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August 04, 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

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
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
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
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
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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
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


UN set to adopt treaty outlawing nuclear weapons

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



Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth science, economics and environmental engineering have determined that widespread use of biochar in agriculture could reduce health care costs, especially for those who live in urban areas close to farmland ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
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
India facing renewable energy challenges
(UPI) Jul 31, 2017
An effort in India, one of the world's strongest economies, to improve the renewable energy sector could face headwinds, Moody's Investors Service said. India aims to triple its renewable power capacity by 2022 to 175 gigawatts by drawing on new solar and wind energy sources. The country is No. 4 in the world in terms of new solar power, No. 4 in the world based on cumulative wind power ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Chinese renewable energy capacity growing rapidly
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy projects under construction or advancing through the development sta ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Shale-rich Oklahoma to host mega-wind farm
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
Molecular microscopy illuminates molecular motor motion
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
A toddler running sometimes loses footing because both feet come off the ground at the same time. Kinesin motors that move materials around in cells have the same problem, which limits how fast they can traverse a microtubule in the cell and carry cargo, according to Penn State researchers who have now seen these kinesin motors move using an unusual microscope and tagging method. "We can n ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists map ways forward for lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
New chromium-based superconductor has an unusual electronic state
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
High-temperature superconductivity in B-doped Q-carbon
New catalysts remove 99 percent of BPA from water
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
Scientists have discovered a new class of catalysts that break down contaminants when combined with hydrogen peroxide. The catalysts are capable of removing 99 percent of bisphenol A from water. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a synthetic chemical commonly used in plastics manufacturing. Though many manufacturing companies have adopted BPA replacements, the chemical has contaminated waterways t ... more
Gunjur, Gambia (AFP) July 30, 2017
Pollution clouds Gambia's efforts to woo China
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Gambian environmentalists to sue 'polluting' Chinese firm
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
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Wood Group, Amec Foster Wheeler merger under scrutiny
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Energy companies Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler said they've done enough to address competition issues after the British government expressed concern. Wood Group announced plans in March to purchase AMEC Foster Wheeler for $2.6 billion in a move that will combine two of Britain's largest energy services companies. British regulator officials, however, said they had concerns because ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Enbridge: Michigan, North Dakota pipelines working as planned
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Demand factors lift crude oil prices higher
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Several earthquakes strike shale-rich Oklahoma
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
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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
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
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Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Jul 25, 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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US sailor missing during South China Sea joint naval drill
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
US and Japanese naval forces are searching for an American sailor who went missing during a joint drill in the South China Sea, officials said Wednesday. "US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense-Force ships and aircraft are searching for a sailor from USS Stethem reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the South China Sea" early Tuesday, the US 7th Fleet said in ... more
Doha (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Qatar announces 5 bn euro order for warships from Italy
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
Washington (UPI) Jul 29, 2017
Navy to commission new destroyer USS Rafael Peralta
North Korea's Kim a 'maniac': Philippines' Duterte
Manila (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a "maniac" who could destroy Asia by triggering a nuclear war, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday, ahead of a regional summit to be attended by the regime's foreign minister. Using characteristically crude language, Duterte teed off against Kim ahead of a regional security meeting in Manila where the hermit state's ballistic missile tests w ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
France wants UN to slap new sanctions on N. Korea in coming days
Washington (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
US sets September 1 date for start of N. Korea travel ban
Tehran (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Iran says US breaching nuclear deal as Rouhani starts new term
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 31, 2017
Nimitz carrier strike group joins Operation Inherent Resolve
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
Paris (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Air France extends no-fly zone around North Korea
El Calafate, Argentina (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Perlan glider reaches 32,500 feet eyes world aviation record
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
France and Germany announce new joint fighter program
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Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission
Rome (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
The Italian parliament gave the go-ahead Wednesday to a naval mission aimed at boosting the Libyan coastguard in its fight against human traffickers and further reducing the number of migrant arrivals on Italy's coasts. Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said Italy would provide technical support without infringing on the crisis-hit country's sovereignty but would not take part in a "hostile" ... more
Sydney (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Tech advances will lead to MH370 discovery - Malaysia Airlines
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India
Tokyo (AFP) July 23, 2017
Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
On his first day at work as a security guard, Steve was greeted warmly, drawing attention from passersby, including some taking selfies with him at the tony retail-residential complex he patrolled. Then he fell into the fountain. Steve was a security robot employed by the Washington Harbour center in the Georgetown district of the US capital. According to some tech watchers, robots like ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots
Nagoya, Japan (AFP) July 30, 2017
Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup
New Rochelle NY (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
Designing soft robots: Ethics-based guidelines for human-robot interactions


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