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For many in Puerto Rico, 'energy dominance' is just a new name for US colonialism.

This 1899 drawing depicts Uncle Sam disciplining his newly acquired pupils/possessions, including Puerto Rico, following the Treaty of Paris. Library of CongressThe Trump administration has made achieving American energy dominance' a central policy goal. President Trump asserts that energy dominance' requires expanding ...

- The Conversation - UK

Nuclear fusion made more stable thanks to a rather simple solution.

Bringing us yet another step closer to harnessed nuclear fusion energy, a team of researchers has found a simple way to make it more stable. The post Nuclear fusion made more stable thanks to a rather simple solution appeared first on Silicon Republic.

- Silicon Republic - US

Taiwan blackouts cast long shadow over leader's plans for nuclear-free future.

Taiwan suffered its worst ever power outage earlier this week, with close to 7 million households in 17 cities and counties being left in the dark for up to five hours. The August 15 incident has not only exposed how vulnerable the government’s current energy policies are, but also prompted public questioning of the ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Delegation from the Philippines Visits the IAEA Office of Legal Affairs to Discuss Nuclear Law Matters.

The IAEA legislative assistance programme plays an important role in assisting Member States to develop and strengthen their national legal frameworks as they seek to benefit from the peaceful applications of nuclear technology in electricity production, medicine, industry, agriculture and in many other areas.

- International Atomic Energy Agency - INT

China pips US in race to start the world's first meltdown-proof nuclear power plant.

At a small peninsula facing the East China Sea in Sanmen county in Zhejiang province sits the world’s most advanced nuclear reactor, and China’s clarion call to the clean energy industry. Some day over the next two weeks, the power plant will start loading more than 100 fuel assemblies into the honeycomb core of ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

A greener grid for East Asia.

Currently 22 percent of South Korea's energy needs, and 14 percent of Taiwan's, are met by nuclear — those ratios are now set to drop ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Poland wants to have 4.5 GW of nuclear capacity by 2040.

According to the Minister of Energy, Krzysztof Tchórzewski, Poland wants to have 4.5 GW nuclear power capacity by 2040. He added that Warsaw should be able to finance the construction itself, but the technology will be purchased in the tender, “the choice of equipment will be such as to guarantee th...

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

Updated computer code improves prediction of particle motion in plasma experiments.

Plainsboro NJ Aug 16, 2017 A computer code used by physicists around the world to analyze and predict tokamak experiments can now approximate the behavior of highly energetic atomic nuclei, or ions, in fusion plasmas more accurately than ever. The new capability, developed by physicist Mario Podesta at the U.S. Department ...

- - US

Commentary: Taiwan faces challenges in energy transition.

Taiwan has set a policy to create a "nuclear-free homeland," aiming to phase out nuclear power generation by 2025, increase renewable energy and decrease coal-fueled power. However, a recent massive power outage has highlighted the challenges Taiwan faces in its energy transition.

- DigiTimes - TW

129I waste used to track ocean currents for 15,000 km after discharge from nuclear plants.

Radioactive 129I has travelled the equivalent of a third of the way round the globe, since being released from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in the UK and France. The iodine's 15,000 km journey begins in the nuclear plants at Sellafield and La Hague and continues via the Arctic Ocean and then southward via the Grand ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Utility drops bid to recoup billions after bailing on plant.

COLUMBIA, S.C. " A utility is suspending its request to recoup billions more from customers for a South Carolina nuclear power project it bailed on last month.South Carolina Electric & Gas on Tuesday voluntarily withdrew its...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Taiwan's president apologises after blackout leaves millions of homes without power

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has publicly apologised for power outages that left more than 6 million households across the island without electricity for several hours on Tuesday. The blackouts came as a combination of unusually hot weather, damage to infrastructure from recent typhoons and a push by Tsai’s ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Nuclear Lab Helps Scientists Peer Into Life of T. Rex Relative

Researchers at a top U.S. laboratory announced Tuesday that they have produced the highest resolution scan ever done of the inner workings of a fossilized tyrannosaur skull using neutron beams and high-energy X-rays, resulting in new clues that could help paleontologists piece together the evolutionary puzzle of the ...

- Voice of America - US

Russian Rocket Engines May Have Fueled North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions

North Korea's missile capabilities have grown tremendously in recent years. Analysis of their rocket designs suggests they may be using engines sourced from either a Russian or Ukrainian company, likely smuggled into the country. The post Russian Rocket Engines May Have Fueled North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions appeared first ...

- ExtremeTech - US

Atomically thin layers bring spintronics closer to applications

Scientists have created a graphene-based device, in which electron spins can be injected and detected with unprecedented efficiency. The result is a hundredfold increase of the spin signal, big enough to be used in real life applications, such as new spin transistors and spin-based logic.

- ScienceDaily - US

Bulgaria to Launch Tender to Sell Belene Nuclear Project Next Year

 Bulgaria plans to launch a tender to sell its abandoned 2,000 megawatt nuclear power project Belene in early 2018, Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova said on Tuesday, quoted by REUTERS.  The previous government cancelled the Belene project in 2012 after failing to find foreign investors and under pressure from Brussels ...

- Novinite - BG

A brief history of hand drills

Hand powered drilling tools and machines is a fascinating jaunt through the history of drills, from the dawn of man until the age of electricity. Oddly, it omits Push Drills, which are by far the best type of hand drill for small projects in wood and other soft material. Check it out: If ...

- Boing Boing - US

Moniz: Nuclear Power's Woes Imperil US National Security

The decline of the U.S. nuclear-power industry puts America's security at risk, according to a report being released Tuesday by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz that calls for greater federal investment....

- Newsmax - US

Bulgarian Minister of Energy: 'Energy Sector Needed Sustainability and Predictability'

''The main priorities of the Bulgarian energy sector are currently guaranteeing energy security, liberalizing the gas and energy markets, extending the life of Units 5 and 6 of Kozloduy NPP and finding a solution for the project for a second nuclear power plant in Belene.'' This is what Bulgarian Minister of Energy ...

- Novinite - BG

China's energy exports to North Korea plummet – but it's not because of sanctions

China’s energy exports to North Korea – including electricity and oil and gas products – have fallen sharply. Experts said the drop may partly be due to Pyongyang becoming more self-sufficient in producing energy rather than the impact of sanctions to rein in its nuclear weapons programme. Chinese customs ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Sierra Club Sues DOE For Sources Used In Electric Grid Study

The U.S. Energy Department's newly commissioned study on the national electric grid hit a new legal road block this week when a green group filed a lawsuit against the agency to reveal the third parties consulted on the study, according to a new report by Reuters. Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered the 60-day study back in ...

- - US

Lights Out for South Korea's Nuclear Export Ambitions

President Moon's decision to phase out nuclear energy will undercut South Korea's role in the global industry.

- The Diplomat - US

Exploring strategies to decarbonize electricity

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and the way we generate and use electricity now is a major contributor to that issue. To solve it, we need to find a way to eliminate the carbon emissions associated with our electricity as quickly and as cheaply as possible.Many analysts have come up with a ...

- The Official Google Blog - US

Friends of the Earth and Sierra Club File Formal Intervention with SC Public Service Commission Concerning SCE&G's Abandonment Plan' for Canceled Nuclear Reactor Construction Project

Friends of the EarthIn an effort to protect ratepayers and advocate for alternative energy, Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club today filed a formal intervention against a proposal from South Carolina Electric and Gas to abandon its troubled nuclear construction project and charge ratepayers $2.2 billion over the ...

- Common Dreams - US