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August 02, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Areva signs MOX fuel fabrication contract with Japan



Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
New AREVA has signed a contract with Japan's NFI (Nuclear Fuel Industries) for the fabrication of 32 MOX* fuel assemblies for the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors operated by Kansai Electric. The supply of MOX fuel assemblies for Kansai is a follow-up to agreements signed with Japanese utilities from 1975 onwards for the treatment of up to 3,000 tonnes of used fuel at the la Hague site. The Takahama nuclear power plant is located on the south-west coast of Japan, 350 km from Tokyo. It is equipped w ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Construction of two nuclear power plants in US halted
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Construction work on two nuclear power plants in the United States has been halted because of cost overruns, the companies behind them said. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Nuclear contaminates earnings of France's EDF
Paris (AFP) July 28, 2017
France's state-owned energy company EDF saw its profit slip in the first half of the year as two of its nuclear reactors were taken offline due to safety concerns. ... more
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. ... 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
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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
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
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


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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



New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists have developed a light-activated material that can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted byproducts. The achievement marks a significant step forward in developing technology that could help generate fuel and other energy-rich products using a solar-powered catalyst while mitigating levels of a potent greenhouse gas. When exposed to v ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Every day, enough sunlight hits the Earth to power the planet many times over - if only we could more efficiently capture all the energy. With today's solar panels limited by their efficiency (currently, more than 80 percent of available solar energy is lost as heat), scientists have been looking into nature as inspiration to better understanding the way photosynthetic plants and bacteria ... more
(UPI) Jul 31, 2017
India facing renewable energy challenges
Gujarat, India (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Schneider Electric India commissions 720 kWp solar plant at its manufacturing facility in Vadodara
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier
Shale-rich Oklahoma to host mega-wind farm
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Once operational, the Wind Catcher wind farm in Oklahoma will be the second largest in the world and largest in the United States, the companies involved said. The renewable energy division of General Electric and Invenergy, that largest independent renewable energy company in North America, announced construction is under way for the Wind Catcher wind farm in the Oklahoma panhandle. ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
GE's renewables not enough to boost overall revenue
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
New chromium-based superconductor has an unusual electronic state
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
When certain materials are cooled below a critical temperature they become superconductors, with zero electrical resistance. An international research team observed an unusual electronic state in new superconductor chromium arsenide. This finding could prove useful in future superconductor research and material design. The study was published on June 5 in Nature Communications. These disco ... more
Jerusalem (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
First direct observation and measurement of ultra-fast moving vortices in superconductors
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists map ways forward for lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
High-temperature superconductivity in B-doped Q-carbon
Pollution clouds Gambia's efforts to woo China
Gunjur, Gambia (AFP) July 30, 2017
The Gambia is courting Beijing's attention after re-establishing diplomatic relations last year, but villagers and activists say Chinese investment is a double-edged sword as they fight a firm accused of dumping waste. Chinese firms in Africa are frequently accused of polluting the environment to produce materials ready to export back home, in incidents recorded by experts across the mines o ... more
Leicester UK (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
'Omnipresent' effects of human impact on England's landscape revealed
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Gambian environmentalists to sue 'polluting' Chinese firm
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Environmental toxins are impacting Lake Baikal
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U.S. insists all options are on the table with Venezuela
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
All options remain on the table for U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, including oil, though industry reports were mixed on the potential impact. Crude oil prices edged higher late last week and into Monday on expectations that the U.S. government would respond to weekend elections in Venezuela with sanctions on its oil sector, a cornerstone of its economy. The election was seen as a move by ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Canadian oil struggling for world position
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
U.S. gas prices for August could be the highest for the year
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Japan protests Chinese gasfield activity in East China Sea
Eclipse Balloons to Study Effect of Mars-Like Environment on Life
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 31, 2017
Steps forward in the search for life beyond Earth can be as simple as sending a balloon into the sky. In one of the most unique and extensive eclipse observation campaigns ever attempted, NASA is collaborating with student teams across the U.S. to do just that. A larger initiative, NASA's Eclipse Balloon Project, led by Angela Des Jardins of Montana State University, is sending more than 5 ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Portals to new worlds: Martian exploration near the North Pole
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 01, 2017
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Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
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Small odds of reaching 2 C climate goal: researchers
Paris (AFP) July 31, 2017
There is a five-percent chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the target set in the 2015 climate-rescue Paris Agreement, researchers said on Monday. And chances of meeting the lower, aspirational 1.5 C goal, also listed in the 196-nation pact, were a mere one percent, they wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. A US-based ex ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
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Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
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Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
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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
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Chemical route towards electronic devices in graphene
Oranjenmund, Namibie (AFP) July 26, 2017
Off Namibia, an underwater diamond harvest
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Large single-crystal graphene is possible
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UK submarine completes upgrade, training period
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
HMS Astute, a hunter-killer submarine of Britain's Royal Navy, has completed a major capability upgrade and sea training and is now back with the RN's fleet. "It has been a remarkable achievement getting Astute back to sea after a significant period alongside," the vessel's commanding officer said in press release. "The ship's company all performed incredibly over the past two ye ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
General Dynamics gets U.S. and U.K. sub fire control contract modification
Washington (UPI) Jul 29, 2017
Navy to commission new destroyer USS Rafael Peralta
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
U.S., Japan, New Zealand begin joint anti-submarine drills
N. Korea ICBM still facing technical hurdles: US expert
Washington (AFP) July 31, 2017
North Korea could field a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile able to strike America by next year, but Pyongyang must first overcome important technological hurdles, a US expert warned Monday. North Korea has alarmed the international community by the pace and progress of its missile development program, and this month leader Kim Jong-Un conducted two tests of an ICBM. The ... more
Washington (AFP) July 30, 2017
Trump vows he won't let China 'do nothing' on N. Korea
New York (AFP) July 30, 2017
For some New Yorkers, N Korea threat revives Cold War memories
Seoul (AFP) July 30, 2017
Missile test 'warning' against US sanctions push: N. Korea
Nimitz carrier strike group joins Operation Inherent Resolve
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
The Nimitz carrier strike group has begun performing combat missions against the Islamic State group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. Navy announced on Monday. The first flights launched from the Nimitz were composed of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, early warning radar planes and other support aircraft. "For the Nimitz Strike Group, today is game day," commander of C ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Hong Kong (AFP) July 26, 2017
Hong Kong maids lured by Islamic State recruiters: report
Manila (AFP) July 27, 2017
US gives surveillance planes to Philippines
Supersonic technology designed to reduce sonic booms
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
Residents along Florida's Space Coast will soon hear a familiar sound - sonic booms. But instead of announcing a spacecraft's return from space, they may herald a new era in faster air travel. NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is partnering with the agency's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, Langley Research Center in Virginia, and Space Florida for a program called Soni ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Bankrupted Russian firm's jets may become Air Force One
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Lockheed receives contract 50 F-35s for foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Switzerland approved for F/A-18 upgrade package
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Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Endangered elephants and tigers are killing one person a day in India as humans put a growing squeeze on their habitat, according to new government figures. But man is in turn killing a leopard a day as the man-animal tussle for space reaches new heights. India has lost vast swathes of forests to urbanisation in recent decades, forcing animals into human-occupied zones. According to ... more
Sydney (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Tech advances will lead to MH370 discovery - Malaysia Airlines
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
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
In recent years engineers have been developing new technologies to enable robots and humans to move faster and jump higher. Soft, elastic materials store energy in these devices, which, if released carefully, enable elegant dynamic motions. Robots leap over obstacles and prosthetics empower sprinting. A fundamental challenge remains in developing these technologies. Scientists spend long hours b ... more
New Rochelle NY (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Designing soft robots: Ethics-based guidelines for human-robot interactions
Sydney (AFP) July 21, 2017
Australia's robo-footballers go for gold at world champs
San Francisco (AFP) July 25, 2017
Musk, Zuckerberg duel over artificial intelligence


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