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October 23, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants



Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. "We recommend the resumption of the two reactors", commission chairman Kim Ji-Hyung said in a press stateme ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant
Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP has installed a system to automatically adjust Goesgen Swiss nuclear power plant's electricity generation to the needs of the grid operator. The successfully implemented solution varies the ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP will deliver its Filtered Containment Venting System (FCVS) to seven nuclear reactors operated by Korean Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP). The project execution has already started, completi ... more
TECH SPACE
Space radiation won't stop NASA's human exploration
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While it's true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, it's also true that NASA is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and succes ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Greenpeace fireworks shine light on French nuclear safety concerns
Metz, France (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France early Thursday after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack. ... more
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Low-carbon advocates say U.S. renewables breaking records
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Amid the pushback on Washington's efforts to back coal and nuclear power, a report from low-carbon advocates found clean energy has organic momentum. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
International experts warned on Tuesday about security shortcomings at French and Belgian nuclear plants that make them vulnerable to attack, in a report commissioned by the Greenpeace group. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan could have foreseen and avoided the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a court ruled on Tuesday, ordering the government and the power plant operator to pay damages to local residents. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A new method for capturing radioactive waste from nuclear power plants is cheaper and more effective than current methods, a potential boon for the energy industry, according to new research publi ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima operator gets first safety approval since 2011 disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant cleared a major regulatory hurdle Wednesday to restart two reactors in Japan, its first since the 2011 tsunami sparked the worst atomic accident in decades. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Radioactive cesium leajing into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have discovered a surprising new source of radioactive cesium some 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. ... more


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TECH SPACE
Dosage formulations for anti-radiation drug being developed
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
Humanetics Corporation is to develop solid-dosage formulations of BIO 300, a drug to mitigate the toxicities of exposure to radiation. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
UAE to open Arab Gulf's first nuclear reactor in 2018
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
The United Arab Emirates on Monday announced plans to open a nuclear power plant next year, in what would be a first for the emirate and the Arab Gulf region. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
BWXT awarded contract extension for nuclear waste facility operations
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC has received a contract extension for management and operations at the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the company announced Thursday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Russia on Friday held a launching ceremony for a powerful nuclear icebreaker, called Sibir (Siberia), in its drive to prepare a fleet for navigating the Northern Passage and hauling goods, particularly energy, to Asian markets. ... more



Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Biofuels obtained from biomass are becoming increasingly important. Apart from biomethane, however, they cannot be produced efficiently, cheaply and sustainably since the current technological complexity and costs are still too high. Partly to blame is cellulose, a polysaccharide and plant constituent which is not water soluble and thus difficult to process. Typically, biorefineries use a ... more
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet
Binghamton NY (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind. A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self-sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and r ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
SCE monopoly abuse of power prompts the necessity of off-grid inventions
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Think laterally to sidestep production problems
Cayce SC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Clean Energy Collective Starts Construction on SCE and G Community Solar Facilities
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Australia's international wind energy company Windlab Limited will begin construction of the innovative $160 million Kennedy Energy Park hybrid renewable energy project, after securing financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project is owned by Kennedy Energy Park Holdings Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdin ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A kite that might fly
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
The investments necessary to provide electricity for the entire world population is less than 2 percent of total energy investments, the IEA said Thursday. A report from the International Energy Agency, published Thursday, finds that providing universal access to electricity within 13 years would require an investment of $31 billion per year, which the report said was less than 2 percen ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
The blob that ate the tokamak
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
To fuse hydrogen atoms into helium, doughnut-shaped devices called tokamaks must maintain the heat of the ultrahot plasma they control. But like boiling water, plasma has blobs, or bubbles, that percolate within the plasma edge, reducing the performance of the plasma by taking away heat that sustains the fusion reactions. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton P ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
'Air-breathing' battery could cut costs of renewable energy storage
Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of fir ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Smog defies China's Communist Party congress
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Chevron suspends operations in Iraqi Kurdistan
New York (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Chevron said Friday it "temporarily" suspended operations in Kurdistan in Iraq, an oil-rich region at the center of a conflict between Baghdad and Kurdish forces. "We continue to monitor the situation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq," said a spokeswoman for the US oil giant in an email message. "We remain in regular contact," she said. "We look forward to resuming our operations as soon ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Rising dollar, risk tolerance, drags oil prices lower
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Iran reaches agreement on gas with Italian power company
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Azerbaijan would support further OPEC balancing actions
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Mars has an invisible magnetic "tail" that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft is in orbit around Mars gathering data on how the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere and water, transforming from a world that could have supported life billi ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
A mission to Mars could make its own oxygen thanks to plasma technology
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
Mine craft for Mars
US ocean observation critical to understanding climate change
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The ocean plays a critical role in climate and weather, serving as a massive reservoir of heat and water that influences tropical storms, El Nin?o, and climate change. In addition, the ocean has absorbed 30 percent of the carbon dioxide associated with human activities, lessening the climate effects of fossil fuel combustion. Ocean observing systems are important as they provide informatio ... more
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Carbon coating gives biochar its garden-greening power
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
For more than 100 years, biochar, a carbon-rich, charcoal-like substance made from oxygen-deprived plant or other organic matter, has both delighted and puzzled scientists. As a soil additive, biochar can store carbon and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it can slow-release nutrients to act as a non-toxic fertilizer. But the precise chemistry by which biochar stores nutrients and ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
New Insights From OCO-2 Showcased in Science
Miami (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite
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Navy to commission 14th Virginia-class submarine
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The Navy's 14th Virginia-class fast attack submarine will be commissioned into service on Saturday in Virginia. The Navy said Thomas Dee, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy, will preside over the ceremony for the future USS Washington at Norfolk Naval Station. "The future USS Washington is among the most technologically advanced platforms in the world," Dee ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Navy officers fired over 'preventable' USS McCain collision
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Leonardo to provide new communications software for Australian submarines
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
BAE Systems to support Queen Elizabeth carriers
N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers
Seoul (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The constant missile and nuclear threats from South Korea's belligerent northern neighbour have racked regional tensions sky-high, but they are a boon for the country's burgeoning defence industry. South Korea has been one of the world's largest importers of military equipment and technology for decades - mostly from the US - but in recent years its domestic sector has grown rapidly. A ... more
Tehran (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Iran supreme leader dismisses Trump's 'rants and whoppers'
Seoul (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
N. Korea sends China Communist Party faint praise
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
CIA chief: North Korea close to nuke that could hit US
16 policemen killed in Egypt shootout with militants
Road To El Wahat El Bahariya , Egypt (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
Sixteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, the interior ministry said Saturday, in a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. Funerals were held in several provinces for those killed, whose coffins were wrapped in Egyptian flags. The official toll from the interior ministry was lower than a ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Locals may have helped Islamic State ambush Green Berets in Niger
Brussels (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
NATO chief hails defeat of IS from Raqa stronghold
Washington (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
As Islamic State falls, has US missed bigger picture?
State Dept. proposes $343B C-17 support contract with Kuwait
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
The State Department announced Friday it has approved a possible foreign military sale to the government of Kuwait for continuation of the C-17 logistics support services and equipment. The contract, which requires approval from Congress before being finalized, is said to be worth an estimated $342.6 million and would meet a request from Kuwait for three years - with an option for an a ... more
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Hear This: 30 Percent Less Noise
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Multiple countries set to receive new eyes in the sky for Apache attack helicopters
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
U.S. taps Elbit for pilot HUD display units
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ESA takes the reins of the Disasters Charter
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
When disaster strikes, a group of international space agencies pools its resources and expertise to support relief efforts on the ground. For the next six months, ESA will be leading the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as it brings information from satellites to the aid of the vulnerable. Every six months, a different member takes the role of Primus Inter Pares - or Charter ... more
San Juan (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Mayor of Puerto Rican capital a fighter who took on Trump
Zurich (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Insured losses from hurricanes, Mexico quakes $95 bln: Swiss Re estimate
Zurich (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Zurich Insurance sees $700 mln in hurricane claims in Q3
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The team says the findings represent an "extremely promising" new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape. This open ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Samsung's revamped Bixby takes on Amazon Alexa
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
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