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December 05, 2017
NUKEWARS
Building and delivering a nuclear weapon



Paris (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
After testing a missile that North Korea said was capable of striking the US, Pyongyang claimed it had become a full nuclear power, though analysts remain sceptical. Following are the steps necessary to build and deliver a nuclear weapon: - The raw material: uranium - The key ingredient in a nuclear bomb is enriched uranium - or plutonium, which can be obtained through the combustion of uranium. Uranium is a relatively common mineral, found both in the ground and under the sea. Some ... read more

NUKEWARS
Ambassadors of Western nuclear powers to snub Nobel ceremony
Oslo (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Breaking with tradition, nearly all ambassadors of the world's nuclear powers will not attend this year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which honours efforts to ban atomic weapons, the Nobel Institute said Thursday. ... more
NUKEWARS
Could North Korea's ICBM test open a door to US talks?
Washington (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
North Korea's development of a missile capable of hitting the United States could present an opening for dialogue, some experts argue, if Washington can accept Pyongyang as a nuclear power. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
For Gabon's sickly uranium miners, a long quest for compensation
Mounana, Gabon (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
"We are all sick. It's our health, and we are being conned," Moise Massala says angrily. ... 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
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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. ... 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 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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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
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



Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol
Medford MA (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The direct oxidation of methane - found in natural gas - into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published in the journal Nature by a team led by Tufts University chemical engineers. Methanol is a key feedstock ... more
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Convert methane to hydrogen without forming carbon dioxide at low-cost
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Brazilian ethanol can replace 13 percent of global crude oil consumption
St. Louis MI (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
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Gore Mountain ski resort completes massive solar farm
Albany NY (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and Borrego Solar have announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort's 5.3 megawatt solar array in Washington County, the largest solar installation dedicated to a ski resort in the nation. The project supports Governor Cuomo's goal to have 50 percent of the State's el ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Windows of opportunity: Solar cell with improved transparency
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
NREL develops switchable solar window
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
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
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
Musk's record-breaking battery officially launches in Australia
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
The world's biggest battery was officially launched in Australia on Friday, a day after the Elon Musk-driven project was powered up early to meet demand amid a bout of hot weather, officials said. Musk's Tesla built the Powerpack system, which can provide electricity for more than 30,000 homes, to ease South Australia's energy woes after the state was hit with a total blackout in 2016 follow ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Batteries with better performance and improved safety
Beijing, Russia (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Activity descriptors for electrocatalysts in energy storage applications
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Statoil: Batteries can address wind power variability
Is underground transit worse for your health?
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 90 percent of the 4.5 million workers in the Los Angeles area spend an average of 60 minutes each day commuting on a roadway or railway. When USC researchers from the Viterbi School of Engineering set out to study the environmental benefits of different modes of public transit in LA, they found some unexpected results: certain SoCal public transit rout ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog
Paris (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
UN makes global bid to end 'rampant' pollution
Beirut (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Serious health risks from Lebanon waste burning: report
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Iraq says southern oil exports set a record
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
The Iraqi Oil Ministry said exports from southern ports set a record, but more work was needed to make up for losses from issues in the north of the country. The ministry said the southern port at Basra recently sent out an average of 3.9 million barrels of oil per day, the highest capacity ever reached there. In a statement, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said southern exports wer ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Oil in mid-$60 per barrel range fair, Russian company says
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Texas looks to port overhaul to keep pace with oil and gas exports
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Danish gas field gets new life after fate questioned
EU exempts fuel for ExoMars mission from Russian sanctions
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 04, 2017
The ExoMars 2020 mission is the first joint program between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia's Roscosmos space corporation. "On November 30, 2017, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2017/2214 in order to permit certain operations concerning hydrazine (CAS 302-01-2) in concentrations of 70 % or more, which is included in the Common Military List of the European Union," the Counci ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 04, 2017
Winter wanderings put Opportunity at 28 Miles on the odometer
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists developed a new sensor for future missions to the Moon and Mars
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
Opportunity Greets Winter Solstice
Decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide key to ancient climate transition
Southampton UK (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A decline in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels led to a fundamental shift in the behaviour of the Earth's climate system around one million years ago, according to new research led by the University of Southampton. A team of international scientists used new geochemical measurements, coupled with a model of the 'Earth system', to show that the growth and changing nature of continenta ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Around 50 leaders set for Paris climate summit
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Europe backing climate ambitions with capital
Columbus OH (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas
A transistor of graphene nanoribbons
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Dec 01, 2017
Graphene ribbons that are only a few atoms wide, so-called graphene nanoribbons, have special electrical properties that make them promising candidates for the nanoelectronics of the future: While graphene - a one atom thin, honeycomb-shaped carbon layer - is a conductive material, it can become a semiconductor in the form of nanoribbons. This means that it has a sufficiently large energy ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Fast flowing heat in graphene heterostructures
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
Deducing the properties of a new form of diamond
Daegu, South Korea (SPX) Dec 04, 2017
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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
North Korea's new missile: Pyongyang vs the analysts
Seoul (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
North Korea Thursday released pictures of its latest missile launch, giving analysts a chance to test Pyongyang's claim of a breakthrough that brings the whole of the US within range of a nuclear strike. Leader Kim Jong-Un declared the test of a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) had completed his nation's drive to become a full-fledged nuclear power. But analysts remai ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Wife of US academic held by Iran begs Trump for help
Seoul (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Air crew saw N. Korea missile re-enter atmosphere
Seoul (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
Natural tremor near N. Korea nuclear test site: S. Korea
Half of Yazidis kidnapped by IS still missing
Erbil, Iraq (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Around half of the Yazidis kidnapped by the Islamic State group three years ago are still missing, Iraqi Kurdish officials said Sunday. In 2014, IS jihadists killed thousands of Yazidis in Sinjar and kidnapped thousands of women and girls from the religious minority to abuse them as sex slaves. Kurdish fighters backed by the US-led coalition against IS captured Sinjar from the jihadists ... more
Sarajevo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Bosnia puts jihadist arrested with weapons in detention
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
Two mass graves found in Yazidi district of Iraq
The Hague (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
S. Sudan to join Chemical Weapons Convention: watchdog
Indonesia re-opening Bali airport shut by volcanic ash
Denpasar, Indonesia (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Bali's international airport will re-open Wednesday afternoon after a nearly three-day shutdown, Indonesian airport authorities said, as ash from a rumbling volcano that looms over the island paradise shifted direction. The eagerly awaited decision opens up a window of hope for some of more than 120,000 tourists stranded after a spike in activity at Mount Agung grounded hundreds of flights s ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Nov 29, 2017
Indian aerospace behemoth reveals why Indo-Russia FGFA is highly feasible
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Lockheed awarded $37.7M contract for F-35 software conversions
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
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Beijing bans fireworks, evil spirits rejoice
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
China may have invented fireworks but Beijing banned them from the capital Friday ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, as authorities clamp down on potentially dangerous activities. The new regulation was passed by the local government, state news agency Xinhua said, and comes amid a city-wide campaign that is driving an estimated tens of thousands of migrants from homes that authorities de ... more
Santiago (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Southern Chile iceberg splits from glacier, threatens navigation
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
China, Myanmar hail close ties amid Rohingya outcry
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Identifying optimal adaptation of buildings threatened by hurricanes, climate change
Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research, published in Nature Communications, details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to l ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Cheap origami-inspired muscles are both soft and strong
Washington (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Amazon brings Alexa from the home to the office in a new AI push
East Lansing MI (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Robot learning improves student engagement
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