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November 16, 2017
TECH SPACE
Some Chinese coal ash too radioactive for reuse



Durham NC (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Manufacturers are increasingly using encapsulated coal ash from power plants as a low-cost binding agent in concrete, wallboard, bricks, roofing and other building materials. But a new study by U.S. and Chinese scientists cautions that coal ash from high-uranium deposits in China may be too radioactive for this use. "While most coals in China and the U.S. have typically low uranium concentrations, in some areas in China we have identified coals with high uranium content," said Avner Vengosh, profe ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
A fast reactor system to shorten the lifetime of long-lived fission products
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A team of scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with Tohoku University, Tokyo City University and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has proposed a novel appr ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have installed a device to remove nuclear fuel from a meltdown-hit reactor nearly seven years after the crisis was sparked by a tsunami, a spokesman said Monday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Nuclear tax refund keeps RWE on track for 2017
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
German energy giant RWE on Tuesday said it was confident of hitting the upper targets of its 2017 outlook after a huge nuclear tax refund boosted its nine-month performance. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
France backtracks on nuclear power reduction target
Paris (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
The French government said Tuesday that it probably would not be able to keep its 2025 deadline for reducing the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent, an admission which angered ecologists. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP introduces FORERUNNER robot to optimize steam generator inspections
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
AREVA NP has announced the latest addition to the company's next generation of inspection robots - FORERUNNER for steam generators, which is developed and manufactured by INETEC-Institute for Nuclea ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Nuclear energy programs may not increase likelihood of proliferation
Hanover NH (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Contrary to popular thought, nuclear proliferation is not more likely to occur among countries with nuclear energy programs, according to research published in International Security. In a his ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Bulgaria extends life of Soviet-era nuclear reactor
Sofia (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Bulgaria's nuclear energy watchdog greenlighted on Friday an extension of the lifespan of one of two Soviet-built reactors at the country's sole nuclear power plant. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Rutgers-led research could revolutionize nuclear waste reprocessing and save money
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Seeking a better way to capture radioactive iodides in spent nuclear reactor fuel, Rutgers-New Brunswick scientists have developed an extremely efficient "molecular trap" that can be recycled and re ... more
TECH SPACE
Liquids take a shine to terahertz radiation
Mumbai, India (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
In a significant breakthrough, scientists at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai have devised a high power radiation source in the much sought after terahertz (THz) region of t ... more
TECH SPACE
Radio Pollution Creates Space Shield for Satellites
Boulder CO (VOA) Oct 31, 2017
People are big polluters, on the land, in the sea and even in outer space, that can include anything from a hammer that floats away from the space station, to radiation from a nuclear weapons test i ... more


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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 Inter ... 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



To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrates the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. The study, recently published in the journal Nature Microbiology, reports on the discovery of new typ ... more
Livermore CA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel
China Saves the World, and America Too by Going Off-The-Grid
Wuxi, China (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
"People demand a beautiful life," was the opening statement of Mr. Wu Xingiong, Deputy Director of the Economic Committee of CPPCC. He is 100% right. The people of mother earth have spoken and the ancient middle kingdom of China woke. And not the I just got out of bed woke, but a full steam ahead mentality to cure the planet. A German colleague told me many years ago that China will cover ... more
Chefchaouen, Morocco (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
In Morocco, a blue tourist town is turning green
Tempe AZ (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Learning from photosynthesis
Paris (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
It's wasteful to keep offering production tax credits to a "mature technology" like wind energy in the United States, a Tennessee Republican said. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., spoke on the floor in support of ending a wind production tax credit by the end of the year as part of a broader tax overhaul under consideration in the nation's capital. "We have turned our attentio ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
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
Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond to threats to the system. The researchers show how a difference in a conductor's magnetic permeabi ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
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
Study helps make microgrids a more reliable power source
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Today, more than 1.3 billion people are living without regular access to power, including more than 300 million in India and 600 million in sub-Saharan Africa. In these and other developing countries, access to a main power grid, particularly in rural regions, is remote and often unreliable. Increasingly, many rural and some urban communities are turning to microgrids as an alternative sou ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A novel layered superconductor based on tin and arsenic
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
Scientists design smart paper capable of detecting water, conducting electricity
Small cities choke as India remains callous to rising bad air
Moradabad, India (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
In the northern Indian city of Moradabad fumes from burning electronic waste blend with seasonal smog to create an even deadlier mix of pollutants than in Delhi, where filthy air has caused public outcry and made global headlines. India's smog crisis has centred on the capital but pollution is as bad or worse beyond its borders, with millions in smaller cities like Moradabad barely aware of ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Parents angry as Delhi schools reopen despite smog
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
'Don't panic' says Indian minister as smog crisis deepens
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
China's sulfur dioxide emissions fell sharply while India's grew rapidly
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Fossil fuel investment spells 'unsustainable future': UN chief
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Continued investment in fossil fuel would deliver "an unsustainable future", UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday, saying time was running out to prevent calamitous climate change caused by atmosphere-fouling emissions. Sinking more money into coal, oil and gas does not make financial sense, and markets must be "re-oriented away from the counter-productive," he told UN climate envoys i ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
Oil prices move lower in Russian fence-sitting
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
Iran reports strong gains in tax revenue from oil sales
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
BP learning to do more with less
Fracture swarms on Mars driven by ancient tectonics
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
ESA's Mars Express has imaged striking features on Mars were caused by the planet's crust stretching apart in response to ancient volcanic activity. The fractures in the Sirenum Fossae region in the southern hemisphere were imaged by ESA's Mars Express in March. They extend for thousands of kilometres in length, far beyond the boundaries of this image. The fractures divide the crust ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2017
Mars 2020 Mission performs first supersonic parachute test
Mountain View CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
New partnership on Mars drone applications research
Dubai (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
Russia's Roscosmos may take part in creation of 'Martian Town' in Dubai
Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy,' new research shows
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering - the intentional manipulation of the climate to counter the effect of global warming by injecting aerosols artificially into the atmosphere - has been mooted as a p ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Cooling in high and mid-latitudes led to aridification in Northern Africa
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum
New graphene filter turns whiskey clear
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Scientists have created a new graphene-oxide membrane capable of turning whiskey clear. Previous graphene-oxide filters proved impermeable to all but water, limiting their potential. But researchers at the University of Manchester found they could let other solvents through by making the graphene-oxide membrane extremely thin. During the membrane's assembly, pinholes become inter ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
First-ever US experiments at new X-ray facility may lead to better explosive modeling
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
EU agrees to reform world's largest carbon market
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
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BAE awarded contract to repair, modernize USS Tortuga
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair has been awarded $139.8 million to repair and modernize the USS Tortuga LSD-46, a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship. The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is classified as a firm-fixed-price contract, meaning, BAE Systems will not be reimbursed for potential additional costs while executing the contract. Earlier this year, ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 9, 2017
General Dynamics to sustain U.S., British submarine weapons systems
Dubai (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
UAE closes deal for two Gowind navy corvettes: Macron
Seoul (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
S. Korea 'in talks to buy nuclear submarine' from US: reports
Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at N. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
Three US aircraft carriers, accompanied by South Korean warships, launched a joint naval drill Saturday in a fresh show of force aimed at North Korea, whose nuclear ambitions have dominated US President Donald Trump's ongoing tour of Asia. The four-day exercise in the western Pacific involves three flattops - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - and seven South Korean ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Senate panel debates US president's nuclear authority
Seoul (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
N. Korea defector in serious condition from gunshot wounds
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
UN condemns N. Korea for firing missiles as people starve
Algeria minister says region under threat after IS defeats
Cairo (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Wednesday that North Africa is under threat from foreign fighters escaping the Islamic State jihadist group's defeats in Iraq and Syria. Messahel spoke at a news conference in Cairo after a meeting with his Egyptian and Tunisian counterparts, Sameh Shoukry and Khemaies Jhinaoui, over Libya. The Islamic State rose to prominence in the cha ... more
Moscow (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Russia posts videogame image as 'proof' US helps IS: monitor
Hawija, Iraq (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
Mass graves holding '400 IS victims' found in Iraq
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Macron warns looming military defeat of IS 'not the end'
Bell-Boeing to provide V-22 support to Japan
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
Bell-Boeing JPO has been contracted for "field representative and logistic support services" to support the V-22 aircraft for the government of Japan. The deal, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, is worth just over $10 million and is classified as a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, meaning Bell-Boeing will receive additional cost reimbursement based on a previously negotiated f ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Norway receives first three F-35s from Lockheed Martin
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Air Force pilot shortage has grown, is 'stretching the force to the limit'
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
Navy contracts with Bell Helicopter for two AH-1Z Vipers
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Dimming Sun's rays to cool planet will affect storms too: study
Bonn (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Injecting billions of reflective particles into the stratosphere could help cool an overheating planet, but would also alter the intensity of tropical storms, researchers said Tuesday. Depending on the hemisphere in which such aerosols are released, hurricanes in the North Atlantic would become weaker or stronger, they reported in Nature Communications. Moreover, efforts to engineer lo ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
15,000 scientists say threats to planet now 'far worse'
Sar-E Pol-E Zahab, Iran (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake
New York (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Sandy Hook families renew legal push against gun maker
FORTIS K-SRD exoskeleton could help soldiers cover inclined terrain quickly
Orlando FL (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
A study by the University of Michigan Human Neuromechanics Laboratory suggests that battle-equipped soldiers would be less fatigued if they wore Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] FORTIS Knee-Stress Relief Device (K-SRD)TM exoskeleton on inclined terrain. The independently funded study states that "K-SRD consistently decreased the cost of transport of walking up an incline with a load." Cost of ... more
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study shows need for adaptive powered knee prosthesis to assist amputees
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