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September 04, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
China and Brazil sign agreements on nuclear power



Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
China and Brazil signed 14 cooperative agreements on Friday, including on football and nuclear and hydro power, as embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer seeks to revive Latin America's largest economy. They were inked following Temer's meeting with President Xi Jinping in Beijing ahead of next week's BRICS summit. Temer, who has vigorously sought Chinese investment since taking office last August, said his 19-member delegation "shows the priority that we give" to relations with Beijing whic ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Kazakhstan inaugurates IAEA-backed nuclear fuel bank
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Kazakhstan inaugurated Tuesday a new internationally-controlled uranium fuel bank seen as potentially important in curbing nuclear proliferation and reducing regional security tensions. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
2018 start for Russia-backed nuclear plant work:
Budapest (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Work on the Russian-financed expansion of a Hungarian nuclear plant will begin in January, Hungary's foreign minister said Monday after talks in Budapest between Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin. ... more
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. ... 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
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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
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
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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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



Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Introducing a simple step to the production of plant-derived, biodegradable plastic could improve its properties while overcoming obstacles to manufacturing it commercially, says new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Jiangnan University. That step? Bringing the heat. Nebraska's Yiqi Yang and colleagues found that raising the temperature of bio-plastic fibers to sev ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
How a bacterium can live on methanol
New York NY (SPX) Aug 23, 2017
Cyborg bacteria outperform plants when turning sunlight into useful compounds
Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. "Traffic lights of the new system have two independent sources of energy: a wind generator and a solar battery," Vadim Yuryev, the head of the Russian Center for Traffic Organization, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying. ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Perovskite solar cells go single crystal
Atlanta GA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Solar hydrogen production by artificial leaves
Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids Tuesday from 25 shortlisted companies to build a 400 megawatt wind power project, as the world's top oil exporter pushes for renewable sources to diversify its energy mix. The plant in northern Al-Jouf province is the first utility-scale wind project as part of the government's reform plan to wean the kingdom off oil, which has set a target of 9.5 gigawatts of renew ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
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
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
A new way to finance the shift to low-carbon and sustainable development is necessary to support the rapid change in Asian economies, a regional lender said. The Asian Development Bank called for a so-called Green Finance Catalyzing Facility, which would be different from a fund in that it would include a blend of financing from the private sector. The bank, which has its headquarters i ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Power demand to peak in Europe summers, not winters: study
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Silicon solves problems for next-generation battery technology
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Silicon - the second most abundant element in the earth's crust - shows great promise in Li-ion batteries, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. By replacing graphite anodes with silicon, it is possible to quadruple anode capacity. In a climate-neutral society, renewable and emission-free sources of energy, such as wind and solar power, will become increasingly ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Recipe for safer batteries - Just add diamonds
Dresden, Germany (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Physicists find strange state of matter in superconducting crystal
Dallas TX (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
No batteries required: Energy-harvesting yarns generate electricity
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil's government said Thursday it has frozen attempts to license commercial mining in a huge natural reserve in the Amazon after a court decision put the controversial project on hold. Mining and Energy Minister Fernando Coelho Filho "ordered a stop to all procedures having to do with eventual mineral rights" in the reserve in the eastern Amazon known as Renca, a statement from the minist ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 26, 2017
Gaza boy swimmer death puts spotlight on pollution crisis
Nairobi (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Kenya bans plastic bags in bid to fight pollution
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Paris region oil wells pumping on borrowed time
Andrezel, France (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Standing alongside a field of beets in the Brie region outside Paris, the horse head of the oil derrick bobs day and night, drawing crude that helps satisfy the French capital's thirst for petrol. But perhaps for not much longer as the government plans a new law that would prohibit exploiting fossil fuels in France, which would quickly turn the nation's small but still profitable oil sector ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
No change in status for Libyan oil production, OMV says
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Iraq cutting more oil production than necessary
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
Oil prices bounce back after Harvey downgraded to tropical depression
New mini tool has massive implications
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Brigham Young University researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars' atmosphere - and that's just one of its myriad possible uses. For decades mass spectrometers have offered a relatively fast and highly sensitive way to analyze and detect chemical compounds. But their bulky size has been a hindrance, limiting their in-field potential. ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 01, 2017
Opportunity seeks energy-favorable locations to recharge during winter
Washington (UPI) Aug 30, 2017
Citizen scientists spot Martian 'spiders' in unexpected places
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 17, 2017
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Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
An international research team co-led by a Monash biologist has shown that methane-oxidising bacteria - key organisms responsible for greenhouse gas mitigation - are more flexible and resilient than previously thought. Soil bacteria that oxidise methane (methanotrophs) are globally important in capturing methane before it enters the atmosphere, and we now know that they can consume hydroge ... more
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Research identifies new microbe with potential to help rebalance Earth's nitrogen cycle
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
UConn chemist synthesizes pure graphene
Storrs CT (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Formed deep within the earth, stronger than steel, and thinner than a human hair. These comparisons aren't describing a new super hero. They're describing graphene, a substance that some experts have called "the most amazing and versatile" known to mankind. UConn chemistry professor Doug Adamson, a member of the Polymer Program in UConn's Institute of Materials Science, has patented a one- ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
Ames IA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Ames Laboratory scientists move graphene closer to transistor applications
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers set new bar for water-splitting, CO2-splitting techniques
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Royal Canadian Navy awards Thales support contract for up to 35 years
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Thales In-Service Support will provide refit, repair, and maintenance services for Canadian Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships. The nearly $633 million contract, called AJISS, also covers Joint Support Ships and is initially for eight years of work. If Canada exercises contract options extending Thales' support for as long as 35 years, the overall value would be about $4.11 billion. ... more
Singapore (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Remains of all missing sailors recovered from US warship
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Kongsberg gains Norwegian, South Korean contracts
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Damen lays keel for Mexican naval ship
North Korea and its missiles: what next?
Seoul (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Tensions between North Korea and the United States are spiking again in the aftermath of Pyongyang's latest weapons test, when it lobbed an intermediate range missile over northern Japan. The long-running face off between the little-understood regime in Pyongyang and the United States has intensified since the start of Donald Trump's unorthodox presidency, and shows no signs of calming down. ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Big Bang Theory for North Korea's Nukes
Washington (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Trump, Moon agree to boost S.Korean missile capabilities
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
N. Korea could be preparing new missile launch: Seoul
Islamic State chief Baghdadi likely still alive: US general
Washington (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Elusive Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is probably still alive and likely hiding in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, a senior US general said Thursday. "We're looking for him every day. I don't think he's dead," Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the counter-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria, told reporters in a conference call. Townsend admitted he didn't "have ... more
Moscow (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Chechen leader evacuates 8 children and mothers from Iraq
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Santiago (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Chile ex-general jailed at 91 for dictatorship crimes
Elbit upgrading F-5 fighters of unidentified country
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Elbit Systems of Israel is to upgrade F-5 fighter jets from an unidentified country in the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced on Tuesday. The contract is worth about $93 million, the company said, and the work will be performed over a three-year period. "We are proud to have been selected to perform this upgrade program, building on our vast know-how and experience in F-5 ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
General Dynamics receives $310.6M contract for M1A2 SEP 3 upgrades
Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2017
U.S. Army tests JETS forward observer targeting system
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Australia seeks upgrade program for MH-60R helos
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Two landslides kill 30 in China
Beijing (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Two landslides in rural areas of China have killed 30 people with at least another 12 missing, according to state media reports Wednesday. The death toll from a large landslide that struck a town in southwestern Guizhou province on Monday rose to 23 while a second landslide on Wednesday killed seven people in the northwest of the country. More than 600,000 cubic metres of rock and mud ha ... more
Port Arthur, United States (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Some Texans head home to clean up, others still in peril
Port Arthur, United States (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Angels in mega trucks: drivers join rescue in storm-hit Texas
Houston (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Houston faithful offer hope, help for Harvey amid aid appeal
Roboteam receives orders for tactical robots
(UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Maryland-headquartered Robot provider Roboteam Inc. reports it has received new orders for its Micro Tactical Ground Robot to support U.S. and international military missions. The third-generation robot is an all-terrain system used for explosive ordnance disposal, and in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear material missions and HAZMAT operations. Roboteam said the two ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Illinois researchers develop origami-inspired robot
Freiburg, Germany (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
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