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July 17, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Britain must leave EU nuclear body: Verhofstadt



Brussels (AFP) July 12, 2017
Britain cannot stay a member of the EU nuclear regulator Euratom after Brexit, whether it wants to or not, European Parliament Brexit pointman Guy Verhofstadt said Wednesday. But Euratom could continue its functions with regard to Britain if London signs an association agreement with the European Union following its departure from the bloc, he added. Membership of Euratom has become a major front between proponents of a "hard" and "soft" Brexit in Britain, after doctors said leaving it could jeo ... read more

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. ... 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
NUKEWARS
UN set to adopt treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
United Nations, United States (AFP) July 7, 2017
A global treaty banning nuclear weapons is set to be adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. ... more
NUKEWARS
122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons
United Nations, United States (AFP) July 7, 2017
A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from nuclear powers Britain, France and the United States which said it disregards the reality of dealing with international security threats such as North Korea. ... more
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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
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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
1.5-bn pound cost overrun at UK's Hinkley nuclear plant: EDF
Paris (AFP) July 3, 2017
A project to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Britain will overrun by 1.5 billion pounds ($1.95 billion, 1.71 billion euros) and may face further delays, its main supplier said Monday. ... 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
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
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


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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
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



Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They've demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study published this month on the cover of the ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
There Will Always be Sun on this Horizon
New Bedford MA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
A partnership between Beaumont Solar and Horizon Beverage is now powering its operations with clean, renewable solar power. Family-owned Horizon Beverage Company have announced their new 978kW DC solar PV system is in operation at their Norton, MA distribution facility. Horizon Beverage selected Beaumont Solar to fully engineer, design and construct the system. Consisting of 2,990 solar pa ... more
San Francisco, CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
SolarEdge Launching First PV Inverter-Integrated Electric Vehicle Charger
Bristol, UK (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Investors Generate 174,000,000 kWh of Renewable Electricity
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Solar cell design using diverse plant pigments
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
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
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
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
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Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
PPPL researchers demonstrate first hot plasma edge in a fusion facility
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Two major issues confronting magnetic-confinement fusion energy are enabling the walls of devices that house fusion reactions to survive bombardment by energetic particles, and improving confinement of the plasma required for the reactions. At the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), researchers have found that coating tokamak walls with lithium-- a light ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Smart transformers could make reliable smart grid a reality
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Study: Mini cellular antennae helps turn muscle into fat
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
First battery-free cellphone makes calls by harvesting ambient power
200 green activists killed in 2016, record toll: watchdog
Paris (AFP) July 13, 2017
At least 200 environmental campaigners and protectors - 40 percent from indigenous tribes - were murdered around the world in 2016, the deadliest year on record, the watchdog organisation Global Witness said Thursday. The grim tally, double the number slain two years earlier, is the largest since the NGO began tracking such violence in 2002, it reported. The real number is probably hig ... more
Lowell MA (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Study finds toxic mercury is accumulating in the Arctic tundra
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Human activities worsen air quality in Dunhuang, a desert basin in China
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Herbicide boost for tadpoles: study
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Soldier killed in attack in Nigeria's oil-rich south
Warri, Nigeria (AFP) July 13, 2017
One soldier was killed and several others injured in an attack on military personnel in Nigeria's oil-rich south, a security source said on Thursday, in the second incident this month in the restive region. The attack happened in the early hours of Thursday in the Ogbogbagbene community, southwest of the Delta state capital Warri, according to locals. A source at Nigeria's Department of ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Oil prices stabilize after supply declined last month
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Oil output slow, steady for U.S. in Gulf of Mexico
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Most oil players losing confidence in the market, IEA says
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope. Since before Curiosity's landing five years ago next month, this feature has been recognized as one of four unique terrains on lower Mount Sharp and therefore a key mission destination. Curiosity's science team informal ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 14, 2017
Opportunity will spend three weeks at current location due to Solar Conjunction
Scientists upgrade database tracking global temperatures across millennia
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
A consortium of international scientists led by a climate expert from USC have upgraded an open-source global database tracking the Earth's temperatures since 1 A.D. that further confirms that the Earth is warming at a rate unprecedented in recent geologic history. The database by the PAGES 2k Consortium relies on proxy data such as tree rings, corals, glacier ice, marine sediment and other such ... more
Manila (AFP) July 14, 2017
ADB warns climate change 'disastrous' for Asia
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Two significant warming intervals in southern China since 1850
New York (AFP) July 12, 2017
Bloomberg outlines plan to quantify US climate efforts
Carbon displays quantum effects
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Chemists at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum have found evidence that carbon atoms cannot only behave like particles but also like waves. This quantum-mechanical property is well-known for light particles such as electrons or hydrogen atoms. However, researchers have only rarely observed the wave-particle duality for heavy atoms, such as carbon. The team led by Prof Dr Wolfram Sander and Tim Schlei ... more
Clemson SC (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Clemson researchers illuminate the field of microscopy with nanoparticle 'buckyswitch'
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Highly nitrogen and sulfur dual-doped carbon microspheres for supercapacitors
Onna, Japan (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Recruiting manganese to upgrade carbon dioxide
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USNS Lewis B. Puller expeditionary sea base deploys for first time
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
The USNS Lewis B. Puller has deployed from Val Air Station Norfolk, marking the first operational cruise of the expeditionary sea base as it joins its supporting role in the U.S. Fifth Fleet. The Puller is part of the U.S. Navy's Sealift Command and has a joint U.S. Navy and civilian crew. "The Puller is a brand new ship, so we had a lot to learn. The military crew has been train ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Navy to commission Arleigh Burke destroyer USS John Finn
Yaoundé (AFP) July 17, 2017
34 Cameroonian soldiers missing after boat capsize
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Sweden orders aluminum fast attack combat boats
Macron assures Israel of 'vigilance' on Iran nuclear pact
Paris (AFP) July 16, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday assured visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his "vigilance" regarding the 2015 nuclear accord reached by Western powers with Iran. Netanyahu "expressed his concerns regarding the Iranian regime," Macron told reporters with Netanyahu at his side. "I assured him of our vigilance, in particular over the strict implementation of the ac ... more
Seoul (AFP) July 15, 2017
N. Korea likely has more plutonium than previously thought: monitor
Washington (AFP) July 14, 2017
Two years on, nuclear deal has fewer friends in US and Iran
Jerusalem (AFP) July 10, 2017
Israeli nuclear whistleblower spared jail over 2013 meeting
Australia military powers beefed up for terror attacks
Sydney (AFP) July 17, 2017
Australia's military will be given greater power to act during terror attacks, the prime minister said Monday, following a review of security forces' responses to a spate of local and international incidents. Among a raft of changes, police will no longer have to wait until they have exhausted their capacity to call on the army during a terror attack, while special forces will be embedded in ... more
Washington (AFP) July 12, 2017
US troops inside Raqa, IS Syria stronghold: official
Beirut (AFP) July 11, 2017
Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) July 11, 2017
Five killed in Boko Haram ambush in NE Nigeria: sources
Sikorsky receives CH-53D contract from Israel for parts, services
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Sikorsky has signed an agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Defense to supply spare parts and engineering services for Israel's fleet of Ch-53D helicopters. The program is slated to last 7 years and will procure and deliver obsolete or diminished supply parts. Israel has operated the helicopter since 1969 and is the only remaining D model operator left in the world. Many parts are har ... more
Singapore (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Singapore developing space-based VHF communications for air traffic management
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Boeing receives contract for MH-47G special operations helicopters
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Leonardo contracted by Britain for Typhoon countermeasures upgrades
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Civilian deaths soar in Iraq, Syria: monitoring group
Washington (AFP) July 12, 2017
The US-led coalition attacking the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria killed as many as 744 civilians in June, an independent monitor said Wednesday. Airwars - a London-based collective of journalists and researchers that uses social media, eyewitness reports and other sources to compile its data - said the concurrent assaults on Raqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq were often "devastating." ... more
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 13, 2017
West Mosul residents start mammoth task of rebuilding
Beirut (AFP) July 8, 2017
In IS-held Raqa, parched civilians risk lives for water
Tallinn (AFP) July 6, 2017
EU ministers pledge steps to tackle migrant flood
Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Wearable technologies - from heart rate monitors to virtual reality headsets - are exploding in popularity in both the consumer and research spaces, but most of the electronic sensors that detect and transmit data from wearables are made of hard, inflexible materials that can restrict both the wearer's natural movements and the accuracy of the data collected. Now, a team of researchers at ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) July 12, 2017
Robots debate future of humans at Hong Kong tech show
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
Three European firms join in robot ship project
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Government Agencies Turn to Private Sector for Help Adopting Intelligent Technologies


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