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November 17, 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
NANO TECH
Promising sensors for submarines, mines and spacecraft
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Researchers from the Physics Department of Moscow State University and their colleagues have discovered a mechanism that allows gas sensors, based on nanocrystalline metal oxides, to work at room te ... more
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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
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


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FLOATING STEEL
Researchers 3D-print improved marine grade stainless steel
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a new technique for 3D-printing a low-carbon type of marine grade stainless steel called 316L. ... more
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



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
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Desert solar to fuel centuries of air travel
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
Learning from photosynthesis
Tempe AZ (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
The green sulfur bacterium makes its home in the chilly waters of the Black Sea. To eek out its lonely existence, this life form scavenges energy from the feeble sunlight available to it at a depth of over 250 feet. Plants perform the same remarkable trick, gathering radiant energy from the sun and converting it to biological energy essential for growth. This process - perfected over billi ... more
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Recurrent Energy secures debt financing for 20 MW California solar project
Paris (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Butterfly wing inspires photovoltaics that could triple light absorption
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
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Fuel cell X-ray study details effects of temperature and moisture on performance
College Station TX (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Researchers take next step toward fusion energy
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
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 17, 2017
Delhi half-marathon to go ahead despite smog, court rules
Paris (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Interactive map shows air quality in real time across Europe
College Park MD (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Sulfur dioxide emissions plunge across China as India's soars
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Norwegian central bank calls for oil, gas divestment
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
The Norwegian central bank said Thursday it wanted to remove oil stocks from the government pension fund to cut the vulnerability to weak market prices. Norges Bank, the country's central bank, said in a letter to the Norwegian Ministry of Finance it was recommending the removal of oil and gas stocks from the benchmark Government Pension Fund Global, arguing that it would make Norwegian ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
New oil production from Norway cleared ahead of schedule
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Fossil fuel investment spells 'unsustainable future': UN chief
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
High U.S. oil exports the new normal under right conditions
NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024. The instrument, a sophisticated neutron and gamma-ray spectrograph, will help scientists resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet - when and how the small moons formed. The Mars Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is in development by the J ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Fracture swarms on Mars driven by ancient tectonics
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
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
World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Climate envoy slams rejection of Paris deal; WH says US will cut on own terms
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks
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 16, 2017
Navy accepts delivery of USS Ralph Johnson
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
Japan, US stage naval drill amid N. Korea tension
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Japan and the United States launched a joint naval drill Thursday in a show of force aimed at North Korea, whose nuclear ambitions dominated US President Donald Trump's recent Asia trip. The 10-day exercise, joined by some 14,000 US servicemen, aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem, USS Chafee and USS Mustin, among others, "will take place in waters ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Senate panel debates US president's nuclear authority
Seoul (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
North Korean soldier stable, but riddled with parasites
Singapore (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea
IS has lost 95% of its 'caliphate': US-led coalition
Amman (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The Islamic State group has lost 95 percent of the cross-border "caliphate" it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said. "Since our coalition was formed in 2014, ISIS has lost 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria," Washington's envoy to the coalition, Brett McGurk, said late Wednesday after a meeting in Jordan, using an ... more
Cairo (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Algeria minister says region under threat after IS defeats
Cairo (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Egypt confirms death of leading jihadist in air strikes
Moscow (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Russia posts videogame image as 'proof' US helps IS: monitor
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 16, 2017
Navy contracts with Bell Helicopter for two AH-1Z Vipers
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
British-built Hawk training jets to be maintained by BAE
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
NASA Embraces Urban Air Mobility, Calls for Market Study
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Network Innovations Delivers Hurricane Relief Via Satellite
McLean, VA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The recent hurricanes that hit Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico once again spotlighted the frailty of terrestrial communications services. Hurricane-force winds in the Florida Keys and Houston brought trees down on utility lines carrying telephone and Internet service and knocked out cell phone towers, while Hurricane Maria completely destroyed the terrestrial communications infrastructure of Puer ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Dimming Sun's rays to cool planet will affect storms too: study
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya
Miami (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
15,000 scientists say threats to planet now 'far worse'
UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla's Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Cars and speakers: Baidu speeds up AI progress
Orlando FL (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
FORTIS K-SRD exoskeleton could help soldiers cover inclined terrain quickly
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
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