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November 20, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Embattled Toshiba to boost capital by $5.3 bn share issuance



Tokyo (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba said Sunday it plans to raise $5.3 billion by issuing new shares, a move aimed at avoiding a humiliating delisting from the Tokyo bouse. A board meeting on Sunday decided on the move, it said. Toshiba will issue 2.28 billion new shares to raise a total of 600 billion yen ($5.3 billion), with financing expected to close on December 5. The new shares will be allotted to 60 overseas investment funds. Each will be priced at 262.8 yen, a 10 percent discount ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis is presented for the first time in the journal Nucl ... more
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. ... 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
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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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
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


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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
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



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
London (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Coffee set to power London buses in green initiative
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
Recurrent Energy secures debt financing for 20 MW California solar project
Guelph, Canada (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Recurrent Energy a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. has closed on a combined construction loan and construction letter of credit facility for the 20 MWac/28 MWp Gaskell West 1 solar power project. KeyBank N.A. provided the construction loan and construction letter of credit facility for the project, while KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. acted as lead arranger for the deal. This ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Butterfly wing inspires photovoltaics that could triple light absorption
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Ionic 'solar cell' could provide on-demand water desalination
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Pine and poplar wood improve sunlight-driven water purification
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
Fuel cell X-ray study details effects of temperature and moisture on performance
Berkeley CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Like a well-tended greenhouse garden, a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell - which shows promise as a clean, renewable next-generation power source for vehicles and other uses - requires precise temperature and moisture controls to be at its best. If the internal conditions are too dry or too wet, the fuel cell won't function well. But seeing inside a working fuel cell at the tiny scal ... more
College Station TX (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Researchers take next step toward fusion energy
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Study helps make microgrids a more reliable power source
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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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 20, 2017
Oil prices snap out of slump on OPEC rhetoric
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
Pipeline leak raises questions over fate of Keystone XL
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
U.S. wants input on Alaskan oil production proposal
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
Dallas TX (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Study settles prehistoric climate puzzle
Bonn (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump
Bonn (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
Keeping it real: UN climate talks struggle to stay relevant
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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Satellite signals offer hope in hunt for missing Argentine sub
Buenos Aires (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Hopes of finding survivors from a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members aboard have been revived after the navy said it had detected what could be distress calls. There has been no contact with the ARA San Juan since early Wednesday, prompting Buenos Aires to launch an air and sea search with help from countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile, Uruguay and the United States. ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
Navy accepts delivery of USS Ralph Johnson
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
US warship sustains minor damage after tug drifts off Japan
Buenos Aires (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Satellite signals bring hope to Argentina's search for missing sub
Chinese, N.Korean envoys discuss regional concerns: state media
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
A senior Chinese envoy discussed regional concerns with officials in Pyongyang on Saturday, North Korean state media said, as the US presses China to help ease the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons. The visit by Song Tao, described by Pyongyang as a special envoy of President Xi Jinping, is the first by a senior Chinese envoy for more than a year. Relations are severely stressed ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Japan, US stage naval drill amid N. Korea tension
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 16, 2017
Egypt confirms death of leading jihadist in air strikes
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
Nature's Silent Sentinels Could Help Detect Security Threats
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 18, 2017
IS not dead yet but 'caliphate' dream in tatters
GEA awarded $143.4M for CH-53K helicopter engines
Washington (UPI) Nov 17, 2017
General Electric Aviation has been awarded a contract worth more than $143.4 million for the procurement of 22 low-rate initial production Lot 1 and 2 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines for the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter. The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is under a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, meaning that the $143.4 million is the maximum a ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 17, 2017
Boeing to upgrade B-52 bombers for U.S. Air Force
Washington (UPI) Nov 17, 2017
Rockwell Collins awarded $12.7M for E-6B Mercury aircraft upgrades
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
Bell-Boeing to provide V-22 support to Japan
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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
Beijing (AFP) Nov 19, 2017
Deadly Beijing fire prompts investigation and demolitions
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya
Calls mount for action on 'killer robots' after UN talks
Geneva (AFP) Nov 17, 2017
"Robots are not taking over the world", the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured Friday, seeking to ease criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots". The United Nations was wrapping up an initial five days of discussions on weapons systems that can identify and destroy targets without human control, which experts s ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Cars and speakers: Baidu speeds up AI progress
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Orlando FL (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
FORTIS K-SRD exoskeleton could help soldiers cover inclined terrain quickly
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