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August 15, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
RWE optimistic for 2017, boosted by nuclear tax refund



Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
German energy giant RWE said Monday it is on track to hit the upper targets of its 2017 forecast after a huge nuclear tax refund powered a strong second quarter performance. The Essen-based group said net profit rose to 1.72 billion euros ($2 billion) from April to June, compared to a net loss of 403 million euros over the same period a year earlier. Revenues fell by two percent to just over 10 billion euros, it said in a statement. "RWE is on track. According to our current planning, we sho ... read more

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) highligh ... 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
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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
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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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



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
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB has received an order of around $30 millon from the Dutch-German transmission system operator, TenneT, to supply a stabilization solution that will enhance the reliability and quality of power as the grid absorbs more renewable energy. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. Germany's "Energiewende" energy transition roadmap aims for a renewable energy target of at least 80 ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Solar glasses generate solar power
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
Berkeley CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Annual wind report confirms tech advancements, improved performance, low wind prices
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
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
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
How can scientists protect the structures that house fusion reactors? Scientists in Belgium have showed that vapor clouds of liquid metal can successfully reflect heat during extreme temperature flux. Today, fusion energy is only an ambitious idea. Researchers continue to build and test fusion reactors, but self-sustaining fusion has not yet been achieved. Still, some scientists ... more
Binghamton NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Saliva-powered battery could be helpful in extreme conditions
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Rice develops dual-surface graphene electrode to split water into hydrogen and oxygen
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
How the electrodes of lithium-air batteries become passivated
Study finds that choice of cool roofing materials can potentially impact region's air pollution
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
In a groundbreaking study released this week, scientists at the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the University of Southern California have found that widespread installation of certain "cool roof" materials in the region could slightly increase ozone and fine particulate pollution levels. The study explains how the predicted increase in ozone levels can be minimized or poss ... more
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
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
To reduce exposure to pollution on your commute, crank the air conditioning
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Oil prices edge lower on OPEC output
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Crude oil prices edged lower early Monday on signals of declining volatility and reports of a stronger position from OPEC-member Libya. Sandy Fielden, the director of research, commodities and energy at Morningstar, said in a report that crude oil prices were settling into a relatively narrow range, which would indicate the volatility that followed a decline in crude oil prices that sta ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
BP starts new gas production from Trinidad, a major exporter
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Saudi Arabia reports higher oil revenue
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Oklahoma shale production could increase
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
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
A new heat map published by the European Space Agency offers a colorful, bird's-eye-view of last week's heatwave in Southern Europe. As showcased by the swath of organs and red hues blanketing much of the Mediterranean, much of Southern Europe experienced highs near 105 degrees Fahrenheit. During the string of extreme highs, ESA's Earth-observing and weather satellites helped tra ... more
Beijing (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2,000 years
Seoul (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 09, 2017
Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects
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
Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
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
US-NKorea crisis tests Cold War's nuclear deterrence doctrine
Paris (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
The doctrine of nuclear deterrence, put to the test in the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang, dates to the Cold War when the world's two superpowers seemed hellbent on "mutually assured destruction". The arms race between United States and the then Soviet Union saw a proliferation of nuclear warheads as well as their vectors - missiles, planes and submarines. On the eve of the c ... more
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
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
Israel moves to curb strike at nuclear plant
Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor
Beirut (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
A commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters has killed 25 members of the Islamic State jihadist group in central Syria, a monitor said Sunday. Supported by regime ally Russia, Syria's army has waged a months-long offensive to recapture the vast desert region that stretches from the country's centre to the Iraqi and Jordanian borders. On Saturday, "25 IS members were ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Rann, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Nigerian town still reeling from botched bombing
Paris (AFP) Aug 9, 2017
Suspect arrested after car rams Paris anti-terror troops
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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Urban flooding on the rise, as countryside dries up
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
New analysis of flow rates and precipitation totals suggest flooding in urban areas is intensifying while rural areas dry up. In an effort to identify links between rising global temperatures and river flow patterns, scientists at the University of New South Wales surveyed flow rate and rainfall data from 5,300 river monitoring sites and 43,000 rain gauges in 160 different countries. ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Hunter fells elephant that killed 15 in India
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 10, 2017
Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone
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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