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Nuke Proliferation in East Asia Affects International Security - IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

Nuke Proliferation in East Asia Affects International Security - IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it
Nuke Proliferation in East Asia Affects International Security IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters Indeed, Japan's non-nuclear posture is often perceived to be rooted in strong national consensus based on emotional reactions to the 1945...
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Europe is Building the Most Powerful Laser to Zap Nuclear Waste

Europe is Building the Most Powerful Laser to Zap Nuclear Waste | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it

The European Union will spend about 700 million euros ($900 million) to build the world’s most powerful lasers, technology that could destroy nuclear waste and provide new cancer treatments. The Extreme Light Infrastructure project has obtained funding for two lasers to be built in the Czech Republic and Romania, Shirin Wheeler, spokeswoman for the European Commission on regional policy, said in a phone interview. A third research center will be in Hungary.

 

The lasers are 10 times more powerful than any yet built and will be strong enough to create subatomic particles in a vacuum, similar to conditions that may have followed the start of the universe. Eventually, the power of the light beams could be used to deteriorate the radioactivity of nuclear waste in just a few seconds and target cancerous tumors, the projects’s Romanian coordinator Nicolae-Victor Zamfir said in an interview. The Magurele research center, where the Romanian laser will be located, will consume about 10 megawatts of energy, enough to supply about 2,500 average U.S. households. Most of it will come from geothermal pumps installed at the site, where the laser is expected to become operational in 2017.


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Honda Robot technology helps with nuclear clean up - AutoExpress

Honda Robot technology helps with nuclear clean up - AutoExpress | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it
AutoExpress Honda Robot technology helps with nuclear clean up AutoExpress Speaking at the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) pre-show evening, Honda chairman, Fumihiko Ike, gave an update on how Honda had been using its expertise...

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Pakistan's nuclear weapons program - a rising threat

Pakistan, April 18: Ignoring the existing economic and security challenges, Pakistan continues to expand its nuclear arsenal. The country with 90-100 odd nuc...
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Pragmatism, Nuclear Weapons and Myth

Ward Wilson, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) Senior Fellow, Princeton-based nuclear weapons policy analyst and award-winning writer, g...
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Living with the Atom - nuclear weapons history

Description: "Living With The Atom" is a 1957 film by the Moody Institute of Science's Educational Film Division. This short film is in the public domain and...
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WORLDS MOST POWERFUL NUCLEAR MISSILE ever built Russian SS-18 Satan can carry 10 Nuclear Bombs

The R-36, (Russian: Р-36) is a family of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and space launch vehicles designed by the Soviet Union during the Cold W...
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Iraq WMD Redux: takfiri terrorists seize chemicals at Muthanna and uranium at ... - Tehran Times

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After 'trying time' with discovery of broken bolts, Salem 2 nuclear returns to ... - The Star-Ledger

After 'trying time' with discovery of broken bolts, Salem 2 nuclear returns to ... - The Star-Ledger | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it
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2,000 bombs a year? Japan’s plan to reopen nuclear reprocessing plant stirs concern

2,000 bombs a year? Japan’s plan to reopen nuclear reprocessing plant stirs concern | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it
Reactivating a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant could provide Japan with enough plutonium to produce up to 2,000 atomic bombs a year, a US expert has warned. The “reckless” move could destabilize the region, as Japan’s neighbors rush to compete.
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Atomic Man Gets Closure at Nuclear Weapons Site - Forbes

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For the first time since a dramatic explosion 38 years ago, workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State will soon re-enter the McCluskey Room.
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UR laser lab gets funding boost in House bill - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

UR laser lab gets funding boost in House bill - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it
UR laser lab gets funding boost in House bill Rochester Democrat and Chronicle "The work that is being done at the laser lab moves us closer to energy independence, enhances our national security, and supports over 1,000 jobs both at the laser lab...
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2,000 bombs a year? Japan’s plan to reopen nuclear reprocessing plant stirs concern

2,000 bombs a year? Japan’s plan to reopen nuclear reprocessing plant stirs concern | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it
Reactivating a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant could provide Japan with enough plutonium to produce up to 2,000 atomic bombs a year, a US expert has warned. The “reckless” move could destabilize the region, as Japan’s neighbors rush to compete.

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Nuclear startups reimagine atomic energy | The Boston Globe

Nuclear startups reimagine atomic energy | The Boston Globe | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it

To most people, the outlook for nuclear power wouldn’t seem bright. The Fukushima disaster in Japan three years ago increased public resistance to the industry. Cheap natural gas is undercutting its competitiveness. Aging nuclear plants around the country, including Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vt., are shutting down.


But into this bleak environment come two startups with roots at MIT hoping to revive an industry that has long struggled to make a comeback. Their technologies aim to solve issues that have bedeviled nuclear power for decades: safety, cost, and radioactive waste.


Transatomic Power, a three-person firm sharing incubator space at the Cambridge Innovation Center, is designing a reactor that would be cheaper than coal and generate electricity from spent fuel rods — aka radioactive waste — piling up in the nation’s nuclear plants. UPower Technologies is developing a miniature atomic power plant that would be cheaper and cleaner than diesel generators used in remote locations.


Despite the political, economic, and technical challenges facing the industry, these companies, and handful of other startups, are betting that the increasing urgency of climate change will mean a bigger role in the energy mix for emissions-free nuclear power.


Last week, in an alarming report known as the National Climate Assessment, a panel of scientists concluded that climate change, accelerated by the burning of oil, coal, and natural gas, is already having serious effects. Many parts of the nation, including the Northeast, are experiencing them in the form of violent storms, increased flooding, extended droughts, and severe wildfires.


“Traditional environmentalists might shudder at this,” said Richard Lester, head of MIT’s department of nuclear science and engineering, “but our students see themselves as able to respond effectively to the climate change threat by devising cheaper, safer nuclear-generated electricity. That’s what’s motivating them.”


Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie got the idea for Transatomic as students at MIT, where they studied nuclear engineering. They saw the potential for nuclear to supply large amounts of electricity without producing greenhouse gases that raise global temperatures.


The pair decided to focus on improving the safety of power plants by doing away with water. Fuel rods are submerged in water and heat from the uranium fuel is converted into steam to turn a turbine and generate electricity. After a few years, however, the metal assemblies that hold the rods must be removed, even though only about 5 percent of the energy content is used.


Nuclear plants also rely on water to cool reactors in case there’s a need for a rapid shutdown. In the Fukushima disaster, pumps that circulate water to the reactors lost power, leading to dangerous overheating and core meltdowns.


Instead of water, Transatomic’s design uses salt. Uranium is dissolved in a tank of molten salt, meaning there are no metal assemblies to damage. As a result, the fuel can stay in the core for decades until nearly all its energy is extracted.


This technology, Transatomic added, could recover the remaining energy from spent fuel rods stored in US nuclear plants — more than 70,000 metric tons, enough to cover a football field about seven yards deep.


With the molten salt approach, the plant could cool itself without pumps, according to Transatomic. The salt and fuel in the core would simply drain to a containment tank, slowing the heat-producing nuclear reaction and freezing solid in the tank within a few hours.


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Trident of 'No Military Use' says independent body

Trident of 'No Military Use' says independent body | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it

A study commissioned by a leading independent charity, the Nuclear Education Trust, has concluded that nuclear weapons have no military use and that there is now a need for an urgent debate on whether they contribute to UK national security.


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Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from Pakistan (BBC Newsnight 7 Nov 2013)

US Senator quizzes Obama (BBC Newsnight 22 Nov 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2VEtP1HbV0 Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons proje...
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Nuclear Weapons: A Complete Visual History

Over 2000 atomic bombs have been detonated worldwide since 1945. This is a brief timeline showing every blast on a world map up until 1998. Nuclear Weapons:...
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Nuclear Detonation Timeline "1945-1998"

The 2053 nuclear tests and explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998 are plotted visually and audibly on a world map. As the video starts out detonati...
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What Keeps Nuclear Weapons from Proliferating: The hardest step in making a nuclear bomb

Bill explains that the hardest step is making the proper type of uranium. Weapons and power plants require uranium that contains a greater amount of the isot...
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The US Needs an Integrated Approach to Counter China's Anti-Access/Area ... - Heritage.org

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Much of the public discussion in the U.S. has been focused on such new weapons as anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), which have been cited in the U.S.
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Expect nuclear gains from Vladimir Putin-Narendra Modi meeting: Alexander Kadakin - The Economic Times

Expect nuclear gains from Vladimir Putin-Narendra Modi meeting: Alexander Kadakin - The Economic Times | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it
"The existing road map envisages as many as 22 new Russia-designed energy units across India.
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Sunni insurgents take over nuclear materials in northern Iraq - RT.com

Sunni insurgents take over nuclear materials in northern Iraq - RT.com | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it
Iraq says “terrorist groups” have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north.
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Global Climate Change and Nuclear Abolition: One Urgent Issue

Global Climate Change and Nuclear Abolition: One Urgent Issue | Nuclear Technology | Scoop.it

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