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June 23, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Toshiba delays results again citing US nuclear unit



Tokyo (AFP) June 23, 2017
Toshiba delayed the release of its long-overdue earnings again Friday, with the troubled conglomerate saying it needed more time to finish accounting work at its loss-hit US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric (WEC). The latest in a string of delays comes amid doubt about the future of one of Japan's best-known firms, which is grappling with claims of financial misconduct at the atomic unit. Westinghouse is now sitting in bankruptcy protection. Toshiba twice postponed nine-month earnings before i ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Russia sells stake in Akkuyu nuclear plant project in Turkey
Moscow (AFP) June 19, 2017
Russian state nuclear energy conglomerate Rosatom on Monday agreed the sale of a 49-percent stake in the nuclear plant project Akkuyu in Turkey to Turkish investors, Russian agencies reported. ... more
TECH SPACE
Cloudy with a chance of radiation: NASA studies simulated radiation
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 14, 2017
In each life a little rain must fall, but in space, one of the biggest risks to astronauts' health is radiation "rain". NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is simulating space radiation on Earth fol ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan court clears way for nuclear reactor restarts
Tokyo (AFP) June 13, 2017
A Japanese court Tuesday gave the green light to switch on two more nuclear reactors despite heavy public opposition, in the latest victory for the government's pro-atomic push. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA-EWN consortium to dismantle the Reactor Pressure Vessel at Brunsbuttel
Paris, France (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Under the contract signed with Vattenfall GmbH, the AREVA-EWN Consortium is to dismantle and package the reactor pressure vessel internals of the Brunsbuttel nuclear power plant in Germany. Work sho ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
UNIST improves remote detection of hazardous radioactive substances
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has introduced a method for the remote detection of hazardous radioactive substances. With the help of this newly-developed detection device, the detection of v ... more
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. ... 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


Atomic structure of irradiated materials is more akin to liquid than glass

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



Corn better used as food than biofuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of econom ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Researchers produce biofuel for conventional diesel engines
Bath UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide
Photopower for microlabs
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Miniaturized devices such as microsensors often require an independent, equally miniaturized power supply. Searching for suitable systems, Japanese scientists have now developed a fully integrated microfluidic device that produces hydrogen fuel and converts it into electrical energy based on photocatalysis. As they report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, it works fully autonomously and delivers ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Using sunlight to the max
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
NRL Issued Patent for Solar Microbial Fuel Cell
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
With over 20 years in sustainable investment, Thrive Renewables, (previously Triodos Renewables) has provided mezzanine loans for two wind farms in Scotland that will have a combined total capacity of 11.5MW which will generate and deliver clean, smart energy to the UK grid. Once built, these projects will be able to generate enough green electricity for 7,760[1] homes. In partnership with ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
GE Energy Financial Services Surpasses $15 Billion in Renewable Energy Investments
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
There's no alternative but to pursue an energy strategy that calls for a low-carbon trajectory for economic growth, European leaders said from Vienna. More than 100 delegates were on hand for a forum in Vienna on the transition to an energy pathway focused on renewable and alternative energy resources. "There is no other alternative for the Energy Community members than to follow ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
Keeping the hydrogen coming
Rosatom Develops Radiation-Powered Electricity Source for Medicine, Outer Space
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 23, 2017
Deputy head of the Russia's "Luch" laboratory Aleksander Pavkin said that a small-scale power source created in laboratory will be completely safe with respect to radiation, since the isotope does not emanate neutron or gamma radiation. Russia's "Luch" enterprise, which is part of the scientific division of Rosatom, has created a small-scale power source based on the radioactive nickel-63 ... more
Upton NY (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
New efficient, low-temperature catalyst for hydrogen production
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Battery improvements spark HEV EV market breakthrough
Vietnam environment official sacked over mass fish kill
Hanoi (AFP) June 21, 2017
A senior Vietnamese environment official has been fired for negligence over a toxic waste dump that killed tonnes of fish in a major environmental crisis last year, according to officials and state media. Luong Duy Hanh, director of Vietnam's Environment Protection Management Department, is the latest official to be punished over the toxic leak, which was blamed on a multi-billion dollar ste ... more
Athens (AFP) June 22, 2017
Athens rubbish piles up as Greeks protest contracts
Islamabad (AFP) June 22, 2017
Pakistani citizens gasp for clean air
Algiers (AFP) June 19, 2017
Donkeys at dawn: a rubbish job in the Algiers Kasbah
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Dallas Fed upbeat, but sees risk from lower oil prices
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
Despite the recent downturn in crude oil prices, a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said the state economy is growing at a moderate pace. "The manufacturing and energy sectors saw continued job gains in May, as oil prices stabilized and the effect of the strong dollar on exports abated somewhat," the bank's latest report read. "The energy sector continues to make significa ... more
Bodo, Nigeria (AFP) June 22, 2017
Anger in Nigeria's south over oil spill clean-up delay
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
Alaska critical to U.S. energy strategy, federal government says
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
Oil prices showing clear signs of daily gains
NASA, French Space Agency Express Commitment to Joint Exploration
Le Bourget, France (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
France and the United States have a long history of cooperation in space, combining their talents over the years to advance science and launch exploration missions whose results have been instrumental in creating entirely new fields of research. The leaders of the two space agencies, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall, reaffirmed the agencies' ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Mars Orbiter spots rover ascending Mount Sharp
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
Opportunity Straightens Wheel, Resumes Driving
NASA-MIT Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Atmospheric Gases Sponge
New York NY (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
The world's oceans are like brakes slowing down the full effects of greenhouse gas warming of the atmosphere. Over the last ten years, one-fourth of human-emissions of carbon dioxide as well as 90 percent of additional warming due to the greenhouse effect have been absorbed by the oceans. Acting like a massive sponge, the oceans pull from the atmosphere heat, carbon dioxide and other gases, such ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
OECD: Air pollution, urbanization offsetting gains in renewables
Warder, Ethiopia (AFP) June 22, 2017
Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia
Warder, Ethiopia (AFP) June 22, 2017
Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia
UNIST researchers engineer transformer-like carbon nanostructure
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has engineered a new type of carbon nanomaterials, capable of changing shapes and colors depending on the type of solvents used. Such materials have attracted much attention owing to their unique optical properties and structures. In the study, the joint research team, led by Professor Byung Soo kim and Professor Oh Hoon Kwon has presented a unique des ... more
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Graphene encapsulation provides unprecedented view of the diffusion and rotation of fullerene molecules
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
New chemical method could revolutionize graphene
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Researchers find a surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment
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Royal Australian Navy receives first Hobart-class destroyer
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
The first of three planned Hobart-class air warfare destroyers has been delivered to the Royal Australian Navy at Osborne shipyard, Adelaide. The destroyer has already completed several weeks of sea trials with testing of its vital systems and is expected to be commissioned by the RAN next year. The class is being built by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance composed of the Australian De ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
New Navy transport launched
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
Huntington Ingalls awarded $3 billion contract for America-class vessels
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Kraken Sonar, ATLAS team-up on mine-detection, sonar systems
China's top diplomat holds talks with Trump on N. Korea
Washington (AFP) June 23, 2017
China's top diplomat told Donald Trump that Beijing was willing to keep working with Washington to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula - days after the US leader implied that Chinese efforts had failed. The meeting between State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Trump at the White House on Thursday also came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China to step up diplomatic and econo ... more
Seoul (AFP) June 23, 2017
N.Korea conducts rocket engine test: US official
Beijing (AFP) June 20, 2017
N. Korea tour firms mull ban on Americans after Warmbier death
Seoul (AFP) June 22, 2017
N. Korea calls Trump a 'psychopath'
Google steps up efforts to block extremism, following Facebook
Washington (AFP) June 19, 2017
Google is stepping up its efforts to block "extremist and terrorism-related videos" over its platforms, using a combination of technology and human monitors. The measures announced Sunday come on the heels of similar efforts unveiled by Facebook last week, and follow a call by the Group of Seven leaders last month for the online giants to do more to curb online extremist content. "While ... more
Bamako (AFP) June 19, 2017
Two dead as suspected jihadists attack Mali tourist resort
Stockholm (AFP) June 16, 2017
Sharp rise in violent Islamist extremists in Sweden: intelligence
Moscow (AFP) June 16, 2017
Russia says may have killed IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Grounded US F-35s to resume flying after oxygen problem
Washington (AFP) June 20, 2017
Dozens of F-35 stealth fighters that were grounded for 11 days due to an oxygen-supply problem aboard the expensive warplanes will resume flying on Wednesday, the US Air Force said. Investigators were unable to identify a root cause of the issue, which had prompted the 56th Fighter Wing of Luke Air Force Base, Arizona to ground its F-35s. "However, specific concerns were eliminated as po ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Congress considering restart of F-22 program
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin still moving F-16 production to South Carolina
Paris (AFP) June 20, 2017
Chinese and Russians aim to end Airbus-Boeing duopoly
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FLIR awarded $17.9 million contract for Coast Guard surveillance systems
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
FLIR Surveillance has been awarded a $17.9 million for the procurement of Forward Looking Infra-red SAFIRE 380 systems for the Coast Guard, the Department of Defense announced Monday. The contract includes parts, control units, installation, software, engineering and logistical support for the systems. 19 FLIRs will be procured for the Coast Guard's HC-27J surveillance plane fleet. ... more
Lisbon (AFP) June 18, 2017
Portugal forest fire kills 24, injures 20
Batang Hari, Indonesia (AFP) June 16, 2017
As homelands devastated, Indonesian tribe turns to Islam
Paris (AFP) June 16, 2017
Europe's dilemma - how to deal with returning jihadists
Learning with light: New system allows optical 'deep learning'
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
"Deep Learning" computer systems, based on artificial neural networks that mimic the way the brain learns from an accumulation of examples, have become a hot topic in computer science. In addition to enabling technologies such as face- and voice-recognition software, these systems could scour vast amounts of medical data to find patterns that could be useful diagnostically, or scan chemical form ... more
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Facebook gives bots ability to negotiate, compromise
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Autonomous machines edge towards greater independence


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