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June 09, 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
New low-cost material for lighting and diagnostics produces white light imitating sunlight
Turku, Finland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland, have developed a synthetic material based on the natural hackmanite mineral which produces broad spectrum white light in lamps. The hackmanite created by the Inorganic Materials Chemistry research group is a low-cost material emitting luminescence closer to sunlight than that of the currently used lanthanides. The hackmanite developed by the ... more
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
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Ultra-stable perovskite solar cell remains stable for more than a year
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
Keeping the hydrogen coming
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
A novel molybdenum-coated catalyst that can efficiently split water in acidic electrolytes is developed by researchers at KAUST and could help with efficient production of hydrogen. When burned, hydrogen is converted into water and heat to make an entirely clean power source. Thus, in the quest for greener power, there is an urgent need for a sustainable and efficient means of producing it ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
Paris (AFP) June 3, 2017
India vows to 'go beyond' Paris accord, adding pressure on Trump
New York (AFP) June 2, 2017
US states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord
New model deepens understanding of the dynamics of quark-gluon plasmas
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Quark-gluon plasmas are among the subjects that have been most extensively researched by physicists in recent times. Thanks to the largest particle accelerators in operation today - the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) in the United States - it is now possible to reproduce a quark-gluon plasma in the laboratory. This state of matter is believed ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Scientists develop divide and conquer approach for more stable power generation
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Electrocatalyst nanostructures key to improved fuel cells, electrolyzers
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
The Hague (AFP) June 8, 2017
Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study
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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Oil slips in part on subdued growth forecast from Europe
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
A slight gain in European economic growth competed against political factors and growth expectations Thursday to drag oil prices lower. Eurostat, the statistics office for the European Union, reported first quarter growth rose 0.6 percent from the previous term. For the 19 countries that use the euro currency, GDP during the fourth quarter improved 0.5 percent. Year-over-year, se ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Corporate spat suggests Senegal oil is the real deal
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Norway's Statoil looks for balanced energy mix
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Chinese oil imports up more than 10 percent
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
Washington (UPI) Jun 6, 2017
Tillerson: Paris not an isolationist move
Revolutionary new materials for troubled carbon times: Super filters the world can afford
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Around 2800BC, the ancient inhabitants of Ur, Mesopotamia made a discovery that was to change civilization. They learned that if they blended copper and tin into an alloy, the new composite material was stronger, more useful, and more valuable than any man-made substance to date. It gave its name to the entire age it revolutionized. Bronze. More than 4000 years later, in a study published ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Searching beyond graphene for new wonder materials
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
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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 5, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives towed array contract
Washington (UPI) Jun 1, 2017
Vietnamese coast guard receives former U.S. vessel
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
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 8, 2017
UN condemns N. Korean missile launches, but no council meeting
Seoul (AFP) June 8, 2017
N Korea fires volley of cruise missiles, fifth test in a month
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
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 8, 2017
Egypt accuses Qatar of paying ransom to 'terrorist group'
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) June 8, 2017
Death for nine Filipinos over 2013 Malaysia invasion
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) June 7, 2017
Long battle feared as militants hold on in Philippine city
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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Scorpions the new threat for displaced Mosul civilians
Khazir, Iraq (AFP) June 8, 2017
They survived the fighting in their home town but displaced Mosul residents now face the threat from snakes and scorpions infesting some of the tented camps they are crammed into. In Khazir camp, one of the largest for civilians displaced by the battle against the Islamic State group in Mosul, the searing Iraqi summer has arrived and reptiles and insects are multiplying. Some 32,000 peop ... more
Paphos, Cyprus (AFP) June 9, 2017
Art seeks to heal wounds in divided Cyprus
Caracas (AFP) June 8, 2017
Teen killed in Venezuela as military commander urges troops not to hurt protesters
Tokyo (AFP) June 7, 2017
Japan workers exposed to dangerous radiation in lab
AI gets so-so grade in Chinese university entrance exam
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
An AI machine has taken the maths section of China's annual university entrance exam, finishing it faster than students but with a below average grade. The artificial intelligence machine - a tall black box containing 11 servers placed in the centre of a test room - took two versions of the exam on Wednesday in Chengdu, Sichuan province. The machine, called AI-MATHS, scored 105 out of ... more
Geneva (AFP) June 8, 2017
AI 'good for the world'... says ultra-lifelike robot
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Tactile sensor gives robots new capabilities


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