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September 18, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU parliament opposes bid to reduce testing of Fukushima food imports



Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
The European Parliament on Wednesday warned against easing health controls imposed on food products imported from the Fukushima region in Japan in the wake of the nuclear disaster of 2011. The checks were imposed on food from the area around the Fukushima nuclear plant in northeast Japan, which went into meltdown after being hit by a massive tsunami, spewing radiation over a wide area in the world's most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. The European Commission, the EU's executiv ... read more

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. ... 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
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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
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


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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



A sweeter way to make green products
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
The shampoo you washed your hair with this morning. The balloons for the party. Refrigerators and sunglasses, medicine and mosquito repellent, guitar strings and fishing lures. These - and thousands of other products we use every day - contain chemicals made from petroleum. But researchers at the University of Delaware can now offer manufacturers a much sweeter alternative to this fossil fuel. ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
How to draw electricity from the bloodstream
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?
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
Dubai (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
Dubai awards contract for final phase of solar park
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
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark, a paper-based personal care production company, said today that it will now get about a third of its power needs met by wind power in Texas and Oklahoma. The company, which has its headquarters in Texas, announced it has agreed to purchase 245 megawatts worth of electricity from two new wind power projects in Texas and Oklahoma. That's the equivalent of about one-third o ... more
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Light-based method makes remote wind measurements easier and more accurate
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
Corvus Energy wins contract to provide battery systems for hybrid fishing vessels
Richmond, Canada (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Norwegian maritime electronics firm Elmarin AS as the supplier of lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS) for three new hybrid fishing vessels. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the fishing vessels' propulsion systems and electrical networks to enable environmentally-friendly and lower cost ope ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers challenge status quo of battery commercialization
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
More durable, less expensive fuel cells
Kracrow, Poland (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A revolution in lithium-ion batteries is becoming more realistic
Brexit a step away from pollution commitments, U.N. envoy says
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
The British government risks sliding backwards on air quality to the detriment of human health through plans to leave the EU, a special U.N. envoy said. British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that Parliament made the "historic decision" to vote for a bill that gives clarity for the path out of the European Union. Separate from the Article 50 process that breaks the formal relat ... more
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
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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Rally in oil prices stalls despite global tensions
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Indications of positive economic momentum for the G20, global tensions and terrorism left oil prices near the yearly high, despite volatility early Friday. More than 20 people were hospitalized after an explosion shook a train leaving the Parsons Green station in southwest London during the morning rush hour. London's Metropolitan Police said there were treating it as a terrorist-relate ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Iran 'prepared for any measure' for oil market stability
Tehran (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
China provides $10 billion credit line to Iran
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Russia's Gazprom raises investment guideline
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
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
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
New Gravity Map Suggests Mars Has a Porous Crust
Climate change and hurricanes: do we need a smoking gun?
Paris (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Many climate scientists are convinced that mega-storms Harvey and Irma - which left scores dead and caused massive economic losses - were boosted by global warming, but hesitate to say so in as many words. Call it the hurricane paradox. On the one hand, top experts point to the laws of physics, computer modelling, and measurable increases in sea levels and the temperatures of both ocea ... more
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EU pledges to 'make our planet great again'
Montreal (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Canada, China, EU and partners push forward on Paris climate accord
On Board The Papal Plane (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Pope slams climate change deniers as 'stupid'
Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Researchers from the Graphene Flagship have demonstrated that graphene-based materials can be used to boost the properties of spider's silk. The silk - produced naturally by the spiders, incorporating graphene and carbon nanotubes (rolled up graphene sheets) introduced in their environment - had enhanced mechanical properties of up to three times the strength and ten times the toughness of the u ... more
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Jail terms for French carbon trading scammers
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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Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Britain's Ministry of Defense and Royal Navy has launched plans to obtain a new frigate to replace Type 23 frigates now in service. The project was announced Thursday by Minister for Defense Procurement Harriett Baldwin and came on the heels of the ministry's announcement of a new shipbuilding strategy. "A day after we launched the National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are taking ou ... more
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
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Ex-minister questioned as Israel submarine graft probe widens
US military official 'assuming' N. Korea nuclear test an H-bomb: report
Washington (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
The head of the US military's Strategic Command is "assuming" North Korea's nuclear test earlier this month was of a hydrogen bomb, Defense News reported Thursday. Pyongyang insisted the September 3 nuclear test was a hydrogen bomb but western powers have been reluctant to verify the claim. The reported acknowledgement is the nearest the US has come to confirming it was an H-bomb, with a ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
UN condemns 'highly provocative' N. Korea missile launch
Seoul (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
Moon, Trump vow stronger pressure against N. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
North Korea seeks military 'equilibrium' with US
Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law next week: defence chief
Manila, Philippines (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law next week if threatened massive protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defence chief said Friday. "He said, if the left will try to have a massive protest, start fires on the streets, they will disrupt the country, then I might (declare martial law)," Defence S ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia
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
Airbus wins $4-bln order from Cathay Pacific
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Airbus said Wednesday it has finalised a more than $4 billion order with Cathay Pacific for 32 of its A321neo aircraft to revamp the Hong Kong-based carrier's regional affiliate. The single-aisle medium-haul jets will be operated by Cathay Dragon which flies from Hong Kong to a number of Asian destinations, Airbus said in a statement. A preliminary agreement had been signed in August. ... 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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America asks: How did eight people die in Florida nursing home?
Miami (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Shocked Americans were struggling on Thursday to understand how eight elderly people in a Florida retirement home - directly across the street from a hospital - could have died in the days following Hurricane Irma's devastating passage. The matter is now in the hands of the law. Making the drama even more shocking, the deaths could perhaps have been prevented by hooking up an emergency ... more
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump views flooding's aftermath in hurricane-ravaged Florida
Pointe-a-Pitre (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
France's hurricane-hit St Martin on guard for health threats
Dar Al Kabirah, Syria (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
Russia plays up role as peacemaker, donor in Syria
Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices. The work, reported in the journal Science Advances, describes a new mechanism for producing stretchable e ... more
Dulles VA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Orbital ATK Begins Assembly of Industry's First Commercial In-Space Satellite Servicing System
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


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