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June 30, 2017
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UK nuclear plant to cost consumers billions more



London (AFP) June 23, 2017
A highly-controversial UK government deal for the new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant will cost British energy consumers billions more pounds than forecast, the country's National Audit Office said Friday. "The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's deal for Hinkley Point C has locked consumers into a risky and expensive project with uncertain strategic and economic benefits," the NAO said in a report. Under the project, UK energy users will have sums added to their bills fo ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
NWMO to Focus Field Studies on Fewer Communities
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is narrowing its focus to fewer communities as it prepares to further advance the next set of activities in the selection process for a deep geologic ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA obtains transport license for its new cask in France and Belgium
Paris (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
At the end of April and the beginning of June 2017 respectively, the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and its Belgian counterpart, the AFCN, approved the transport license for the new TN MW tra ... more
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). ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
S. Korea to scrap all plans to build new nuclear reactors
Seoul (AFP) June 19, 2017
South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In vowed on Monday to scrap all plans to build new nuclear reactors as he seeks to steer Asia's fourth-largest economy clear of atomic power. ... more
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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
ENERGY TECH
Zig-zagging device focuses high-energy radiation emissions
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
There's no substitute for using the right tool for the job at hand. Using low-energy radiation sources simply isn't suitable for certain tasks: equipment used in cancer treatment requires a strong, ... 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
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


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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



Regulating the indirect land use carbon emissions imposes high hidden costs on fuel
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Farmers earn more profits when there is demand for corn for biofuel instead of for food only. This can lead some to convert grasslands and forests to cropland. This conversion, also called indirect land use change, can have large-scale environmental consequences, including releasing stored carbon into the atmosphere. To penalize the carbon emissions from this so-called indirect land use ch ... more
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Corn better used as food than biofuel
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide
Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production
Durham NC (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells are cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations: China, India and the Arabian Peninsula. The study ... more
Wesel, Germany (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
SOVENTIX and Gentec EPC sign a joint venture agreement to develop solar hybrid projects across Nigeria
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
Pacific island nations get renewable energy support
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
ABB microgrid to power Aruba and support transition to renewable energy
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
Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Can the continental United States make a rapid, reliable and low-cost transition to an energy system that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar and hydroelectric power? While there is growing excitement for this vision, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by 21 of the nation's leading energy experts, including David G. Victor and George R. Tynan from the ... more
(UPI) Jun 12, 2017
Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
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
Tiny bubbles provide tremendous propulsion in new microparticles research-Ben-Gurion U
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
An innovative technique using light and tiny bubbles to propel microparticles at forces many times greater than previously achieved has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers. The new technique could have significant implications in the development of micromotors and optical devices for use in solar cell optics. "What we ultimately hope to achieve is a highly accu ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Illuminating a better way to calculate excitation energy
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Inexpensive organic material gives safe batteries a longer life
Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
When marine biologist Craig Downs first visited the turquoise-blue waters of Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John in 2005, he arrived on a crucial mission: Find out why the health of the park's coral reefs was declining. Downs, part of a team of experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Central Florida and the University of ... more
West Tabir, Indonesia (AFP) June 21, 2017
Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom
Firozabad, India (AFP) June 25, 2017
Facing ruin, India's ancient glass artists blame the Taj
Athens (AFP) June 22, 2017
Athens rubbish piles up as Greeks protest contracts
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Oilfield services company Wood Group sees only modest recovery
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Oilfield services company Wood Group said it was seeing signs of only minor recovery in the energy market, even as it lands a new offshore contract. "In the first half [of the year], we have seen continued challenges in our core oil and gas market with modest recovery only in certain areas," the company said in a statement Thursday. Profits for full-year 2016 were 62 percent lowe ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
British report eyes lower cost for North Sea decommissioning
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Texas oil optimism entrenched, but clouds linger
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Oil extends rally by another day
Mars rover Opportunity on walkabout near crater rim
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind. Those scenarios are among the possible explanations rover-team scientists are considering for features seen just outside the crater rim's crest above "Perseverance Valley," which is carved into the inner slope ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
The Niagara Falls of Mars once flowed with lava
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
Laser-targeting AI Yields More Mars Science
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 23, 2017
Opportunity Straightens Wheel, Resumes Driving
EU girds for stormy G20, climate battle with Trump
Berlin (AFP) June 29, 2017
European leaders vowed Thursday to defend the landmark Paris climate pact at a G20 summit next week, setting them on collision course with US President Donald Trump at what is expected to be a stormy meeting. Leaders of Germany, France, Italy and other EU economies acknowledged their long standing ties with Washington but said they would not give in on "existential" threats like global warmi ... more
Washington (AFP) June 29, 2017
Trump 'proud' of leaving Paris climate deal
Brussels (AFP) June 27, 2017
US mayors bypass Trump to back Paris climate goals
Paris (AFP) June 30, 2017
Half-a-degree of warming boosted extreme weather
Researchers create tiny sensor using 'white graphene'
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
Researchers have developed a new method for creating tiny mechanical sensors using "white graphene." The sensor is made by placing white graphene, a 2D atomic sheet of hexagonal boron nitride, over the minuscule holes in a silicon substrate. Scientists say the material could serve as tiny gas and pressure sensors inside electronics. The hexagonal structure of white graphene is si ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Ultra-compact phase modulators based on graphene plasmons
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
UNIST researchers engineer transformer-like carbon nanostructure
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Graphene encapsulation provides unprecedented view of the diffusion and rotation of fullerene molecules
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Australia's aviation training ship sails to home port
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
A Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel by Damen Shipyards has sailed to Australia on her maiden voyage for official handover to the Royal Australian Navy, the company announced on Tuesday. The MV Sycamore will be commercially operated but will provide the Royal Australian Navy with a helicopter deck and associated training facilities, dedicated aviation operational spaces, multi-function ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
China launches first Type 055 destroyer
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
Huntington Ingalls awarded contract for Flight III destroyers
Rosyth, United Kingdom (AFP) June 26, 2017
UK's new aircraft carrier sets sail for first time
N.Korea conducts rocket engine test: US official
Seoul (AFP) June 23, 2017
North Korea has tested a rocket engine that could be fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, a US official said, in an apparent provocation ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and the leader of South Korea. President Moon Jae-In heads to Washington next week to meet Trump for the first time since taking office in May, as tensions soar on the Korean peninsula over Kim Jo ... more
Riga (AFP) June 27, 2017
Latvia fines banks for breaking North Korea sanctions
Seoul (AFP) June 27, 2017
N.Korea likens Trump to Hitler
Washington (AFP) June 29, 2017
South Korean president lobbies US leaders on North Korea policy
France's Macron due in Mali to back Sahel anti-jihad force
Bamako (AFP) June 30, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron is due in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, as France beefs up its counter-terror operations in the area. The so-called "G5 Sahel" countries just south of the Sahara - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger - have pledged to fight jihadists on their own soil with instability and Islamist attacks on the ... more
Cairo (AFP) June 27, 2017
Egyptian warplanes hit arms convoy from Libya: army
Sanaa (AFP) June 28, 2017
Yemeni troops killed in suspected Qaeda attack: army
Prague (AFP) June 28, 2017
Czech law to allow civilians to shoot during terrorist attacks
NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA's planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane. Senior exper ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2017
State Department approves India for C-17 buy
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Lockheed receives $257.8 million modification to F-35 contract
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
Australia seeks specially-equipped Gulfstream aircraft
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Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Three former executives from the operator of Japan's tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant went on trial Friday, the only people ever to face a criminal court in connection with the 2011 meltdowns that left swathes of countryside uninhabitable. Ex-Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 77, and former vice presidents Sakae Muto, 66, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71, all pleaded ... more
Beijing (AFP) June 27, 2017
China lowers number of missing in landslide to 73
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100
Beijing (AFP) June 27, 2017
New landslide hits China disaster area
Personalized exoskeletons are taking support one step farther
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
Researchers have developed an exoskeleton system that provides personalized support for its user. In healthy volunteers, the optimized exoskeleton reduced energy expenditure during walking by 24%, on average, compared to when the system was not providing personalized support. Exoskeletons can help enhance human abilities, for example by allowing people to lift greater weight or expend less ... more
Redwood City CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Numenta demonstrates machine intelligence algorithm for real-time anomaly detection
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
AI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Snake robot could help maintain space station, explore moon


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