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August 14, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
The Roadmap for Increased Safety and Viability of Nuclear Power Plants



New York, NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
SCHOTT, an expert provider of glass-to-metal electrical penetration assemblies to the nuclear power industry, has welcomed a report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highlighting the potentially severe issues that can occur as a result of complete failure of electrical and instrumentation and control (I and C) equipment under severe accident conditions. The report, the latest in the IAEA TECDOC Series, is entitled Assessment of Equipment Capability to Perform Reliably under ... read more

NUKEWARS
Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Japan on Sunday marked 72 years since the world's first nuclear attack on Hiroshima, with the nation's traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus. ... more
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 sup ... 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
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
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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
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


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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



Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a Caltech team has identified a new additive that helps selectively convert CO2 into fuels containing multiple carbon atoms - a step toward ultimately making renewable liquid fuels that are not derived from coal or oil. "The results were qu ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
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
Solar glasses generate solar power
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Organic solar cells are flexible, transparent, and light-weight - and can be manufactured in arbitrary shapes or colors. Thus, they are suitable for a variety of applications that cannot be realized with conventional silicon solar cells. In the Energy Technology journal, researchers from KIT now present sunglasses with colored, semitransparent solar cells applied onto lenses that supply a ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
New method enhances broadband light absorption in solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Lightweight catalyst for artificial photosynthesis
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said it swapped out some of its assets in order to share control over wind farms located off the British coast. Statoil signed a swap agreement with British energy company SSE and German energy company Innogy for interests in the Dogger Bank wind park. Innogy under the arrangement takes a 100 percent stake in the developments Teesside wind farms at Dogge ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, low wind prices
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
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
Rice develops dual-surface graphene electrode to split water into hydrogen and oxygen
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Rice University chemists have produced a catalyst based on laser-induced graphene that splits water into hydrogen on one side and oxygen on the other side. They said the inexpensive material may be a practical component in generating the hydrogen for use in future fuel cells. The easily fabricated material developed by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour offers a robust and efficient way to ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
How the electrodes of lithium-air batteries become passivated
Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Saliva-powered battery could be helpful in extreme conditions
Benefits of advanced wood-burning stoves greater than thought
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the developing world can reduce air pollution more than anticipated, because gaseous emissions from traditional wood stoves form more particulate matter in the atmosphere than researchers previously thought. "Previous studies have looked solely at direct emissions from cookstoves ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Study finds that choice of cool roofing materials can potentially impact region's air pollution
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Researchers discover potentially harmful nanoparticles produced through burning coal
Gabes, Tunisia (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Tunisian beachside town fights industrial pollution
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Mexican energy sector escapes Franklin more or less unscathed
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Mexican refiners along the country's western coast were relatively spared as the remnants of Tropical Storm Franklin move out to sea, an industry report found. Franklin bounced along the western Mexican coast this week, hitting the country twice as a Category 1 hurricane. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Franklin is still producing strong thunderstorms offshore and could ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Amec Foster Wheeler ready for new life with Wood Group
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Rig movements increase offshore Norway
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Saudis ready to export more oil to Iraq
Curiosity watches Martian clouds pass over Gale Crater
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five years ago this month about five degrees south of Mars' equator. Clouds moving in the Martian sky have been observed previously by Curiosity and oth ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017
Opportunity takes in the panoramic view while crossing some rocky terrain
Xining, China (XNA) Aug 09, 2017
China to build first Mars simulation base
Paris (ESA) Aug 14, 2017
Preserving the stress of volcanic uprise on Mars
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
The world's biggest polluter China has a "big job" ahead of it in the global fight against climate change, the UN's environment chief said Wednesday. Since US President Donald Trump's decision in June to quit the Paris agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Beijing has proclaimed its willingness to stick to the pact. Analysts say the US move gives China an opportunity to establi ... more
Beijing (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Tiny dents in the surface of graphene greatly enhances its potential as a supercapacitor. Even better, it can be made from carbon dioxide. A material scientist at Michigan Technological University invented a novel approach to take carbon dioxide and turn it into 3-D graphene with micropores across its surface. The process is the focus of a new study published in the American Chemical Socie ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
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
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U.S. Navy issues contract proposal to lift USS Fitzgerald back to US
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
The U.S. Navy has issued a contract proposal for transporting the USS Fitzgerald back to the United States after it collided with a Filipino flagged cargo ship off the coast of Japan. The June 17 incident, which resulted in the death of seven sailors, is still under investigation by the Navy. While transiting to a base at Yokosuka, Japan, the vessel was struck by the ACX Crystal ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group completes Saxon Warrior exercise
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Austal lays keel for first Pacific Patrol Boat
Trump boasts of US nuclear arsenal in new NKorea warning
Washington (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
President Donald Trump on Wednesday ratcheted up his war of words with North Korea, declaring that America's nuclear arsenal was "more powerful than ever" - even as his team insisted there was no imminent threat of danger. Hours after putting Pyongyang on notice that it faced "fire and fury" over its weapons and ballistic missile programs, Trump took to Twitter to issue another stark warnin ... more
Paris (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
US-NKorea crisis tests Cold War's nuclear deterrence doctrine
Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Mattis warns of risk of war, pushes diplomacy; CIA chief says 'nothing imminent'
Beijing (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
China bans North Korean iron, seafood imports
Nigerian town still reeling from botched bombing
Rann, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
He fled to Rann to escape Boko Haram, but Babagana Jugudum lost everything on January 17 when the Nigerian military accidentally killed more than 100 people in a botched air strike on the town. His wife and two children were among the dead. Only now can his story be told after AFP became one of the first global media organisations allowed access to the area. On that fateful Tuesday at ar ... more
Paris (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Suspect arrested after car rams Paris anti-terror troops
Washington (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Pentagon may boost support to Philippine counter-IS ops: official
Beirut (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor
NASA's Scientific Balloon Program Reaches New Heights
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
For decades, NASA has released enormous scientific balloons into Earth's atmosphere, miles above the altitude of commercial flights. The Balloon Program is currently preparing new missions bearing sensitive instruments, including one designed to investigate the birth of our universe and another with ballooning origins that will fly on the International Space Station. NASA's Primordial Infl ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Lockheed receives $9.4M contract for F-35 modifications
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Japan approves US Marine flights of Ospreys after crash
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
Air Force finishes ground testing of new highly efficient engine
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Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
India's top hunter on Friday led a shoot-to-kill pursuit of an elephant whose murderous rampage through villages has left 15 people dead. The government has turned to sharpshooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan ahead of World Elephant Day on Saturday to hunt the animal who crushed four victims in the eastern state of Bihar in March before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand and killing 11 more. ... more
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Canada military sets up tents at US border for Haitian refugees
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
SSL and NASA complete preliminary design review for on-orbit robotic servicing spacecraft
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, reports it successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for NASA's Restore-L mission to provide satellite servicing in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). With the completion of the PDR, Restore-L is proceeding on schedule to the next phase of development and its launch in 2020. As announced las ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots


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