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August 22, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
129I waste used to track ocean currents for 15,000 km after discharge from nuclear plants



Paris, France (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Radioactive 129I has travelled the equivalent of a third of the way round the globe, since being released from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in the UK and France. The iodine's 15,000 km journey begins in the nuclear plants at Sellafield and La Hague and continues via the Arctic Ocean and then southward via the Grand Banks towards Bermuda, where it is found at very low concentrations about 20 years later. This tracer has been used to provide the most complete up-to-date, high-accuracy mapping of ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
At first glance, the long hallway seems abandoned. But behind glass walls, in soundproof offices, engineers and physicists are putting the final touches to the Arab world's first nuclear programme. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by the mid-21st ce ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Police used water cannon and fired tear gas and stun grenades Tuesday as they battled with demonstrators protesting at plans to store nuclear waste at an underground site in northeastern France. ... more
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. ... more
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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
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


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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



Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Deep-UV probing method detects electron transfer in photovoltaic devices
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Sensitized solar cells consisting of a molecular or solid-state sensitizer that serves to collect light and inject an electron into a substrate that favors their migration are among the most studied photovoltaic systems at present. Despite its importance in determining the potential of a photovoltaic device, current methods for monitoring the interfacial electron transfer remain ambiguous. ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Aug 22, 2017
Midsummer receives two new orders for its DUO thin film solar cell manufacturing system
Onna, Japan (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
The power of perovskite
Dandong, China (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
China's solar panels shine spotlight on North Korea trade
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Cain Lopez looks tiny standing near the seven enormous wind turbines that tower over his farm in the Mexican village of La Ventosa. In this gusty rural region near the Pacific coast, the wind is so strong it sometimes flips over cars and even trailer trucks. Lopez always considered it a curse, until an international energy company came along and said it wanted to build these 40-meter (13 ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
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
A quick and easy way to shut down instabilities in fusion devices
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Scientists have discovered a remarkably simple way to suppress a common instability that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of reactors built to create a "star in a jar." The findings, published in June in the journal Physical Review Letters, stem from experiments performed on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U), at the Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Phy ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
IV and cellular fluids power flexible batteries
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
A battery-inspired strategy for carbon fixation
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments
Probiotics help poplar trees clean up toxins in Superfund sites
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Trees have the ability to capture and remove pollutants from the soil and degrade them through natural processes in the plant. It's a feat of nature companies have used to help clean up polluted sites, though only in small-scale projects. Now, a probiotic bacteria for trees can boost the speed and effectiveness of this natural cycle, providing a microbial partner to help protect trees from the t ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Paris (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect
Ottawa (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Canada looking to add environmental protections to NAFTA
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PZ Projects launches novel platform for registering natural gas trades
Tel Aviv, Israel (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Israel's P.Z. Projects is launching a novel software platform that enables the registering of transactions between companies that are active in the global natural gas sector. Developed over a two-year period, the platform has been successfully tested by several leading local players who are active in the gas market. The platform allows players in the gas sector, including both consumers an ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Oil retreats after Friday's market rally
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
OPEC congratulates Iran's oil minister on reappointment
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Ukraine works to chart new energy strategy
Mars weather: 'Cloudy, chance of nighttime snowstorm'
Paris (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Mars is buffeted by turbulent snowstorms that occur only at night, according to a study released Monday that revises our understanding of Red Planet weather. Up to now, it was thought that snow falling from low-lying Martian clouds settled slowly and sparsely to the ground in a environment bereft of violent winds. The new findings, reported in the journal Nature Geoscience, suggest that ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Mars 2020 mission to use smart methods to seek signs of past life
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
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
New data provides the first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat which enables the planet to recover from extremes of climate change - but the recovery timescales are significant. This work was presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Paris, and has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal Geochemical Perspectives Letters*. The idea of a natural temperature thermostat wa ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials - graphene. As graphene ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
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
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Builder's trials completed on Freedom-class LCS Little Rock
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
Builder's trials have been completed on the future Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Little Rock in Lake Michigan by an industry team, Lockheed Martin announced on Monday. The LCS 9 Little Rock went through a series of tests and evaluations of its primary systems and propulsion, including reaching flank speeds of over 40 knots. "These are complex vessels, and I'm proud of ou ... more
Washington (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
US launches probe after second deadly Navy collision
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
TALONS tested on commissioned US Navy vessel for first time
Washington (UPI) Aug 11, 2017
BAE bids for Australian ship building deal
US-South joint drills begin amid North Korea tensions
Seoul (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Seoul and Washington began annual war games on Monday, with South Korean President Moon Jae-In warning the nuclear-armed North not to use them as an excuse to perpetuate the "vicious cycle" of tensions. Tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops are taking part in the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks in the Sou ... more
Seoul (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Joint exercises could send Korea tensions soaring again
Tehran (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Iran's top priority to protect nuclear deal from US: Rouhani
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives contract for Trident II nuclear missile
World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack
Barcelona (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
As Spanish police on Friday hunted for the driver who rammed a van into pedestrians on an avenue crowded with tourists in Barcelona, world leaders have condemned the attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. - Spain - The Spanish royal family issued an unusually strongly-worded statement: "They are assassins, criminals who won't terrorise us. All of Spain is Barcelona." ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Iraq seeks UN resolution to investigate IS
Beirut (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor
India clears $650 mn Boeing army chopper deal: defence sources
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
India approved a $650 million purchase of six attack choppers Thursday from US aviation giant Boeing, officials said, as it boosts its military might amid border tensions with China and Pakistan. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which approves big-ticket purchases, gave the green light to acquire six additional Apache helicopters after 22 were bought as part of a $2.5 billion deal in 2 ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
L3 receives contract for Kuwaiti KC-130J work
Washington (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
US Army chopper disappears on Hawaii training mission
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Troubled Cathay loses HK$2.05 billion in first half 2017
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Death toll in DR Congo landslide climbs to 140
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
The death toll from a landslide that swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reached 140, the government said Monday. "We estimate that there at least a hundred bodies buried underneath the rumble of large rocks that fell on the 48 destroyed homes," the deputy governor of Ituri Province, Pacifique Keta, told AFP. The landslide occurred ... more
Yangon (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Myanmar man faces jail for speaking about child soldier past
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Brazilian army, police raid violent Rio favelas
Jaipur, India (AFP) Aug 20, 2017
Low-cost prostheses offer Indian amputees a second chance
AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
It's 2050 and the world revolves around you. From the contents of your fridge to room temperature - digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Your screens know your taste and show channels you want to see as you enter the room. Your car is driverless and your favourite barman may just be an android. Predictions for an AI-dominated future are increasingly common, but Antoine Blo ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
DARPA assured autonomy seeks to guarantee safety of learning-enabled autonomous systems
Sydney (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Northrop Grumman to demonstrate autonomous networked unmanned vehicles


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