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September 25, 2017
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Japan government not responsible for Fukushima: court



Tokyo (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
A Japanese court ruled Friday that the plant operator not the government was responsible for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ordering the former to pay damages. The district court in Chiba near Tokyo said the government "was able to foresee" but "may not have been able to avoid the accident" caused by the tsunami that smashed into the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, the water overwhelmed reactor cooling systems, sending three into meltdown at the plan ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Against rising headwinds, UK pushes ahead with nuclear projects
London (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Under pressure from Brexit and the declining costs of renewable energy, Britain's nuclear industry is increasingly relying on supportive government policy to plough on with high-profile - and controversial - projects. ... more
NUKEWARS
51 countries line up to sign UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
With the North Korean nuclear crisis looming large, 51 countries on Wednesday lined up to sign a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons that has been fiercely opposed by the United States and other nuclear powers. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Science denial not limited to political right
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many claims have been made that science denial, particularly as it relates to climate change, is primarily a problem of the political right. But what ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Russia's use and stockpiles of highly enriched uranium pose significant nuclear risks
Princeton NJ (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Russia currently holds the world's largest stockpile of highly enriched uranium, a nuclear weapon-usable material, posing significant nuclear security risks, according to a recent report issued by t ... more
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TECH SPACE
Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium a ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Discovery could reduce nuclear waste by chemically reengineering molecules
Bloomington IN (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A discovery by Indiana University researchers could advance the long-term storage of nuclear waste, an increasingly burdensome and costly task for the public and private agencies that protect people ... more
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. ... 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


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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



New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution. Completely compostable, the material - a polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex - is comprised of nearly equal parts of treated cellulose pulp from wood or ... more
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A new way to directly convert methane to methanol using gold-palladium nanoparticles
Beijing (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
China aims to extend ethanol fuel usage countrywide by 2020
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
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Antigua's well-built PV systems sustain impact of hurricane Irma
Antigua and Barbuda (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
The 6th September 2017 will remain as a notable day that all the people of Antigua and Barbuda will remember. Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Caribbean, exceeding category 5, has then hit the twin island state with its devastating power. The island of Barbuda suffered from the highest impact, with 90% of constructions wiped away by the strong wind blowing at consiste ... more
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese solar panel manufacturer claims a quarter of India's market
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company ENGIE said it teamed up with an investment group to help develop a wind energy program in India, one of the world's fastest growing economies. The company formed a partnership with the Abraaj investment group to develop as much as 1 gigawatt of wind power in the Indian energy sector. "Energy demand is growing tremendously in India, and ENGIE is investing in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A project led by the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will combine artificial intelligence with massive amounts of data and industry experience from a dozen U.S. partners to identify places where the electric grid is vulnerable to disruption, reinforce those spots in advance and recover faster when failures do occur. The eventual goal is an autonomous grid that s ... more
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
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
Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads towards next-gen fuel cells
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
A powdery mix of metal nanocrystals wrapped in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), shows promise for safely storing hydrogen for use with fuel cells for passenger vehicles and other uses. And now, a new study provides insight into the atomic details of the crystals' ultrathin coating and how it serves ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers challenge status quo of battery commercialization
Stanford CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Stanford professor tests a cooling system that works without electricity
Canada's Eldorado Gold to suspend investment in Greece
Athens (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Canada's Eldorado Gold announced early Monday it would suspend investment in mining operations in Greece due to what it said were delays by the Greek government in issuing permits. Despite repeated attempts by the company and its Greek subsidiary to talk to the government, "delays continue in issuing routine permits and licences for the construction and development of the Skouries and Olympi ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Brexit a step away from pollution commitments, U.N. envoy says
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
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Petrol prices pumped up in Pyongyang
Pyongyang (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Petrol prices are being pumped higher in Pyongyang in the wake of United Nations sanctions restricting exports of oil products to nuclear-armed North Korea. Retail prices have gone up around 20 percent in two months, AFP saw in the capital - and are now more than double what they were at the beginning of the year. Two weeks ago the UN Security Council imposed its eighth set of sanctions ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Oil prices in mixed territory amid OPEC waiting game
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
French company Total captures more assets in the Gulf of Mexico
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Nigeria ready to play OPEC ball, Russia says
HIAD heat shield material feels the burn during arc jet testing
Hampton VA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
NASA heat shield material that could one day be used on an inflatable aeroshell during atmospheric entry on Mars recently underwent testing at Boeing's Large Core Arc Tunnel in St. Louis, Missouri. The inflatable aeroshell, using high temperature advanced flexible material systems, will enable atmospheric entry to planetary bodies and the landing of heavy payloads. The Hypersonic Inflatabl ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Six emerge from 8-mo Mars experiment in Hawaii dome
Lawrence KS (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Hope to discover sure signs of life on Mars
Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
More evidence of water on Mars
Science denial not limited to political right
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many claims have been made that science denial, particularly as it relates to climate change, is primarily a problem of the political right. But what happens when scientific conclusions challenge liberals' attitudes on public policy issues, such as gun control, nuclear power or immigration? A new study from social psychologists at the Univer ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Canada Tory MP called out for referring to minister as 'climate Barbie'
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
US looks to work with Paris climate accord 'partners': Tillerson
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals
Gothenburg, Sweded (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomate ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Test for safe CO2 storage to aid world-leading technology project
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials
Paris (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Jail terms for French carbon trading scammers
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Navy takes delivery of new attack submarine
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
The future U.S. Navy submarine USS Colorado, built by Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Dynamics Electric Boat, has been delivered to the service. U.S. Sea Systems Command said delivery of the submarine occurred Thursday. The vessel is expected to be commissioned into service next spring. "Colorado's delivery brings another Block III Virginia-class submarine to the fleet ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Electric Boat receives $5.1B contract for Columbia-class submarines
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Damen Shipbuilding highlights offshore patrol vessel activities
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate
A-bombs and H-bombs explained
Paris (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
The world's nuclear arsenals are comprised mainly of two types of warheads - atomic bombs, also called A-bombs, and the more powerful hydrogen or H-bombs. North Korea, escalating its war of rhetoric with the United States, on Friday hinted it may explode an H-bomb over the Pacific, having already carried out underground tests of atomic and hydrogen bombs. Here is a rundown on both types ... more
Seoul (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
North Korea seeks military 'equilibrium' with US
Tehran (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US warnings
Washington (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
US, N. Korea brinksmanship brings warning of 'unpredictable nosedive'
US strikes IS camp in Libya, killing 17: official
Washington (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
US forces carried out six "precision air strikes" against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday. The command said the air strikes were conducted on Friday, in coordination with Libya's Government of National Accord, hitting a desert camp 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of the city of Sirte. "The camp was used by ISIS to move fighters in ... more
Beirut (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
US-backed force says in 'final stages' of defeating IS in Raqa
Manila, Philippines (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law next week: defence chief
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia
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 12, 2017
Harris Corp. developing F-35 missile release system
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Navy chiefs see difficulties but improvement with aircraft readiness
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In Dominica, islanders stand strong despite chaos
Roseau, Dominica (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
It's been less than a week since Hurricane Maria largely destroyed the Caribbean island of Dominica - but despite cut-off supplies and extreme conditions, its inhabitants remain optimistic in the face of devastation. Maria killed 15 people when it tore through the "Nature Island" - population 72,000 - as a Category Five storm, leaving its once-luscious green mountains stripped to dirt. ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Frida, the four-legged heroine of Mexico's quake rescues
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Psychologists help Mexico deal with double trauma of quake
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 25, 2017
NASA Tech Aids Search Following Mexico Quake
Sorting molecules with DNA robots
Pasadena CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Imagine a robot that could help you tidy your home: roving about, sorting stray socks into the laundry and dirty dishes into the dishwasher. While such a practical helper may still be the stuff of science fiction, Caltech scientists have developed an autonomous molecular machine that can perform similar tasks - at the nanoscale. This "robot," made of a single strand of DNA, can autonomously "wal ... more
Manchester UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists create world's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules
Pisa, Italy (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Robot 'conductor' steals the show from Italy's top tenor
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch


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