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September 14, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Finland's TVO challenges approval of Areva bailout



Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Finnish utility TVO said Wednesday it would appeal the EU's approval of a bailout of Areva, saying it did not provide adequate guarantees the French nuclear giant would be able to complete construction of a reactor in Finland. Areva, together with German engineering group Siemens, has been building in Finland since 2005 what was meant to be a showcase of next-generation nuclear power, but which has instead showcased the industry's chronic delays and cost overruns. The European Pressurised Reacto ... read more

WIND DAILY
UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
The price of electricity from offshore wind in Britain has dipped below the level guaranteed to Hinkley Point, raising questions about the construction of the vast nuclear power station. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
PM opens country's fifth nuclear power plant
Islamabad (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday inaugurated the country's fifth nuclear power plant, developed in collaboration with China amid hopes that his government could end chronic power shortages this year. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Jacobs JV wins support contract for nuclear research center
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
A Jacobs Engineering Group joint venture is providing support and test services to the U.S Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration. ... more
TECH SPACE
Van Allen probes survive extreme radiation five years on
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Most satellites, not designed to withstand high levels of particle radiation, wouldn't last a day in the Van Allen Radiation belts. Trapped by Earth's magnetic field into two giant belts around the ... more
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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. ... more
NUKEWARS
Taiwanese-American jailed for aiding Chinese nuclear program
Washington (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
A US court on Thursday sentenced an American citizen to two years in prison for conspiring in the unlawful development of nuclear power technology in China, the Justice Department announced. ... 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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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



How to draw electricity from the bloodstream
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Men build dams and huge turbines to turn the energy of waterfalls and tides into electricity. To produce hydropower on a much smaller scale, Chinese scientists have now developed a lightweight power generator based on carbon nanotube fibers suitable to convert even the energy of flowing blood in blood vessels into electricity. They describe their innovation in the journal Angewandte Chemie. ... more
Cardiff UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Scientists make methanol using air around us
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Defects in next-generation solar cells can be healed with light
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity. The international team of researchers demonstrated in 2016 that defects in the crystalline structure of perovskites could be healed by exposing them to light, but the effects w ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Light-based method makes remote wind measurements easier and more accurate
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers have developed a new remote sensing instrument based on light detection and ranging (LIDAR) that could offer a simple and robust way to accurately measure wind speed. The detailed, real-time wind measurements could help scientists to better understand how hurricanes form and provide information that meteorologists can use to pinpoint landfall earlier, giving people more time to prepa ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Light-Based Method Improves Practicality and Quality of Remote Wind Measurements
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Texas makes wind energy strides
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
The power it takes to bring a Boeing 747 from a resting state on the airport tarmac to speeding across the sky is enormous. The jet can continue in its active state for as long as its fuel lasts. A Frisbee, in contrast, takes far less energy to go airborne, but with no energy supply, it falls almost immediately. The same principle can be extended to the traditional power system and decentr ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
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
Army, UMD researchers develop water-based lithium-ion batteries that don't explode
Adelphi MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Maryland have developed for the first time a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and reaches the 4.0 volt mark desired for household electronics, such as laptop computers, without the fire and explosive risks associated with some commercially available non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries. ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers devise a new way of producing hydrogen fuel
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Why US battery startups fail and how to fix it
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers develop new material for hydrogen storage
UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
A UN report has slammed the UK for failing to tackle the "plague" of air pollution, while also warning of Brexit risks, ahead of the body's Human Rights Council opening Monday. "Air pollution continues to plague the United Kingdom," read the report by United Nations expert Baskut Tuncak, to be presented at the rights council in Geneva which runs until September 29. More than 40,000 prema ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
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Oil prices rise on expectations of market balance
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Crude oil prices were higher early Wednesday after the IEA said the level of oil and petroleum products on the market could dip below the five-year average. Traders have been watching the level of commercial crude oil and petroleum product inventories for much of the year in part to gauge the impact of an effort led by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to balance an over ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Russia says it's doing more than it needs to for oil market balance
Athens (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Blame game in Greece as oil spill spreads in Athens' Saronic gulf
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Gulf nations still at risk from spat with Qatar, Moody's says
45 Kilometers on the Odometry for Opportunity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Opportunity is continuing the winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Winter is constraining the available energy, so the project has the rover doing "hops" (drives) from one energy-favorable "lily pad" to the next. (These lily pads are locations where the terrain is tilted sufficiently to the north to maximize the Sun illumination on the rover's so ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 14, 2017
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Climbing Toward Ridge Top
Warmer world may bring more local, less global, temperature variability
Durham NC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Many tropical or subtropical regions could see sharp increases in natural temperature variability as Earth's climate warms over coming decades, a new Duke University-led study suggests. These local changes could occur even though Earth's global mean surface air temperature (GMST) is likely to become less variable, the study shows. "This new finding runs counter to the popular notion ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2017
Italy's drought seen from space
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
Jail terms for French carbon trading scammers
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
A top fraudster behind a tax scam in France using carbon emission rights was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday as authorities press ahead with prosecutions over the 1.6-billion-euro ($1.9-billion) scandal. Twelve people were sentenced in Paris for taking part in an international network of VAT trickery and money-laundering, with fugitive businessman Cyril Astruc receiving the harsh ... 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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NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
Recently, a novel coating developed by researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the exterior topsides of Navy surface ships went beyond small area testing to covering the entire freeboard of an amphibious assault ship. Until April of 2017, NRL's single-component (1K) polysiloxane coating had only been tested on 400-800 sq.ft. areas of ships due to limited production quantities ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Navy leaders testify before Congress on McCain, Fitzgerald collisions
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Navy to issue order for heavy lift of the USS John S. McCain
EU seeks to ramp up N.Korea sanctions pressure
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
The European Union will enforce new UN sanctions over North Korea's nuclear programme while pressing ahead with work on fresh measures of its own, the bloc's diplomatic chief said Tuesday. The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously backed new sanctions against Kim Jong-Un's regime, including restrictions on shipments of oil products, drawing an angry response from Pyongyang. The move ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
North Korea says will make US suffer over 'vicious' UN sanctions
Buenos Aires (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Cancel Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu says in Argentina
Seoul (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
N. Korea vows to boost weapons programmes after sanctions
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
Moscow (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Russia claims killing of IS 'minister of war' in Syria
Damascus (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
Brussels (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
EU warns of 'real risk' of new funds for terror attacks
European Aviation satellite is ready for commercial service
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Inmarsat has confirmed that the European Aviation satellite has successfully completed in-orbit tests and is ready to support inflight internet services when the European Aviation Network (EAN) goes 'live' later this year. The satellite, built by France's Thales Alenia Space, was launched by Arianespace in June this year. EAN is the world's first dedicated aviation connectivity solution to ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
MD Helicopter contracted for 150 Cayuse Warriors for Afghan air force
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
Bahrain seeks new F-16Vs, upgrade of existing fighters
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
DynCorp receives $103.2 million contract for training aircraft maintenance
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Britain ups aid for storm-hit Caribbean, but Brexit fears loom
London (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Britain on Wednesday announced an extra Pounds 25 million ($33.2 million, 27.2 million euros) in aid for its Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, but lawmakers warned reconstruction efforts could be hampered by Brexit. The self-governing territories of Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands were hard hit by the mega-storm that swept through the region last week, and London is deplo ... more
Cox'S Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown
Geneva (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Thousands need shelter, healthcare in Caribbean after Irma: UN
Washington (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
US environmental regulators probe Arkema after explosions
Orbital ATK Begins Assembly of Industry's First Commercial In-Space Satellite Servicing System
Dulles VA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Orbital ATK reports significant progress on the industry's first commercial in-space satellite servicing system. The (MEV-1) spacecraft successfully completed its critical design review earlier this year and is now in production with about 75% of the platform and payload components already delivered to the company's Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Virginia. The spacecraft will begin ... more
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
NASA awards SSL new funding for Dragonfly on-orbit assembly program
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
New Japanese sniffs out smelly feet
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Chinese robotics artist makes real-life 'Transformers'


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