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July 10, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
France could close a third of nuclear reactors: minister



Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
France's new environment minister said Monday that nearly a third of the country's nuclear reactors could be shut under plans to scale back the amount of electricity produced from atomic power. In 2015, the previous Socialist-dominated parliament passed a law obliging the government to reduce the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent by 2025 compared with around 75 percent now. "We can all understand that to reach this target, we're going to have to close a certain numb ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Mitsubishi, Assystem take stakes in France's nuclear reactors firm
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi and French engineering consulting firm Assystem have taken stakes in French nuclear reactor business New NP, created from Areva, electricity firm EDF said Monday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Sixth MOX nuclear shipment leaves France for Japan
Cherbourg, France (AFP) July 5, 2017
A cargo of reprocessed nuclear fuel containing highly radioactive plutonium left the French port of Cherbourg for Japan under heavy security on Wednesday as demonstrators protested against the transport. ... more
CYBER WARS
Utilities including nuclear firms hacked: NYT
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Firms operating nuclear power plants and other energy facilities in the US have been hacked in recent months, the New York Times reported Thursday. ... more
TECH SPACE
Study: Plants use hydrogen peroxide as sunscreen
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Plants need sunlight to survive. But like humans, plants can suffer damage from overexposure. Plants can get sunburned, too. ... more
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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. ... 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
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. ... 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
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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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



Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Could cellulosic biofuels - or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood - become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center say yes, but with a few important caveats. "The climate benefit of cellulosic biofuels is actually much grea ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Environmental groups say G20 paying lip service to clean energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
The world's leading economies are skewing their financial strength toward fossil fuels even as the rhetoric shifts to renewables, environmental groups said. More than 20 heads of state and government representatives arrive Friday in Hamburg for the 12th summit for members of the G20 economic bloc. In the past, members endorsed a toolkit for renewable energy development, energy efficienc ... more
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
The Last Day of Net-Metering Brings Memories of Fighting for Every Solar Watt
Los Angeles (AFP) July 2, 2017
Californians take a shine to solar power
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria is ahead of the curve when it comes to renewable energy potential in Africa and General Electric aims to ride that momentum, a regional manager said. GE sponsored a conference on renewable energy in the African sector, highlighting Algeria's lead in wind and solar power developments. By 2030, the government aims to install about 22,000 megawatts of renewable power, which would b ... more
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
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
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. The announcement Thursday took the wraps off one of the secretive projects at the Alphabet unit X, known notably for its work on self-driving cars and internet balloons. Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had bee ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
(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
International team develops new way to produce pure hydrogen efficiently
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Christopher J. Kiely, Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor, Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University, and an international team have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO). The discovery, described in a paper in the journal Science, could improve the performance of fuel cells that run on hydr ... more
Sydney (AFP) July 7, 2017
Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia
Upton, NY (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Electron orbitals may hold key to unifying concept of high-temperature superconductivity
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
First battery-free cellphone makes calls by harvesting ambient power
Human activities worsen air quality in Dunhuang, a desert basin in China
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Dunhuang is a typical desert basin in western China, with the Qilian mountains to the south, Kumtag desert and Lop-Nur to the west, Beisai mountain to the north, and Sanwei mountain to the east. Besides, the famous Taklimakan and Tengger deserts are also located in the west and east of Dunhuang region, respectively. Dunhuang is also a world-famous scenic spot, encompassing Mogao Caves, Cre ... more
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Herbicide boost for tadpoles: study
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline
West Tabir, Indonesia (AFP) June 21, 2017
Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom
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Russian gas at play in U.S.-Ukrainian diplomacy
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Ukraine appreciates the U.S. efforts to block the expansion of a Russian natural gas pipeline running through the Baltic Sea, the country's president said. Ukrainian President Petro Poreshenko hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the weekend, as U.S. President Donald Trump met with international leaders at a summit in Hamburg for the Group of 20 economies. Poreshen ... more
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Russia committed to oil price stability effort
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Oil spills disrupt entire food webs, new study shows
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Oil under pressure from OPEC, U.S. output
Mars surface 'more uninhabitable' than thought: study
Paris (AFP) July 6, 2017
Hopes of finding life on Mars, at least on the surface, were dealt a blow Thursday by a study revealing that salt minerals present on the Red Planet kill bacteria. In lab tests on Earth, the compounds known as perchlorates killed cultures of the bacteria Bacillus subtilis, a basic life form, a research duo from the University of Edinburgh's School of Physics and Astronomy reported. Perch ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 03, 2017
Mars Rover Opportunity continuing science campaign at Perseverance Valley
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
The Niagara Falls of Mars once flowed with lava
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2017
Russian Devices for ExoMars Mission to Be Ready in Fall 2017
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G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?
Hamburg (AFP) July 9, 2017
G20 countries have managed to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement - but at the cost of risky concessions. After the US president decided last month to pull out of the hard-fought deal to combat global warming, climate change was always going to be centre-stage at this week's gathering of the G20 - ... more
Paris (AFP) July 5, 2017
Climate change could make Sahel wet: study
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord
Hamburg (AFP) July 7, 2017
G20 draft statement shows 19-against-US split on climate
Recruiting manganese to upgrade carbon dioxide
Onna, Japan (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is known as a greenhouse gas and plays an essential role in climate change; it is no wonder scientists have been looking for solutions to prevent its release in the environment. However, as a cheap, readily available and non-toxic carbon source, in the past few years there have been efforts to turn carbon dioxide into valuable wares, or 'value-added' products. For inst ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
A room temperature field-effect transistor using graphene's electron spin
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Black carbon varies, but stubbornly persists, in snow and ice around the world
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
Researchers create tiny sensor using 'white graphene'
Huntington Ingalls contracted for LPD 29 amphibious transport ship
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Huntington Ingalls has received a $218 million modification to an existing contract for advance construction activities on the San Antonio-class LPD 29 amphibious transport dock ship. The modification provides for long-lead time manufacturing materials and construction, the Department of Defense announced on June 30. Work will be conducted in Pascagoula, Miss., Beloit, Wash., and at oth ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
BAE building Britain's first Type 26 frigates
Hong Kong (AFP) July 7, 2017
Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning arrives in Hong Kong
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
Australia's aviation training ship sails to home port
N.Korea seeks 'driver's seat' with ICBM test: analysts
Seoul (AFP) July 6, 2017
Newly equipped with an intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korea is looking to put itself in the "driver's seat" for any future negotiations with Washington, analysts say - but may at the same time be pushing such talks further away. The weapon, tested on the United States' Independence Day, can reach Alaska, and could go even further. It brings within reach Pyongyang's long-held ... more
Seoul (AFP) July 4, 2017
N.Korea's ICBM capability: what now?
Seoul (AFP) July 4, 2017
N. Korea claims major breakthrough with first ICBM test
Seoul (AFP) July 5, 2017
US, S.Korea send North missile warning after ICBM test
Niger air strike kills 14 civilians mistaken for jihadists
Niamey (AFP) July 6, 2017
An air strike by Niger's army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, regional officials said Thursday. The victims were farmers who had fled the area around the village of Abadam on the Nigerian border due to the raging insurgency. They were killed in an air strike Wednesday as they retur ... more
Baghdad (AFP) July 9, 2017
Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 8, 2017
Mosul becomes 'graveyard' for foreign jihadists
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2017
US conducts air strikes on Shabaab militants in Somalia
Lockheed gets $74 million for F-35 production for Marines, Japan
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Lockheed Martin has received contracts with a cumulative value of $74 million for advanced materials for F-35 construction for the Marine Corps and engineering services for Japan. The contracts will apply to long-lead time parts, materials for future low-rate production of F-35s for the Marine Corps along with engineering and assembly on future jets for Japan, the Department of Defense ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
Northrop Grumman awarded contract for large aircraft infrared countermesure
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Sikorsky awarded $3.8 billion contract for Saudi Arabian black hawks
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
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In IS-held Raqa, parched civilians risk lives for water
Beirut (AFP) July 8, 2017
Syria's Raqa once thrived on the banks of the gushing Euphrates River, but dire shortages in the Islamic State group stronghold are forcing desperate civilians to risk their lives for water. The northern city has been without steady running water for several weeks after damage to pipelines by heavy bombardment, including suspected strikes by the US-led coalition. Civilians dehydrated by ... more
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South Korea develops self-propelled howitzer
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
South Korea has developed an upgraded a self-propelled 105mm howitzer and is preparing to mass produce it beginning next year. According to the Yonhap news agency, the weapon features an advanced GPS device and automated fire control for enhanced shoot-and-scoot capability. The number of its operating personnel is also reduced from nine soldiers to five. The weapon, an im ... more
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