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October 27, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Dessel: a new step forward with the dismantling of the site



Dessel, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
On October 9, 2017, the Belgian Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (Agence Federale de Controle Nucleaire - AFCN) gave its approval for the demolition of buildings 1 and 2 of the plant of FBFC International, a subsidiary of AREVA NP, located in Dessel (Belgium) and which is part of the Fuel BU. "This authorization marks another important step forward on the project. Three of the five nuclear buildings of which the site was made up at the start of dismantling have now been decommissioned. It allows ... read more

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. ... 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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
MATRIX pitched as a game changer for used fuel dry storage
Paris (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
AREVA TN, the nuclear logistics affiliate of New AREVA, is launching an advanced used nuclear fuel storage overpack, NUHOMS MATRIX. With its improved capacity and performance, NUHOMS MATRIX addresse ... more
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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
SOLAR DAILY
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


Fukushima operator gets first safety approval since 2011 disaster

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
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Largest Nuclear Training Center In France Opens Its Doors
Normandy, France (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
TRIHOM has inaugurated its new learning center in Normandy, France. The event was attended by Philippe Knoche, the CEO of New AREVA, as well as company managers and representatives from the region. ... more
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



Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
Champaign IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change. This would be a massive undertaking, involving the conversion of hundreds of thousands of square miles - at its most ambitious, more than the combined land area of Texas and Califor ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Stiff fibers spun from slime
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Air pollution cuts solar energy potential in China
Princeton NJ (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
China is rapidly expanding its solar power supply, hoping to meet 10 percent of the nation's electricity needs with solar energy by 2030. But there's a problem: severe air pollution is blocking light from the sun, significantly reducing China's output of solar energy, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of the country. This issue is worst in the winter, when - according to resea ... more
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New fractal-like concentrating solar power receivers are better at absorbing sunlight
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
German utility sees potential in rooftop solar
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Recurrent Energy Announces Commercial Operation of 71 MW North Carolina Solar Project
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
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Utility companies in the Japanese market face an uphill battle in meeting targets for the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, Moody's reported Monday. Moody's Investors Service reported that Japan faces challenges in meeting its commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Based on March levels, the report found emissions from the utility sector will need to be cut by as much as 50 p ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
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
Electronic entropy enhances water splitting
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Researchers have long known that cerium is the best element to use when splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen - a key technique in creating hydrogen gas for fuel. But why, exactly, cerium is so successful has been far less understood. Now a Northwestern University team led by Chris Wolverton has discovered that cerium's electronic entropy, which is created when an electron transitions a ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Scientists solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Ames UConn team discover superconductor with bounce
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Plastic and metal-organic frameworks partner for sensing and storage
India top court bans dirty fuel to fight Delhi's bad air
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
India's top court Tuesday banned the use of petroleum coke - a cheap but dirty fuel - in New Delhi's neighbouring states, the latest crackdown aimed at improving air quality in one of the most polluted cities in the world. The Supreme Court also ordered a ban on the sale and use of furnace oil - a polluting refinery by-product - in industries in the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and R ... more
Santiago (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Chile to ban plastic bags in coastal regions
Rome (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Schools closed over fears of toxic wind from Italy steel plant
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Levels of microplastics in the Baltic have remained constant for 30 years
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Oil prices stand still in market push-pull
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Mixed support from supply and demand metrics left crude oil prices in relatively static territory in the early rounds of Thursday trading. Preliminary data and early reads on supply and demand indicated a slight drain in U.S. crude oil inventories. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, however, posted a surprise 856,000 build, snapping a four-week streak of declines. Trader ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 25, 2017
Amid energy spats, Ukraine's economy showing resilience
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Iran says it's signed its first agreement tied to LNG
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Hearings cancelled over Minnesota oil pipeline
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2017
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity's sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development is a preparatory test on Mars. The five-year-old mission is still several months from the soonest possible resumption of drilling into Martian rocks. Managers are enthusiastic about successful Earth-based tests of techniques to work around a mechanical ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Solar eruptions could electrify Martian moons
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
MAVEN finds Mars has a twisted tail
Paris (ESA) Oct 23, 2017
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A drier south: Europe's drought trends match climate change projections
Logan UT (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
On the same day that global leaders wrapped up an international water and climate summit in Rome, researchers published new findings that suggest European drought trends are lining up with climate change projections. Their study, published Oct. 25 in Scientific Reports, shows that two major drought indices are deviating from one another across Europe in a manner consistent with climate cha ... more
Hanover, NH (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Carbon dioxide levels lower than thought during super greenhouse period
New Haven CT (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
IMF chief warns of 'dark future' over climate change
Taming 'wild' electrons in graphene
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Graphene - a one-atom-thick layer of the stuff in pencils - is a better conductor than copper and is very promising for electronic devices, but with one catch: Electrons that move through it can't be stopped. Until now, that is. Scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick have learned how to tame the unruly electrons in graphene, paving the way for the ultra-fast transport of electrons ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Global CO2 emissions stalled for the third year in a row
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Carbon coating gives biochar its garden-greening power
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
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Work begins on amphibious transport ship Fort Lauderdale
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Construction of another San Antonio-class amphibious dock ship for the U.S. Navy has officially started at a Huntington Ingalls facility in Mississippi. A keel authentication ceremony for the future USS Fort Lauderdale, LPD 28, took place Friday when modules for the ship were joined together, according to company officials. "Authentication of the ship's keel is a major ship event ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
USS Washington set to receive more than $20 million in 'finishing touches'
Jerusalem (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Israel, Germany sign submarine deal: Netanyahu
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Navy to commission 14th Virginia-class submarine
Dutch know-how may have gone into arms of mass destruction
The Hague (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
The Dutch government has admitted that technology from the Netherlands may have been used to develop weapons of mass destruction in Iran, Pakistan or Syria. Dutch intelligence services have received "indications in a number of cases" that "Dutch technology was used in programmes of weapons of mass destruction or for the means of transmission in Iran, Pakistan or Syria", the outgoing minister ... more
Clark, Philippines (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Philippines says sanctions strengthen Kim as Chinese, SK defence chiefs meet
Bangkok (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Mattis says US 'not rushing to war' with N. Korea
Washington (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
US adds sanctions on North Korea for rights abuses
African anti-jihad force makes first steps in troubled Sahel
Sevare, Mali (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Five nations in Africa's Sahel region are progressively deploying a counter-terror force to combat jihadist groups but the project will be vulnerable during its fledgling stage, diplomats and military sources say. The so-called "G5 Sahel" states are some of the world's poorest and least developed nations, comprising Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Spread across largely to ... more
Geneva (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
ICRC warns states against 'dehumanisation' of IS fighters
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Tunnels reveal militants' rat-like tactics in Philippine war
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Boko Haram kills six Nigerian soldiers in raid
Boeing keeps tough line on Bombardier as earnings fall
New York (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Boeing strongly defended its tough stance in a trade dispute with Canada's Bombardier Wednesday, as it reported lower quarterly earnings in part due to unexpected costs on a military contract. Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg defended a complaint against the Canadian company over alleged illegal subsidies, a dispute that has deepened tensions between Canadian Prime Minister and US Pr ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
UChicago astrophysicists to catch particles from deep space on NASA balloon mission
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Highly flexible wings tested
Athens (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Greece defends F-16 warplane upgrade amid cost criticism
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17 climbers dead after avalanche in Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
The death toll from an avalanche in Mongolia rose to 17 on Wednesday after rescuers found the bodies of seven missing climbers who had ignored a ban on climbing a mountain. The Mongolian nationals went missing on Sunday after climbing the 4,021-metre (13,192 foot) Mount Otgontenger, the National Emergency Management Agency said. The group was made up of four women and 13 men aged 30 to 5 ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
US Congress passes $36.5 bn in hurricane, wildfire aid
The Hague (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Sophisticated DNA labs unveiled to help trace the missing
San Juan (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Mayor of Puerto Rican capital a fighter who took on Trump
Robot wars: US smashes Japan in giant days-long duel
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
In scenes reminiscent of films like "Transformers", a giant US robot fighting machine swung a "chainsaw sword" to chop a Japanese opponent into submission in a battle watched by tens of thousands online. The two massive and heavily armed machines went claw-to-claw at an abandoned steel mill in Japan, firing cannons and smashing each other in a days-long duel. California-based firm MegaBo ... more
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
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