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June 08, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
German court nukes tax on power firms



Berlin (AFP) June 7, 2017
Power companies in Germany stand to gain billions in refunds from the government after the country's top court declared Wednesday that a nuclear fuel tax was illegal. The news boosted shares of major operators E.ON and RWE, which must phase out atomic power by 2022 under a decision Chancellor Angela Merkel made after Japan's 2011 Fukushima disaster. Germany's Constitutional Court ruled that the nuclear fuel tax imposed from 2011-16 was unconstitutional and scrapped it retrospectively. The ta ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan workers exposed to dangerous radiation in lab
Tokyo (AFP) June 7, 2017
Japan's nuclear energy agency said Wednesday that five employees have been exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation after a bag containing plutonium broke apart during a routine inspection. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
A new twist on the origin of uranium
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Uranium, the radioactive element that fuels nuclear power plants and occurs naturally in the Earth's crust, is typically mined from large sandstone deposits deep underground. The uranium in these de ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Nuclear-wary Japan restarts another atomic reactor
Tokyo (AFP) June 6, 2017
A Japanese utility switched on another nuclear reactor Tuesday in a small victory for the government's pro-atomic push, despite strong public opposition after the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. ... more
TECH SPACE
New method allows real-time monitoring of irradiated materials
Boston MA (SPX) May 31, 2017
A new advance on a method developed by MIT researchers could enable continuous, high-precision monitoring of materials exposed to a high-radiation environment. The method may allow these materials t ... more
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TECH SPACE
Atomic structure of irradiated materials is more akin to liquid than glass
Washington DC (SPX) May 30, 2017
Materials exposed to neutron radiation tend to experience significant damage, leading to the containment challenges involved in immobilizing nuclear waste or nuclear plant confinements. At the nanos ... more
TECH SPACE
Neutron lifetime measurements take new shape for in situ detection
Washington DC (SPX) May 31, 2017
All matter making up the stars, our planet and life upon it came into existence 13.8 billion years ago as a result of the Big Bang. A millisecond after the Big Bang occurred, neutrons and protons fo ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Nuclear spent fuel fire could force millions of people to relocate
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 30, 2017
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) relied on faulty analysis to justify its refusal to adopt a critical measure for protecting Americans from the occurrence of a catastrophic nuclear-waste ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Three Mile Island nuclear plant to close in 2019
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
The Three Mile Island atomic power plant - site of the worst U.S. commercial nuclear accident in 1979 - will cease operations in 2019, owner Exelon Corp. announced Tuesday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU clears EDF takeover of Areva reactor business
Brussels (AFP) May 29, 2017
EU anti-trust regulators on Monday cleared the buyout of Areva's troubled state-owned nuclear reactor business by EDF, the electricity supplier also owned by the French state. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Why nuclear could become the next 'fossil' fuel
Homestead, United States (AFP) May 28, 2017
A gray dinosaur statue outside south Florida's largest power plant is meant to symbolize two decommissioned fossil fuel reactors, but it also could be seen to represent a nuclear industry crumpling under mounting costs. ... more


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CIVIL NUCLEAR
Swiss vote for gradual nuclear phaseout, energy makeover
Geneva (AFP) May 21, 2017
The Swiss voted Sunday in favour of a massive overhaul of the country's energy system by gradually replacing the power from its ageing nuclear reactors with renewable sources. ... more
TECH SPACE
Luminous bacteria will help to measure radioactivity
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) May 23, 2017
During the research, the scientists were to answer the following questions which are currently considered to be important in the realm of radiobiology: What are the peculiarities of low-dose gamma r ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Hungary: AREVA NP awarded contract for safety IC modernization at Paks Nuclear Power Plant
Paris, France (SPX) May 22, 2017
AREVA NP will update the reactor protection system of the Paks nuclear power plant* 4 units together with its Hungarian consortium partner evopro systems engineering Kft. The scope of the cont ... more
TECH SPACE
Revolutionary new sunscreen features melanin-mimicking nanoparticles
Washington (UPI) May 17, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created a sunscreen that both mimics and enhances the skin's natural protective abilities. ... more



Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Recycling can encompass more than just materials like plastics and paper. Important chemicals can also be recovered and reused. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new technique for recycling plant material into stock chemicals, or commodity chemicals. When recycling plant materials, the target is lignin, a complex organic polymer that provides structure to ... more
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in vital grass crops
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer
Replacing coal with solar can save lives and money
Houghton MI (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
In a new study published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, a team from Michigan Technological University calculated the cost of combusting coal in terms of human lives along with the potential benefits of switching to solar. Tens of thousands of Americans die prematurely each year from air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal. By transitioning to solar photovo ... more
Turku, Finland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
New low-cost material for lighting and diagnostics produces white light imitating sunlight
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
US official backs clean energy cooperation with China
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Artificial transpiration for solar water purification
ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
The largest regional investor in renewable energy, the Asian Development Bank said Monday it was pegging clean energy to development in Pacific economies. In an annual regional update, the ADB said it was working to promote renewable energy strategies in the Pacific region by helping to drive the low-carbon economy forward. The ADB's current portfolio of energy sector projects in the re ... more
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
GE Energy Financial Services Surpasses $15 Billion in Renewable Energy Investments
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
U.S. states taking up wind energy mantle
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
India vows to 'go beyond' Paris accord, adding pressure on Trump
Paris (AFP) June 3, 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed Saturday to go "above and beyond" the Paris Agreement on climate change, as he met French President Emmanuel Macron following the controversial US decision to quit the deal. Two days after US President Donald Trump sensationally announced plans to withdraw from the pact on curbing carbon emissions Modi said India would "continue working... above and ... more
New York (AFP) June 2, 2017
US states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Keeping the hydrogen coming
Paris (AFP) June 1, 2017
US may do less harm outside climate pact than in it: analysts
Electrocatalyst nanostructures key to improved fuel cells, electrolyzers
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Purdue University scientists' simulations have unraveled the mystery of a new electrocatalyst that may solve a significant problem associated with fuel cells and electrolyzers. Fuel cells, which use chemical reactions to produce energy, and electrolyzers, which convert energy into hydrogen or other gases, use electrocatalysts to promote chemical reactions. Electrocatalysts that can activat ... more
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
'Instantly rechargeable' battery could change the future of electric and hybrid automobiles
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New model deepens understanding of the dynamics of quark-gluon plasmas
San Diego CA (SPX) May 30, 2017
Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors
A new hyper-local air pollution map
Austin TX (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Engineering researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed the most detailed and extensive local map of air pollution ever produced for an urban area, using specially equipped Google Street View cars to measure air quality on a block-by-block basis. This new hyper-local mobile approach to measuring air quality, which reveals that air pollution can vary dramatically even within a ... more
Trbovlje, Slovenia (AFP) June 4, 2017
Slovenia's 'eco-hero' who crushed a cement giant
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Americans' caffeine habit may be harming waterways, wildlife
Paris (AFP) June 7, 2017
Woman sues France over Paris pollution health damage
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U.S. rig count doubled from last year
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
The number of rigs targeting oil and gas reserves in the United States in May was double the level from last year, Baker Hughes reported. Rig counts serve as a loose metric to gauge the industry's interest in spending on exploration and production in a particular sector. A report last year from consultant group IHS Markit found new production from the heavier oil sands in Canada, for ex ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
U.S. eating into OPEC market share, Texas economist says
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
A sense of OPEC divisions a blow to oil prices
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Trafigura: Oil trade volumes up, but market is over-supplied
Study estimates amount of water needed to carve Martian valleys
DeKalb, IL (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
A new study led by Northern Illinois University geography professor Wei Luo calculates the amount of water needed to carve the ancient network of valleys on Mars and concludes the Red Planet's surface was once much more watery than previously thought. The study bolsters the idea that Mars once had a warmer climate and active hydrologic cycle, with water evaporating from an ancient ocean, r ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 08, 2017
Opportunity Surveying the spillway into Perseverance Valley
Las Vegas VA (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
Collateral damage from cosmic rays increases cancer risks for Mars astronauts
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 02, 2017
Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake
Quantifying the effects of climate change
Paris (ESA) Jun 06, 2017
Last year was the hottest on record, Arctic sea ice is on the decline and sea levels continue to rise. In this context, satellites are providing us with an unbiased view of how our climate is changing and the effects it is having on our planet. Estimates show that the global sea level is rising by about 3 mm a year. This is one of the major threats of global warming, especially for low-lyi ... more
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Earliest human impact on geological processes took place 11,500 years ago
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 6, 2017
US 'on the wrong side of history' on climate: French UN envoy
Montreal (AFP) June 5, 2017
Exit has 'galvanized' US support behind Paris accord; Bloomberg speaks out
Searching beyond graphene for new wonder materials
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Graphene, the two-dimensional, ultra lightweight and super-strong carbon film, has been hailed as a wonder material since its discovery in 2004. Now researchers are going beyond graphene and preparing other 2-D films with extraordinary properties for applications in wearable electronics, sensors and energy storage. The cover story in Chemical and Engineering News (C and EN), the weekly newsmagaz ... more
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) May 31, 2017
New method of characterizing graphene
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 30, 2017
BESSY 2 experiment shows 3D graphene properties are tuneable
Houston TX (SPX) May 26, 2017
Laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling
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Harris producing sonobuoy launch equipment for Boeing
Washington (UPI) Jun 1, 2017
Harris Corporation is supplying Boeing with sonobuoy launching equipment for use by P-8A anti-submarine aircraft. The Poseidons - 49 in all - are to be flown by the U.S. Navy in addition to the military forces of Australia and Britain, Harri Corporation said. "The P-8A will be at the center of the U.S. and its allies' anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare missions for the for ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
Vigor Works receives stealth boat contract for Navy Seals
Washington (UPI) Jun 1, 2017
Vietnamese coast guard receives former U.S. vessel
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives towed array contract
N Korea fires volley of cruise missiles, fifth test in a month
Seoul (AFP) June 8, 2017
North Korea launched a volley of surface-to-ship cruise missiles off its east coast Thursday, Seoul's defence ministry said, the latest in an accelerating series of tests defying global pressure to rein in its weapons program. The launches come less than a week after the United Nations expanded sanctions against Pyongyang in response to recent ballistic missile tests. "North Korea fired ... more
Jerusalem (AFP) June 5, 2017
Research questions whether Israel considered 1967 atomic blast
Sydney (AFP) June 5, 2017
Tillerson tells China to 'step up' on North Korea
Tokyo (AFP) June 4, 2017
Japan holds evacuation drills as N.Korea missile fears grow
Politicians backing Islamist militants in Philippines: army
Manila (AFP) June 8, 2017
One local politician has been arrested and others are wanted for supporting Islamist militants who have taken over parts of a southern Philippine city, authorities said Thursday. Nearly 200 people have been reported killed since militants flying black flags of the Islamic State group went on a rampage in Marawi, the main Muslim city in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, on May 23. ... more
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) June 7, 2017
Long battle feared as militants hold on in Philippine city
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 6, 2017
France will ask UN to authorize Sahel counter-terror force
Sydney (AFP) June 5, 2017
US, Australian officials warn of returning foreign fighters
China rolls out export trainer/fighter aircraft
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
The first export variant of China's new FTC-2000 pilot trainer/fighter aircraft has rolled off an assembly line and will be shipped to Sudan after testing. The FTC-2000 Shanying was developed by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China. It is the main advanced trainer used by the PLA Air Force and the PLA Navy. ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 6, 2017
Elbit supplying F-35 cockpit display replacement
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
Mitsubishi completes construction of first F-35A
Washington (UPI) May 30, 2017
Orbital ATK to produce components for B-2 stealth bomber
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GMV to supply Copernicus services in support to EU external action
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
e-GEOS, a firm made up by Telespazio (80%) and the Italian Space Agency (20%), has entered into a 7.5-million- euro framework contract with the European Union Satellite Centre (SATCEN) for the supply of Copernicus security services in support to EU external action (SEA). This service aims at providing geospatial information for remote, hard-to- access areas posing a high security risk, als ... more
Caracas (AFP) June 8, 2017
Teen killed in Venezuela as military commander urges troops not to hurt protesters
Colombo (AFP) June 5, 2017
Sri Lanka hails record military deployment as toll hits 213
Tokyo (AFP) June 7, 2017
Japan workers exposed to dangerous radiation in lab
Tactile sensor gives robots new capabilities
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Eight years ago, Ted Adelson's research group at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) unveiled a new sensor technology, called GelSight, that uses physical contact with an object to provide a remarkably detailed 3-D map of its surface. Now, by mounting GelSight sensors on the grippers of robotic arms, two MIT teams have given robots greater sensitivity and ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 06, 2017
Meet the most nimble-fingered robot ever built
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Muscle grafts could help amputees sense and control artificial limbs
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges


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