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July 28, 2017
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor



Tokyo (AFP) July 23, 2017
Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima's No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. "There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtur ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima reactor
Tokyo (AFP) July 21, 2017
The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Finland's TVO claims partial win in Areva nuclear dispute
Helsinki (AFP) July 20, 2017
Finnish utility TVO on Thursday claimed another partial victory in arbitration in a bitter dispute with France's Areva over a troubled nuclear reactor, which the French side said was "disappointing". ... more
ROBO SPACE
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 ca ... more
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 t ... more
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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
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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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



Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently - in days instead of weeks - and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. Researchers would like to produce algae efficiently because of its potential environmental benefits. Oil from the algae can be used as a petroleum alternative and algae also can be used as food, f ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
How enzymes produce hydrogen
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cells
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells. The team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the United States, have used theoretical and experimental methods to show how bismuth - the so-called "green element" which sits next to lead on the periodic table, could be used in low-cost solar cells. T ... more
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
UNIST hits new world efficiency record with perovskite solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Measure adds Aerial Solar Plant Inspections to Drone Services Portfolio
London, UK (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Cubico completes acquisition of Andasol 1 and Andasol 2 concentrated solar power plants in Spain
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
ABB has won a $30 million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light Static Compensators (STATCOMs) that will smooth out the voltage fluctuations that are an inherent feature of intermittent wind energy. They will increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, enabling more energy efficient and reliable power supplies for millions of ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
GE's renewables not enough to boost overall revenue
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
Natural molecule to boost the performance of electrodes for rechargeable batteries
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Chlorophyll, blood, and vitamin B12 are all based on the porphyrin molecule. But porphyrin can also be used as an electrode material where it speeds up the charging process of rechargeable batteries. In the "Angewandte Chemie International Edition" journal, researchers from KIT now present the new material system that could mark the beginning of an era of high-performance energy storage and supe ... more
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
New chromium-based superconductor has an unusual electronic state
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Molecular microscopy illuminates molecular motor motion
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
High-temperature superconductivity in B-doped Q-carbon
Dozens hospitalised in Indonesia as thick haze spreads
Meulaboh, Indonesia (AFP) July 26, 2017
Young children lie in hospital in Aceh province, Indonesia, as thick smoke caused by forest fires forces dozens of people to be treated for lung infections. Some schoolchildren were still able to go to school in Meulaboh Wednesday wearing masks but several schools suspended classes so students could stay at home. In the past week, about 35 hotspots - concentrations of fires - have de ... more
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Pioneering Paris canal swimming spot closed due to pollution
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) July 18, 2017
Bavaria juggles support for diesel and clean city air
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
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Petronas drops massive natural gas project in Canada
Montreal (AFP) July 26, 2017
Petronas said Tuesday it was pulling out of its Can$36 billion ($28.8 billion US) liquefied natural gas exporting project on Canada's west coast long opposed by environmentalists and native rights activists. The Pacific NorthWest LNG project was greenlighted in September to build a pipeline and two liquefied natural gas terminals on Lelu Island, British Columbia, an area home to a huge natur ... more
(UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Hess: Taxes mask improvements in the second quarter
(UPI) Jul 26, 2017
After LNG project scrapped, TransCanada looks for more export options
(UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Africa-focused Tullow Oil cuts costs, but keeps output steady
Portals to new worlds: Martian exploration near the North Pole
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Perched on the edge of a 39-million-year-old crater is a white circular hut. It sticks out on the rocky, lichen-dotted landscape of Devon Island in Nunavut, Canada. Known as "the Hab," this 26-foot diameter structure is home to six scientists and researchers who just moved in for a 12-week mission to simulate life on Mars. The Arctic has long been a frontier for exploration, and ... 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
Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
The idea of geoengineering, also known as climate engineering, is very controversial. But as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in our atmosphere, scientists are beginning to look at possible emergency measures. A new University of Washington study looks at the idea of marine cloud brightening, which a UW group is investigating as a promising strategy to offset global warming. The str ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
New carbon-capturing membranes may reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Rome (AFP) July 25, 2017
Vatican switches off fountains as Italy battles drought
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Could a geoengineering cocktail control the climate
Large single-crystal graphene is possible
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Boasting the conductivity, strength and flexibility we wished for, graphene was proposed as one of the most likely substitutes for silicon and other materials. Its launch into the market however is still slow. What is curbing graphene from industrial applications? One factor is that top quality single-crystal graphene produced so far is just a couple of millimeters or maximum centimeters in size ... more
Oranjenmund, Namibie (AFP) July 26, 2017
Off Namibia, an underwater diamond harvest
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Chemical route towards electronic devices in graphene
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
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Lockheed awarded contract for submarine periscope sensors
Washington (UPI) Jul 25, 2017
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a $116.7 million modification to an existing contract for engineering and support of the Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems, or ISIS, program. Contract services include design, development, testing, technology integration and field engineering work for the ISIS program, the Department of Defense announced on Monday . T ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Ensuing the US Navy prevails in a contest for maritime supremacy
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
USS Harry Truman starts sea trials after maintenance, upgrade work
Washington (UPI) Jul 20, 2017
BAE starts construction of first Type 26 frigate
Tears in rain: North Korea marks 'Victory Day'
Pyongyang (AFP) July 27, 2017
In heavy rain, North Koreans put down their umbrellas to bow before the mausoleum of founder Kim Il Sung and his son on Thursday as the country marked the end of the Korean War, which it calls Victory Day. There had been widespread speculation in US and South Korean intelligence circles that the North might choose to mark the anniversary with a fresh missile launch, following its first succe ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Minuteman III ICBM support contract awarded to BAE
Beijing (AFP) July 24, 2017
China defends repatriation of North Koreans
Washington (AFP) July 25, 2017
US detects signs of new NKorea missile test
Hong Kong maids lured by Islamic State recruiters: report
Hong Kong (AFP) July 26, 2017
Indonesian maids working in Hong Kong are being radicalised by extremists from the Islamic State group, a security think-tank said in a report Wednesday. Around 150,000 of the city's army of domestic helpers are from Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. Against a backdrop of growing religious conservatism at home, a small number of militant maids has emerged, acc ... more
Bamako (AFP) July 25, 2017
Four Mali civilians killed in suspected jihadist attack
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Abuja (AFP) July 22, 2017
Nigerian military blames homeless for botched air strike
IAI, PGZ announce cooperative aviation marketing agreement
Washington (UPI) Jul 24, 2017
Israel Aerospace Industries and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A., or PGZ, are teaming to market aviation products and platforms, the companies announced last week. The teaming, another step towards establishing a business partnership between PGZ, IAI Ltd. and IAI subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd., comes under a recent Memorandum of Understanding. "The Memorandum of Understanding which we ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 19, 2017
Airbus orders L3 Technologies MX-15 optics for Caracal helicopters
Washington (UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Bell, PGZ to cooperate on military helicopters for Poland
Washington (UPI) Jul 19, 2017
CAE wins new military contracts with Lockheed Martin, L3 and Airbus
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Smart sensors could save lives
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
In an emergency, early warning is key to escaping from a hazard, such as a forest fire or a chemical leak. Motivated to improve on safety, a team from KAUST is using 3D printing to develop a cheap, reliable system to signal danger. Existing early warning systems rely on satellite monitoring, watch towers or expensive fixed sensors. The system, developed by a team led by Associate Professor ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
New phase change mechanism could lead to new class of chemical vapor sensors
Tokyo (AFP) July 23, 2017
Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor
Kathmandu (AFP) July 21, 2017
Cheap 3D printed prosthetics could be game changer for Nepal
Designing soft robots: Ethics-based guidelines for human-robot interactions
New Rochelle NY (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Soft-bodied robots offer the possibility for social engagement, and novel tactile human-robot interactions that require careful consideration of the potential for misplaced emotional attachments and personally and socially destructive behavior by users. The ethical challenges related to human-robot interactions and how these should contribute to soft robotics design in the context of socia ... more
San Francisco (AFP) July 25, 2017
Musk, Zuckerberg duel over artificial intelligence
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
A new method of cooperative control of multiple unmanned surface vehicles
Sydney (AFP) July 21, 2017
Australia's robo-footballers go for gold at world champs


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