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New method enables real-time monitoring of materials during irradiation

A new advance on a method developed by MIT researchers could enable continuous, high-precision monitoring of materials exposed to a high-radiation environment. The method may allow these materials to remain in place much longer, eliminating the need for preventive replacement. It could also speed up the search for new, improved materials for these harsh environments. The new findings appear in the journal Applied Physics Letters, in a paper by graduate student Cody Dennett and assistant professor of nuclear …

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New scaling law predicts how wheels drive over sand

When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside a wind tunnel. In this more manageable setting, they can study the flow of air around an aircraft under all manner of experimental conditions. Scientists can then apply scaling laws — mathematical relationships of proportionality — to extrapolate how a full-size jet would perform, based on the behavior of its miniature counterpart. Now engineers …

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Trump Isolationism Leads Germany To Say Europe Can’t Rely On USA Any Longer — Implications For Global Warming

Donald Trump brought his act to Europe last week. The reviews from leaders on the Old Continent were decidedly downbeat. Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, remarked after the close of last weekend's G7 meeting, Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” (See video below.) It was a clear sign that the special relationship that has existed between the United States and the rest of the world since the end of World War II is beginning to break apart. What will that mean for the world's efforts to find effective …

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Norwegian Billionaire Funding Largest Ocean Research Vessel Ever

Kjell Inge Røkke, a wealthy Norwegian businessman, is partnering with the World Wildlife Foundation to build a Research Expedition Vessel that will conduct ocean research. When completed in 2020, it will be the world's largest superyacht. Norwegian Billionaire Funding Largest Ocean Research Vessel Ever was originally published on

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Chinese Company Offers Free Wind Power Training For Coal Miners In Wyoming

Goldwind Americas, a division of China's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, will offer free training in the wind power industry to unemployed coal miners in Wyoming, which is far more than the state government is doing. Chinese Company Offers Free Wind Power Training For Coal Miners In Wyoming was originally published on

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Energy Dept. Is Super Excited Over Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Turbine

US Energy Dept. trolls Trump yet against with news of a "game changing" high efficiency turbine for concentrating solar power plants Energy Dept. Is Super Excited Over Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Turbine was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: …

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#ThanksTrump! Another Dagger in the Heart of Coal Country, USA

US President Donald Trump talks big on coal but his Administration plays up natural gas, wind and solar behind the scenes #ThanksTrump! Another Dagger in the Heart of Coal Country, USA was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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Tesla Model 3 vs Model S … China Floating Solar … Der Spiegel Slams Trump (Top 20 CleanTechnica Posts of the Week)

The top 20 CleanTechnica posts of the past week (in terms of pageviews) Tesla Model 3 vs Model S … China Floating Solar … Der Spiegel Slams Trump (Top 20 CleanTechnica Posts of the Week) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over …

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Tesla solar roofs can now be preordered; CA installations start in June

Elon Musk, habitually behind schedule, announced on May 10 that anyone can now preorder a Tesla Solar Roof—a roof made of shingles with built-in solar cells. Musk had previously said preorders would open in April, and promised the product would cost less than a conventional roof if you factor in the energy savings. DON'T MISS: Tesla debuts...

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A Strategy for Nuclear Communications: Listen

Not a day goes by when we don't read something about the public acceptance problem in the nuclear industry. A recent article preaching the end of the nuclear era had a pretty strong statement that sums up like this – “Nuclear looks ever more like a 20th-century dinosaur, unloved by investors, the public, and policymakers […] The post A Strategy for Nuclear Communications: Listen appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Corporate Green Goals Playing A Key Role In Pushing Utilities Toward Renewables

The Trump administration's budget proposal for the coming year threatens to do exactly what the president promised as a candidate: eviscerate federal funding for climate change programs. The Energy Department's highly successful renewable energy office would be particularly hard hit, with the administration's proposal calling for a roughly 70 percent cut in funding—from just over […] The post Corporate Green Goals Playing A Key Role In Pushing Utilities Toward Renewables appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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Biopower, Part 3: What Does the Future Hold?

The future of bioenergy is uncertain. The many constraints it faces suggest it could see very little growth. But the huge challenge of solving climate change makes some think it could be the savior of the planet in the long run. This is part 3 of a three-part series that first appeared on the Energy […] The post Biopower, Part 3: What Does the Future Hold? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Paris Agreement: Better With the U.S. In

It is understandably agonizing for other countries to contemplate in any way condoning the idea of the United States weakening its climate commitment under the Paris Agreement. At the G7 summit later this week, other leaders are hoping President Donald Trump will heed the rising calls to keep the U.S in Paris. But they worry: […] The post Paris Agreement: Better With the U.S. In appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article