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October 31, 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
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
Fitch: U.S. decision on Paris doesn't matter for renewable growth
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Oil-rich Alberta adding more solar components
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
UNIST researchers develop highly stable perovskite solar cells
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
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
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
Plastic and metal-organic frameworks partner for sensing and storage
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
A marriage between 3-D printer plastic and a versatile material for detecting and storing gases could lead to inexpensive sensors and fuel cell batteries alike, suggests new research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The material is called a metal-organic framework, or MOF - perhaps not as familiar a substance as plastic, but one that may prove as broadly usef ... more
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
UNIST researchers introduce novel catalyst for rechargeable metal-air batteries
Tempe AZ (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Protein can be switched on to conduct electricity like a metal
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Scientists get first close-ups of finger-like growths that trigger battery fires
Dynamic catalytic converters for clean air in the city
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Reducing pollutant emission of vehicles and meeting stricter exhaust gas standards are major challenges when developing catalytic converters. A new concept might help to efficiently treat exhaust gases after the cold start of engines and in urban traffic and to reduce the consumption of expensive noble metal. It is based on the interaction between platinum and the cerium oxide carrier to control ... 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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Iraq adds capacity to oil export terminal
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2017
A new export terminal at the southern Iraqi port city of Basra adds another 900,000 barrels per day of capacity, the Iraqi oil ministry said. Iraqi Oil Minister Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said a fifth terminal at the Basra export facility could put the total capacity at the southern port at 4.6 million barrels per day. The minister said the new terminal adds flexibility to Iraq ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
Exxon earning and spending more
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
Upbeat producer sentiment offset GDP to push oil prices lower
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
China oil majors' profits up on firm demand
Winters leave marks on Mars' sand dunes
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
New lab experiments suggest the sublimation of carbon dioxide - which freezes in the winter and thaws in the spring - is leaving unique marks on Mars' sand dunes. Much science has been devoted to the events and processes that shaped the Martian surface millions of years ago, but a team of scientists at the University of Dublin, in Ireland, wanted to better understand how the Red Plane ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Winters on Mars are shaping the Red Planet's landscape
Dhofar, Oman (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
In desert of Oman, a gateway to life on Mars
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
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At climate talks, it's America alone more than America first
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Facing 195 other countries who have chosen a different path, the task of US negotiators at upcoming climate talks in Bonn is unenviable. Donald Trump has vowed to exit the Paris Climate accord, just not yet, leaving US policy in limbo for the next three years until Washington can officially leave. So, it falls to Thomas Shannon - a respected career diplomat - to this week lead a delega ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Tiny chip-based methane spectrometer could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Logan UT (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
A drier south: Europe's drought trends match climate change projections
Hanover, NH (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Carbon dioxide levels lower than thought during super greenhouse period
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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British Navy fires nine sailors from nuclear submarine
London (AFP) Oct 28, 2017
Nine British sailors assigned to a nuclear submarine have been discharged from the Royal Navy after failing compulsory drug tests, Britain's ministry of defence has confirmed. The service personnel, stationed aboard HMS Vigilant - one of four Royal Navy submarines equipped with nuclear missiles - were dismissed after all tested positive for an illegal substance. "We do not tolerate dru ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Work begins on amphibious transport ship Fort Lauderdale
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
IAEA inspectors in Iran working 'without problem': Amano
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The head of the UN atomic agency said in Abu Dhabi on Sunday IAEA inspectors are doing their work in Iran "without problem", a day after Tehran was implementing its nuclear commitments. "Our inspectors (in Iran) are discharging their responsibilities without problem," Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Abu Dhabi. He was speaking on the sidelin ... more
The Hague (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Dutch know-how may have gone into arms of mass destruction
Vatican City (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Vatican to host high-level push against nuclear weapons
Seoul (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
The devastating tolls of a new Korean war
Second Niger team was out to kill or capture Islamic State leader
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
A second special operations team was on a mission to kill or capture an Islamic State leader before the Oct. 4 attack on a Green Beret unit in Niger, U.S. intelligence officials told UPI. The ambush, in which four Americans and five Nigerian soldiers were killed, may have been orchestrated by the leader of IS in the Greater Sahara, Abu Walid al-Sahrawi. Sahrawi, code-named "Naylo ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
UN report blames gas attack on Syrian regime
Sevare, Mali (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
African anti-jihad force makes first steps in troubled Sahel
Geneva (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
ICRC warns states against 'dehumanisation' of IS fighters
Embraer, Sierra Nevada supplying more A-29 aircraft for Afghan air force
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The U.S. Air Force's Afghanistan program has tapped Sierra Nevada Corporation and partner Embraer Defense & Security to supply six A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to Afghanistan. The Afghan air force uses the A-29 trainer and light attack aircraft for flight training, aerial reconnaissance and other missions, Embraer said in a company news release Wednesday. Afghanistan will have 26 A ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 25, 2017
Airbus expected to lead light military helicopter market, report says
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
Eurofighter companies add on to Belgian contract bid
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Despite strong Q3 earnings, Boeing hit with $349M loss over Pegasus
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SATCOM and Disaster Recovery Plans Withstand Irma
McLean VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
The recent barrage of hurricanes in the southern United States is a reminder of the need for all companies that operate critical services to have a solid disaster recovery (DR) plan. At Intelsat General Corporation (IGC), the unpredictability of hurricane Irma gave us an opportunity to execute our own DR plan and to provide uninterrupted service for our customers. As a satellite communicat ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
$129 bn in extreme weather losses last year: climate report
New York (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Displaced Puerto Ricans find refuge in New York
La Montabita, Colombia (AFP) Oct 28, 2017
Fighting to farming: New life for Colombia's ex-rebels
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Computers can now beat humans at chess and Go, but it may be a while before people trust their driving. The danger of self-driving cars was highlighted last year when Tesla's autonomous car collided with a truck it mistook for a cloud, killing its passenger. Self-driving cars depend on a form of machine learning called deep learning. Modeled after the human brain, layers of artificial neur ... more
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
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