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July 20, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Laser-Armed Nuclear Icebreakers: What Russia Has in Store for Arctic



Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Zvezda contributor Dmitri Yurov outlines the Russian Navy's plans for the construction of Arctic patrol ships with icebreaking capability, and Russian scientists' exploration into the use of laser technology to ease navigation in previously impassable Arctic waters. In recent years, Russia has considerably expanded efforts to ensure sovereignty and security in the Arctic, building up new military infrastructure, and signing off on the creation of new vessels, bases, and technologies for use in the ... read more

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. ... more
TECH SPACE
ANU invention may help to protect astronauts from radiation in space
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have designed a new nano material that can reflect or transmit light on demand with temperature control, opening the door to technology that pr ... 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
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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
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


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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



New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New research from a professor of engineering at UBC's Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. "Methane is a biofuel commonly used in electricity generation and is produced by fermenting organic material," says Cigdem Eskicioglu, an associate professor with UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering. "The process can traditionally t ... more
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
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
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
More EU praise for progress on renewable energy
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
The expansion of renewable energy has been widely criticised for increasing weather-dependent fluctuations in European electricity generation. A new study shows that this is due less to the variability of weather than from a failure to consider the large-scale weather conditions across the whole continent: many European countries are unilaterally following national strategies to expand wind ener ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
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
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
Optimizing hydrogen-powered passenger ferries focus of Sandia Labs study
Livermore CA (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Maritime transportation has emerged as one solution to the traffic gridlock that plagues coastal cities. But with urban passenger ferries operating in sensitive environments and tourist areas, hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger ferries offer a quiet, zero-emission alternative to conventional diesel vessels. In its San Francisco Bay Renewable Energy Electric Vessel with Zero Emissions stu ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
PPPL researchers demonstrate first hot plasma edge in a fusion facility
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
Kicking up a stink: Ukraine's Lviv blighted by trash crisis
Lviv, Ukraine (AFP) July 17, 2017
Ukraine's western city of Lviv is famous for its picture-postcard graceful domes and cobblestone streets but it's not such a pretty sight in the back alleys, which are blighted by growing mountains of garbage. Waste has not been removed from some neighbourhoods in the city of 700,000 people since May, with the stench scaring off tourists and a rat infestation threatening public health. ... more
Paris (AFP) July 13, 2017
200 green activists killed in 2016, record toll: watchdog
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Lowell MA (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Study finds toxic mercury is accumulating in the Arctic tundra
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Libya called to share production plans with OPEC
(UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Libya has been called on by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to share production plans at a summit next week, an oil company director said. Libya and fellow OPEC member-state Nigeria are exempt from the multilateral agreement to stem production in an effort to offset some of the supply-side strains that last year pushed oil prices below $30 per barrel. Both countries ha ... more
(UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Gas prices nationwide holding steady
(UPI) Jul 18, 2017
Iran the winner in recent deal with Total
Lagos (AFP) July 19, 2017
Nigeria and the hunt for oil in Boko Haram's heartland
Sol 1756: Closing time
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 20, 2017
This week marked the last chance for us to reliably command Curiosity before she, and Mars, disappear behind the Sun for about three weeks. This made today's planning feel as if the Sun were setting on our normally active rover activities, akin to this Martian sunset image from 2015. MAHLI, APXS and ChemCam were already stored safely for the upcoming conjunction nap, leaving Mastcam and MA ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 13, 2017
Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination
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
California extends tough climate policy measures to 2030
Los Angeles (AFP) July 18, 2017
California legislators late Monday approved extending the state's tough measures to fight climate change to 2030, a major victory for Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The "cap-and-trade" measure - which cuts greenhouse gas emissions by using free market methods - was approved by the state Assembly and Senate by a two-thirds majority. Brown, a 79 year-old governor of the most populous U ... more
Manila (AFP) July 14, 2017
ADB warns climate change 'disastrous' for Asia
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Scientists upgrade database tracking global temperatures across millennia
New York (AFP) July 12, 2017
Bloomberg outlines plan to quantify US climate efforts
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
With just a bit of fluorine, white graphene becomes a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties. The new material could be used in electronics designed to perform under extreme conditions. White graphene is a two-dimensional atomic sheet of hexagonal boron nitride. Its hexagonal structure is similar to that of regular graphene, but the atomic layer is made up of boron nitride, ... more
Clemson SC (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Clemson researchers illuminate the field of microscopy with nanoparticle 'buckyswitch'
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Fluorine grants white graphene new powers
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Carbon displays quantum effects
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NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Recently, a novel coating developed by researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the exterior topsides of Navy surface ships went beyond small area testing to covering the entire freeboard of an amphibious assault ship. Until April of 2017, NRL's single-component (1K) polysiloxane coating had only been tested on 400-800 sq.ft. areas of ships due to limited production quantities ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Navy to commission Arleigh Burke destroyer USS John Finn
Yaounde (AFP) July 17, 2017
34 Cameroonian soldiers missing after boat capsize
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
USNS Lewis B. Puller expeditionary sea base deploys for first time
US and Iran in tit-for-tat sanctions over missiles
Washington (AFP) July 18, 2017
The US and Iran traded tit-for-tat sanctions on Tuesday over the Islamic republic's ballistic missile program, just hours after Washington admitted Tehran was complying with a landmark nuclear deal signed two years ago. After the US announced its new sanctions, Iran hit back, calling them "worthless" and "illegal" and announcing its own sanctions "against American people and entities that ha ... more
Washington (AFP) July 18, 2017
NKorea 'clearly' has range to hit US: general
Tehran (AFP) July 18, 2017
Iran parliament vows to fight US 'adventurism'
Washington (AFP) July 18, 2017
Trump keeps Iran deal, but threatens more sanctions
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Moscow on Monday said it was struggling to confirm if the leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead or alive, a month after reporting his possible demise. The Russian army said in June that it was trying to verify information that its jets killed Baghdadi during a bombing raid near the IS stronghold of Raqa in Syria. But over a month after the announcement Kremlin s ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Australian military expanding domestic terrorism aid
Sydney (AFP) July 17, 2017
Australia military powers beefed up for terror attacks
Washington (AFP) July 12, 2017
US troops inside Raqa, IS Syria stronghold: official
Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney contracted by Air Force for power system support
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Honeywell International and Pratt and Whitney have received requirements contracts totaling $27 million for engineering and research and development on secondary power systems for multiple platforms of the U.S. Air Force. The twin contracts, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, will cover much of the U.S. Air Force's existing air fleet. The companies have been tasked ... more
Singapore (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
Singapore developing space-based VHF communications for air traffic management
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Boeing receives contract for MH-47G special operations helicopters
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The last survivors on Earth
Oxford UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
The world's most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to a new Oxford University collaboration. The new study published in Scientific Reports, has shown that the tiny creatures, will survive the risk of extinction from all astrophysical catastrophes, and be around for at least 10 billion yea ... more
Debaga, Iraq (AFP) July 18, 2017
Separated by war, Iraqi children wait for parents
Washington (AFP) July 12, 2017
Civilian deaths soar in Iraq, Syria: monitoring group
Leogane, Haiti (AFP) July 18, 2017
Haiti's army reborn 20 years after it was demobilized
Helping robots learn to see in 3-D
Durham NC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Autonomous robots can inspect nuclear power plants, clean up oil spills in the ocean, accompany fighter planes into combat and explore the surface of Mars. Yet for all their talents, robots still can't make a cup of tea. That's because tasks such as turning the stove on, fetching the kettle and finding the milk and sugar require perceptual abilities that, for most machines, are still a fantasy. ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 20, 2017
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
Hong Kong (AFP) July 12, 2017
Robots debate future of humans at Hong Kong tech show
Bangalore, India (AFP) July 14, 2017
India's Infosys eyes artificial intelligence profits


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