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August 28, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster



Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said Thursday it faces another US lawsuit over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, with the latest one demanding at least $5 billion in compensation. A total of 157 US residents who were supporting Fukushima victims at the time filed the class action suit in a California district court earlier this month against the utility known as Tepco and a US company. A massive tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake smashed into Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi power pla ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Fukushima's operator on Tuesday started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation. ... more
TECH SPACE
NASA protects its super heroes from space weather
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
It's not a bird or a plane but it might be a solar storm. We like to think of astronauts as our super heroes, but the reality is astronauts are not built like Superman who gains strength from the su ... more
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 b ... 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
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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
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


Construction of two nuclear power plants in US halted

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



How a bacterium can live on methanol
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Many chemists are currently researching how small carbon molecules, such as methane and methanol, can be used to generate larger molecules. The earth is naturally rich in methane, and artificial processes like the fermentation of biomass in biogas plants also produce it in abundance. Methanol can be generated from methane. Both are simple molecules containing only a single carbon atom. How ... more
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
By 2050, 139 countries could be powered by wind, solar, water
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
Stanford scientists outline the infrastructure changes needed to make 139 countries powered 100 percent by wind, water and solar energy by 2050. A transition of this kind could mean less worldwide energy consumption due to the efficiency of clean, renewable electricity - leading to a net increase of more than 24 million long-term jobs, an annual decrease in 4 to 7 million deaths relate ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Audi Cooperates with Alta Devices on Automobiles with Solar Roofs
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Renewables could bring balance to India's economic growthw.
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
More solar power thanks to titanium
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
German energy company E.ON said Thursday it laid the first of the 60 foundations for a wind farm development in national waters of the Baltic Sea. The German company said it's deploying the 60 so-called monopiles about 25 miles offshore. Foundations for a common substation were installed last month and the entire project could start generating energy for German consumers by 2019. ... more
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
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
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
Researchers clarify mystery about proposed battery material
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Battery researchers agree that one of the most promising possibilities for future battery technology is the lithium-air (or lithium-oxygen) battery, which could provide three times as much power for a given weight as today's leading technology, lithium-ion batteries. But tests of various approaches to creating such batteries have produced conflicting and confusing results, as well as controversi ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Scientists make breakthrough in magnesium batteries
Dallas TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
No batteries required: Energy-harvesting yarns generate electricity
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
PPPL physicist discovers that some plasma instabilities can extinguish themselves
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
The death of a little boy after swimming in polluted seawater has put the spotlight on Gaza's pollution crisis and the human impact of desperate electricity shortages in the Palestinian enclave. Mohammed al-Sayis, five, died late last month a few days after swimming in the sewage-polluted waters, with his brothers also hospitalised, his family and health ministry said. Dozens of others h ... more
Miami (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Arsenic in Pakistan groundwater 'alarmingly high': study
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Mumbai (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Indian factory shut for dumping dye after dogs turn blue
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Kuwait says oil shipments to China stable
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Though overall Chinese imports of crude oil jumped more than 10 percent, OPEC-member Kuwait said its exports to the second-largest economy remained stable Kuwait is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and helps steer a committee monitoring a multilateral effort to trim the global surplus of crude oil through managed production declines. Kuwait produced 2.7 mill ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
British foreign minister visits oil-rich Libya
Tehran (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Iran secures 8-bln euro loan from Korea Eximbank
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Norway wants tech-savvy companies offshore
Opportunity staying put for a bit to image valley
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 28, 2017
Opportunity is located in "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has been staying in place collecting extensive Panoramic Camera (Pancam) stereo panoramas. Now that we are in the valley, the objective is to extensively document the local morphology (how things look) at each location so that a 3D digital elevation model of the entire valley can be constru ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 23, 2017
The Moving Martian Bow Shock
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 DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Boron nitride foam soaks up carbon dioxide
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Rice University materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN) that absorbs carbon dioxide. They discovered freeze-drying h-BN turned it into a macro-scale foam that disintegrates in liquids. But adding a bit of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) into the mix transformed it into a far more robust and useful material. The foam is high ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene
Houghton MI (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
From greenhouse gas to 3-D surface-microporous graphene
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US Navy dismisses commander after deadly warship collision
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
The US Navy confirmed Wednesday it had sacked the commander of its Seventh Fleet after a deadly collision between a destroyer and a tanker off Singapore, the latest of several accidents involving an American warship in Asian waters. Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin was relieved "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command", a navy statement said. The navy is undertaking a fleet-wide ... more
Colombo (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Sri Lanka names first Tamil navy chief since 1970
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Future USS Portland completes trials ahead of spring 2018 commissioning
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
Patriot Shipping receives contract to lift USS Fitzgerald back to the U.S.
Boeing, Northrop Grumman receive development contracts for new ICBM
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
Boeing and Northrop Grumman have received $349.2 million and $328.6 million contracts respectively for the development of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent replacement for the LGM-30G Minuteman III ballistic missile. The contracts are to run until Aug. 20, 2020, when one of the two companies will be selected to finish the program. Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin have all ... more
Seoul (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
N.Korea's Kim 'starting to respect US': Trump
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Lockheed, Raytheon receive contracts for nuclear cruise missile
Sacramento CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne providing propulsion support for Ground Based Strategic Deterrent
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
Santiago (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Chile ex-general jailed at 91 for dictatorship crimes
Barcelona (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Iraq seeks UN resolution to investigate IS
Israel finalises deal for 17 more F-35 stealth fighters
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Israel has finalised a deal to purchase 17 more F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the ultra-high-tech jets already ordered, the defence ministry said Sunday. Israel has already taken delivery of five of the jets, made by US-based Lockheed Martin and the most expensive in history, beginning in December. The aim of the purchase is to allow Israel to maintain its military superiori ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
Boeing receives $222.5M contract for Chinook helicopters for Saudi Arabia
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
L-3 receives $173M contract for T-45 trainer testing
Washington (UPI) Aug 23, 2017
Military contractor rescued after ejecting during a Navy training exercise
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Italy's deadly flirtation with illegal building
Rome (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
As Italy reels from another earthquake, experts warned Wednesday that widespread illegal construction is putting millions across the country at risk of being killed. The tremor that shook the island of Ischia on Monday, toppling houses and killing two women, has sparked much soul-searching in a country with a weakness for rule-breaking - particularly when it comes to building or renovating ... more
Ouagadougou (AFP) Aug 27, 2017
Eight killed in landslide at Burkina gold mine
Bondo, Switzerland (AFP) Aug 25, 2017
Searches resume for 8 missing in Swiss Alps landslide
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000
Smart computers
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Filtering information for search engines, acting as an opponent during a board game or recognizing images: Artificial intelligence has far outpaced human intelligence in certain tasks. Several groups from the Freiburg excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools led by neuroscientist private lecturer Dr. Tonio Ball are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research. ... more
St. Louis MO (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes
Sydney (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
Tech leaders warn against 'Pandora's box' of robotic weapons


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