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November 28, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania



Ostrovets, Belarus (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster spewed radioactive clouds into the sky and sent shockwaves across Europe, Belarus is building a nuclear reactor on the doorstep of the EU despite fears in neighbouring Lithuania. Construction of the facility, located in the northwestern Belarusian town of Ostrovets only around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Lithuanian border, is entering its final stages. Its two reactors, each with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts, will be operational from 2019 and 2020 ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Russia opens commission into 'nuclear incident' report
Moscow (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
A Russian scientific commission will investigate reports of radioactive pollution almost 1,000 times above normal levels in the southern Urals, state nuclear company Rosatom said Friday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of radioactive pollution
Moscow (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Russia's meteorological service confirmed on Monday "extremely high" concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in several parts of the country in late September, confirming European reports about the contamination this month. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
UK made grave errors over Hinkley nuclear project: MPs
London (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Britain made "grave strategic errors" in its handling of the Franco-Chinese Hinkley Point nuclear project, a critical parliamentary report concluded Wednesday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's Areva
Geneva (AFP) Nov 20, 2017
Tubes supplied by French nuclear energy giant Areva to a plant in northern Switzerland are defective and will be replaced, Swiss nuclear safety inspectors and the company said Monday. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
Lightbridge and AREVA NP Sign Agreements to Immediately Advance Fuel Development
Charlotte NC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Lightbridge Corporation and AREVA NP signed three binding agreements that allow the companies to immediately advance development of Lightbridge's innovative metallic fuel technology and protect all ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Russia denies nuclear incident after contamination reports
Moscow (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Russia on Tuesday denied there had been an incident at any of its nuclear facilities after the country's weather service reported radioactive pollution that exceeded background levels by 986 times. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Homes should not be abandoned after a big nuclear accident
Bristol UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
New research suggests that few people, if any, should be asked to leave their homes after a big nuclear accident, which is what happened in March 2011 following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaste ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Russia denies nuclear accident after radioactive pollution
Moscow (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Russia on Tuesday denied its nuclear facilities experienced any incidents after reports of contamination by the ruthenium 106 radioactive isotope in parts of the country, and said the concentration detected posed little threat. ... 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
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. ... more


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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
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



The water world of ancient photosynthetic organisms
St. Louis MI (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have traced the paths of three water channels in an ancient photosynthetic organism to provide the first comprehensive, experimental study of how that organism uses and regulates water to create energy. Photosynthesis is the chemical conversion of sunlight into chemical energy via an electron transport chain essential to nearly all life on ... more
Onna, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Cleaning Okinawan pig farm wastewater with microbial fuel cells
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Convert methane to hydrogen without forming carbon dioxide at low-cost
Surrey UK (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Surrey develops new 'supercatalyst' to recycle carbon dioxide and methane
Burkina Faso launches Sahel region's largest solar power plant
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
West Africa's biggest solar power plant goes onstream on Wednesday as Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries, inaugurates a novel scheme to boost renewables and cut energy dependence on its neighbours. The 55-hectare (135-acre) plant at Zagtouli on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou will be able to churn out 33 megawatts - enough to power tens of thousands of homes. Pr ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Improving solar cells by watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Artificial photosynthesis gets big boost from new catalyst
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Glass microparticles enhance solar cells efficiency
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said Wednesday its Dudgeon wind farm off the British coast is now feeding the grid from its 67 wind turbines. The Dudgeon wind farm is about 25 miles off the coast of Norfolk. Its turbines, with a combined capacity of 402 megawatts, can meet the energy demands of around 410,000 average households at its peak. The Norwegian company, one of the main energy ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
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
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
Reusing waste energy with 2-D electron gas
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Novel approach utilizes high mobility two-dimensional electron gas, boosting thermoelectric conversion efficiency. More than 60% of the energy produced by fossil fuels is lost as heat. Thermoelectric energy conversion has attracted much attention as a way to convert waste heat from power plants, factories and cars into electricity. However, currently available technologies need improvement ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
New computational method provides optimized design of wind up toys
Julich, Germany (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Renaissance of the iron-air battery
Sydney (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Musk beats deadline for building world's biggest battery
Global light pollution increasing at a rate of two percent per year
Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 23, 2017
Five years of advanced satellite images show that there is more artificial light at night across the globe, and that light at night is getting brighter. The rate of growth is approximately two percent each year in both the amount of areas lit and the radiance of the light. An international team of scientists on Wednesday reported the results of a landmark study of global light pollution an ... more
Hanoi (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Vietnam jails activist for 7 years over toxic leak protests
Omoa, Honduras (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem
Tabarja, Lebanon (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Clean-up dives, recycling: Lebanese respond to garbage crisis
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Half of hydraulically fractured wells within 3km of domestic groundwater systems
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
How safe is the water you drink? For the 45 million Americans who get their drinking water from private groundwater wells rather than a public utility, the answer is decidedly murky. The Environmental Protection Agency regulations that protect public drinking water systems don't apply to privately owned wells, leaving owners responsible for ensuring their water is safe from contaminants. I ... more
London UK (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Carbon capture is helped by oil revenue, but it may not be enough
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
OPEC spoiler alert sends oil prices lower Monday
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Iraq invites foreign bids to develop oil and gas fields
Earthworms can reproduce in Mars-like soil
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
A pair of newborn earthworms in a Dutch lab suggests earthworms can reproduce in Martian soil. Researchers at Wageningen University introduced earthworms to pots of Mars-like soil featuring arugula plants and organic matter. Early results suggest the earthworms were able to successfully reproduce. If humans are to establish permanent colonies on Mars, they'll need to grow their o ... more
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2017
Gadgets for Mars
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Ice shapes the landslide landscape on Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 20, 2017
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Moroccans pray for rain as 'mercy from God'
Sale, Morocco (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
"We beg for God's mercy," said 10-year-old Hassan, wearing a long white tunic, as Moroccans across the parched country on Friday held prayers for rain under a royal decree. The faithful gathered in Sale, opposite the capital Rabat, to take part in the ancient tradition. "People pray to call for God's mercy and pardon. The Prophet (Mohammed) and his companions would pray for rain every ti ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
Canada to explore trade, climate change fight, with China
Madrid (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
Climate change encouraged 19th century migration to America
Graphene oxide making any material suitable to create biosensors
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
TPU scientist Raul Rodrigez and his colleagues from Lithuania and Germany were the first in the world to suggest how with the help of graphene oxide, in fact ordinary graphene as in pencils, but oxidized to make the surface of any material suitable for immobilization of living cells. Devices with such coatings will make it possible to detect and study individual living cells, including dan ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
New graphene filter turns whiskey clear
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
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'Explosion' dashes last hopes for missing Argentine sub with 44 aboard
Mar Del Plata, Argentina (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
Argentina's navy confirmed Thursday that an unusual noise heard in the Atlantic near the last known position of a missing submarine appeared to be an explosion, dashing the last hopes of finding the vessel's 44 crew members alive. Relatives of the missing sailors reacted with grief and anger to the news after holding out hope since the sub was reported overdue at its Mar del Plata base on N ... more
Mar Del Plata, Argentina (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Argentina says abnormal noise heard after sub's last contact as hopes fade
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Huntington Ingalls launches 8th National Security Cutter for Coast Guard
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
BAE contracted for fitting-out, post-shakedown efforts for Portland, Murtha LPDs
Flurry of activity hints at North Korea missile test
Seoul (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Signs of unusual activity have been detected in North Korea, the South's unification minister said Tuesday, following reports that Pyongyang may be preparing for a ballistic missile test. The North has stoked international alarm over its banned nuclear missile programme, but it has not staged a missile test since September 15, raising hopes that ramped-up sanctions are having an impact. ... more
Seoul (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
US send F-22 jets to SKorea in show of force; China bridge close temporarily
Seoul (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
N. Korea calls US terror listing a 'serious provocation'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
China slams 'wrong' US sanctions on N. Korea-tied traders
US coalition conduct 11 strikes on ISIS over Thanksgiving weekend
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
Pentagon officials said Monday that U.S. and coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes on the so-called Islamic State, which consisted of 36 engagements, over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Department of Defense reports that the most recent strikes took place on Nov. 24 and 25, and the results of the strikes are based on initial reports. Pentagon officials also reported previ ... more
Cairo (AFP) Nov 25, 2017
Egypt mourns 235 victims of Sinai mosque attack
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Saudi vows new Islamic alliance 'will wipe terrorists from the earth'
Brussels (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
NATO welcomes Mladic war crimes verdict
Sky-high Wi-Fi ready to fly
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
Airline passengers will be able to surf the internet in the air almost as fast as they do on the ground, as China Unicom, China's second-largest telecom carrier by subscribers, prepares to demonstrate its in-flight Wi-Fi service next month. The move came shortly after local airlines were allowed to decide for themselves whether passengers could use personal electronic devices during flight ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
Massive search expands for US sailors after Philippine Sea air crash
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash
Beijing (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Jumbo sale: two 747 jets auctioned on Chinese online platform
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Libya navy says over 30 migrants dead, 200 rescued off coast
Tripoli (AFP) Nov 25, 2017
More than 30 migrants died and 200 were rescued on Saturday after their boats foundered off Libya's western coast, the Libyan navy said. The coastguard conducted two rescue operations off the city of Garabulli, 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Tripoli, spokesman Colonel Abu Ajila Abdelbarri said. He added that patrols had found 31 bodies and 60 survivors from one boat, while all 140 pass ... more
Seoul (AFP) Nov 23, 2017
South Korea quiet for quake-delayed college entrance exam
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
Army contracts for temporary electricity for Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Athens (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
Aid groups urge Greece to improve refugee camps before winter
Facebook trains artificial intelligence to spot suicidal signs
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Facebook on Monday said stepping up the use of artificial intelligence to identify members of the leading social network who may be thinking of suicide. Software will look for clues in posts or even in videos being streamed at Facebook Live, then fire off reports to human reviewers and speed up alerts to responders trained to help, according to the social network. "This approach uses pat ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Cheap origami-inspired muscles are both soft and strong
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
New technology makes artificial intelligence more private and portable
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