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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

The Editorial Board of the Washington Post reported that Energy Secretary Rick Perry traveled to Capitol Hill last month, asking Congress for $28 billion in funding for everything from nuclear weapons to clean-coal research. Yet one of the most controversial elements in his department budget proposal was a request for a relatively tiny $120 million, to restart work on Nevada Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site.

Congress decided in the 1980s that Yucca was to be the permanent home of the U.S. large and increasing store of spent nuclear fuel. In a forbidding desert landscape abo... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Batkins, et al., report that nuclear power is among the safest, but also the most regulated forms of energy in the world. As measured by harmful emissions, workplace injuries or fatalities on the job, nuclear has a sterling safety record, but the regulation imposed on the industry generates incredible costs and deters new reactor construction from producing zero-carbon energy.

Based on a review of publicly available 10-Ks, the American Action Forum (AAF) found $15.7 billion in regulatory liabilities for the industry, or $219 million per plant. These were largely related to long-term... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Bloomberg Editorial Board opines that if market forces are allowed to shut down nuclear power plants in the U.S., the climate and public health will suffer. The bankruptcy of Westinghouse Electric Co. is yet more evidence, if anyone needed any, that the economics of nuclear power are not good with cheap natural gas, a fossil fuel.

Unlike coal, however, nuclear energy is a crucial tool in the fight against climate change. So the public subsidies that benefit the nuclear industry in the U.S. are justified, whereas efforts to prop up the coal industry are not.

And states ar... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Jim Polson, a natural gas supporter, opines that a decade ago, nuclear power plants in the U.S. were cash cows. Now more than half of them are bleeding cash, knocked from profitability by the shale-gas glut that has tanked electricity prices. Five nuclear plants were closed prematurely in the past five years, and more are on the chopping block. The industry used to look down on the subsidies needed by its clean-energy rivals, wind and solar power.

Now some states are offering subsidies to nuclear plants similar to the ones that wind and solar generators, whose costs have plunged, a... More →
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Index / Astrogeology, Asteroids, Robots, Extraterrestrials

Mike Wall reported that on May 12, the 1,000-foot-wide (305 meters) Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico detected some very peculiar signals apparently emanating from Ross 128, a red dwarf star that lies just 11 light-years from Earth.

The signals consisted of broadband quasi-periodic non-polarized pulses with very strong dispersion-like features, Abel Mendez, director of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico, wrote in a statement late last week.

They believe that the signals are not local radio frequency interferences (RFI) since they ... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

Arend Hintze opines that as an artificial intelligence researcher, he often comes across the idea that many people are afraid of what AI might bring. It is perhaps unsurprising, given both history and the entertainment industry, that we might be afraid of a cybernetic takeover that forces us to live locked away, Matrix-like, as some sort of human battery.

And yet it is difficult for him to look up from the evolutionary computer models he uses to develop AI, to think about how the innocent virtual creatures on his screen might become the monsters of the future. Might he become the de... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

The identification and utilization of space resources is fast becoming a reality, driven by a revolution in space technology, accelerating exploration of outer space and the eventual scarcity of certain resources on Earth. Building on its long history at the forefront of the commercial satellite communications industry, Luxembourg aims to play a leading role in the exploration and utilization of these resources.

Its goal is to ensure that space resources explored under its jurisdiction serve a peaceful purpose, are gathered and used in a sustainable manner compatible with internatio... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that the French environment and energy minister, Nicolas Hulot, announced that the country would keep the previous President to promise to reduce the amount of nuclear energy from 75% to 50% of the French electricity generation, and replace it with wind and solar energy as part of a plan to fight global warming. But earlier in May, candidate Macron said he would delay this nuclear phaseout.

The plan to phase out nuclear plants actually predates Macron, stemming from a political pact made by former French President, FranÃÂÂ&... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Eric Berger reports that after several years of secrecy, a company called Moon Express revealed the scope of its ambitions on Wednesday. And they are considerable. The privately held company released plans for a single, modular spacecraft that can be combined to form successfully larger and more capable vehicles. Ultimately the company plans to establish a lunar outpost in 2020 and set up commercial operations on the Moon.

Perhaps most intriguingly, Moon Express says it is self-funded to begin bringing kilograms of lunar rocks back to Earth within about three years. We absolutely in... More →
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Index / Wind Energy / Installation Technology

Cecilia Jamasmie reports that Billionaire Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, has partnered with French energy utility Neoen to build the world largest lithium ion battery to store renewable energy in South Australia.

The mega-project consists of a 129 megawatt hours battery, paired with a wind farm, which aims to improve the security of electricity supply across South Australia. The state has been affected lately by several outages amid heat waves and storms. The worst, an eight-hour blackout last year, crippled industry for up to two weeks and triggered public outrage. The state prem... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Gold-Silver Exploration and Mining Projects

Lintern, et al., report that Eucalyptus trees may withdraw Au from mineral deposits and support the use of vegetation (biogeochemical) sampling in mineral exploration, particularly where thick sediments dominate. However, biogeochemistry has not been routinely adopted partly because biotic mechanisms of Au migration are poorly understood. For example, although Au has been previously measured in plant samples, there has been doubt as to whether it was truly absorbed rather than merely adsorbed on the plant surface as aeolian contamination. Here we show the first evidence of particulate Au withi... More →
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Index / Geothermal Energy / Development Technology

DOE announced up to $4 million in funding for six geothermal Deep Direct-Use (DDU) research projects to conduct feasibility studies of large scale, low-temperature deep-well geothermal systems and cascaded surface technologies. These projects will extend the reach of geothermal energy into previously untapped regions of the country ... the Appalachian Basin, the Illinois Basin, the Wassuk Range, the Columbia River Basalt Group, the Walker Lake Valley, and the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

DDU is an emerging technology that has been underutilized in the U.S., and if feasible, could del... More →
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Index / Solar Energy / Related Environmental Issues / Training Programs (Professional & Health & Safety)

From planning to construction, it requires many roles to take a house from blueprint to reality. One of the key features of the U.S. DoE Solar Decathlon is the realistic experience it provides to participating students. The Solar Decathlon is a uniquely large-scale university design-build competition, offering theory-to-practice opportunities for student teams and a fascinating learning experience for those visiting this free event in Denver, Colorado. Ten contests evaluate various aspects of energy-efficient, solar-powered houses, which teams have spent nearly two years designing, refining, a... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Mike Wall reports that The quest to win a $30 million race to the moon is just the first part of Moon Express grand plan. The Florida-based company is developing an entire family of spacecraft designed to help usher in a new age of low-cost space exploration, from the moon to Mars and beyond, Moon Express representatives revealed today.

As its name suggests, Moon Express vision starts with Earth nearest neighbor. The company is one of five teams left in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, which will award $20 million to the first privately funded group to soft-land a robot on the... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

Darrell Proctor reports that U.S. officials said Russian government hackers have broken into systems at U.S. nuclear power plants and also have made cyber intrusions into the business systems of other energy companies, according to several reports over the past week. Cybersecurity experts say the threats against U.S. facilities are real and likely to continue, as power plant operators work to make their plants more secure against such attacks.

In the U.S. there are regulations in place say that critical assets have to be protected against cyberattack. Those systems have to be isolat... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Mineral Exploration Activities - General

Don Hofstrand and Mary Holz-Clause opine that as the name implies, a feasibility study is an analysis of the viability of an idea. The feasibility study focuses on helping answer the essential question of should we proceed with the proposed project idea? All activities of the study are directed toward helping answer this question.

Feasibility studies can be used in many ways but primarily focus on proposed business ventures. Farmers and others with a business idea should conduct a feasibility study to determine the viability of their idea before proceeding with the development of a<... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Mineral Exploration Activities - General

Siv Padhy opines that prefeasibility and feasibility studies are inherently linked to each other ... understanding their differences creates a clearer idea of what they mean and how they are used. The key point to understand is that these studies represent milestones for mining and exploration companies.

Prefeasibility studies are an early stage analysis of a potential mining project. They are conducted by a small team and designed to give company stakeholders the basic information they need to green light a project or choose between potential investments. Prefeasibility studies typ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Melissa Shaw reports that as of July 3, the U3O8 spot price was at $20.35 per pound, up from $19.85 on June 20 and $19.25 on June 14. Despite that modest uptick, analysts believe the price will not improve much more until 2018. While additional reactors continue to be built in countries like China and India, the effects of the 2011 Fukushima shutdown of their reactors are still being felt although they are slated to be back on line in the next year or so.

Utilities companies have not yet secured new supply contracts for uranium, and threats to supply like Kazakhstan decision to cu... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

In a report accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, the Senate Armed Services Committee, strongly encourages the Department to make use of existing authorities, to enter into commitments to purchase strategic and critical materials, from U.S. domestic producers that the Department believes are likely to initiate commercial production of such materials within the next five years.

Significantly, the Committee has additionally provided $39.6 million in funding for the Army Research Laboratory for materials technology research, including $10 million d... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Welcome to the July 2017 Newsletter. Here you will find current technical content from our engineers and new opportunities to get involved. Most importantly this is a reminder to register for the annual Space Elevator Conference this August in Seattle! If you wish to submit a paper, the July 10th deadline for abstracts is fast approaching. The three-day programs included technical lectures, group brainstorming sessions, a Family Science Fest and full access to the Seattle Museum of Flight where the conference is held.

In this edition you will find further updates from Vern Hall and ... More →
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This concept animation illustrates the robotic segment of NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission. The Asteroid Redirect Vehicle, powered by solar electric propulsion, travels to a large asteroid to robotically collect a boulder from its surface. It then conducts a gravity tractor planetary defense demonstration on the asteroid before bringing the captured boulder to a stable orbit around the moon where astronauts can visit, explore, and sample it.

It has begun ...
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Mike Wall reports that China has launched its second-ever space lab, a key part of the national plan to have a permanently staffed space station up and running by the early 2020s. The uncrewed Tiangong-2 spacecraft lifted off today from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, riding a Long March-2F T2 rocket to orbit.

If all goes according to plan, the 9.5-ton (8.6 metric tons) Tiangong-2, whose name translates as Heavenly Palace in Mandarin, will soon settle into an orbit about 236 miles above Earth and perform a series of initial tests and checkouts, according to China... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Streamed live on Sep 27, 2016, SpaceX Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer Elon Musk discusses the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. The technical presentation focuses on potential architectures for sustaining humans on the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Charles McConnell, Executive Director of Rice University Energy and Environment Initiative, opines that some disasters arise unexpectedly, like an earthquake or massive storm. Others seem inevitable. Who did not see the 2008 financial crisis coming? In hindsight, most of us.

In reality, most crises that seem inevitable after the fact often catch nearly all of us by surprise when they occur. The factors were obvious enough, but few people saw them coming together. There is a potential crisis that will seem predictable, after the fact. It is better to take thoughtful consideration and... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

David Jacobson and Ross Stein report that a new study on the California earthquake hazard model will be published soon, which shows, through computer simulations, that in the week following a M=7.0 earthquake, the likelihood of another M=7.0 quake is up to 300 times greater than the week beforehand. This dramatic jump in likelihood is due to the inclusion of the short-term probabilities associated with aftershock sequences, a factor never before used in statewide comprehensive model like this one.

The California earthquake hazard model, the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Fore... More →
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