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How We Know Who's Testing Nukes

In the search for rogue nukes, researchers have discovered an unlikely tool: radio telescopes used by astronomers.

Working with astronomers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), researcher have analyzed historical data from the Very Large Array (VLA), a constellation of 27 radio telescopes near Socorro, New Mexico--and...
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To Solve Nuclear Power Plant Problems, Use Another Fuel

Despite Fukushima, nuclear energy is probably here to stay. Can we make it safer by changing to a new fuel? It turns out there could be an entirely new type of nuclear reactor, that could not only be operated safely without generating long-lived radioactive waste, it could even consume the toxic waste generated by conventional nuclear reactors....
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Can Nuclear Power be Made Safe?

After the disaster at Fukushima, and the discovery that some nuclear power plants right here in the US (such as Indian Point, which is close to one of the most populated cities in the world: New York City) may be just as vulnerable, scientists are rethinking nuclear power...
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Has a New War Started?

Secret attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities may be under way by Israel. Israeli officials said in a recent report that a "mysterious explosion" two days ago at an Iranian nuclear facility was "no accident." Satellite images show smoke coming from an...
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Will Israel Attack Iran Soon?

We talked about this three years ago, and now it's being discussed again--this time officially. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally support in his cabinet for an attack on Iran, and defense minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Avigdor...
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How Past Tragedies Can Predict the Present

Past nuclear disasters can give us a clue about what may happen to the area around the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown in Japan. One of these is Chernobyl, where the same thing...
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Will Flowers Save Japan?

The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March damaged several of their power plants, releasing large amounts of radioactive material into the water and into the soil around the Fukushima reactor. Now a group of citizens have started a...
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Were Russians Working on Iranian Nukes Murdered?

Five Russian scientists who were advising Iranian nuclear experts on the design of an Iranian atomic facility were among the 44 killed in a recent air crash in Russia. Iranian nuclear experts have been involved in similar accidents in the past. Are these really "...
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To Stay Safe, We Need to Detect Radiation

The recent Japanese nuclear power plant meltdown has spurred scientists on to find better ways to detect radiation. They could also use these methods to search for countries (like Iran) that are secretly making nuclear weapons--as well as terrorists who...
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French Say Milk May be Dangerous

The French research group on radioactivity CRIIRAD is warning that the risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe from the Japanese nuclear power plant meltdowns are no longer "negligible," and are advising pregnant women and infants against not to drink...
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The Latest on Japanese Radiation in the US

The EPA is considering raising the levels of Iodine-131 it claims are safe by revising 'Protective Action Guides' that identify safety limits. It is being proposed within EPA that the level considered safe be raised up to a hundred thousand times levels currently considered safe. In effect, this would mean that a single glass of water could...
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Japan Meltdown, Radiation has Reached Seattle

Has Japan lost the race to save its Fukushima nuclear reactor? Highly radioactive water is now being detected in the ocean near the reactor because the radioactive core seems to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and onto the concrete floor below--the same sort of thing that happened at...
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How It Will End

T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men" says, "This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper." The Japanese nuclear plant meltdowns may end the same way. How will the affected plants finally be closed? A look at what happened at Chernobyl can give us...
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Power Plant Problems

We recently wrote that it's not yet time to take iodine, and that's probably still true. While a plume of radiation IS heading towards the West Coast, nuclear experts say it will become diluted along the way and will cause only very minor health problems in the US....
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UPDATE: US Official Says 'Extremely High' Radiation Levels at Japanese Power Plant due to Exposed Rods

The spent fuel rods that have been exposed to the air at reactor 4 at the Fukushima power plant have begun emitting "extremely high" levels of radiation according to US officials. This means that they have almost certainly gone critical.

A Tokyo Electric Power representative has said that "the possibility of...
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Are OUR Reactors Safe?

Germany has shut down seven of its nuclear reactors that are the same design as the Japanese reactors that have failed. It has ordered a safety review at all 17 reactors in the country. And last month congress voted to provide a $4 billion loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated on the Gulf Coast of Texas by TEPCO, the...
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Bird Brains from Nuclear Radiation

Talk about aflockalypse! Here's the reason we're scared about radiation from Japanese power plants blowing our way: Even though it's been 25 years since the...
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Nukes & Earthquakes

As US policy makers renew emphasis on the use of nuclear energy in their efforts to reduce the country’s oil dependence, other factors come into play. One concern of paramount importance is the seismic hazard at the site where nuclear reactors are located.
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Nukes in our Future

Are there nuclear power plants in our future? After the BP oil spill disaster, people is business and politics are beginning to think what used to be the unthinkable: nuclear power. In 1979, a film called "The China Syndrome" came out, with the premise that a meltdown at a nuclear power plant could open up a hole that would extend through the...

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Nuclear Bombs Hard to Make

Thank goodness! - In light of the revelation (from some of the so-called "pirates" on board) that the recent hijacking of a Russian ship may have actually been a cover up for that country shipping a missile system to Iran that would give it the power to send nukes to Israel, it turns out that nuclear bombs difficult to make (...

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Nukes in the Dump

If we can bury farm waste, why not nuclear waste? (The potential escape of nuclear material is one of the themes of Whitley's dynamic new novel Critical Mass). We have an extensive program to do just that, but it doesn't always work.

The first weapons-grade plutonium ever made has been found in the bottom of a landfill at the world's...

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How Can We Tell Who Has Nukes?

We're all nervous about the fact that Iran and North Korea may have nuclear warheads?so much so, that some countries are considering preliminary strikes against Iran. We know from the Valerie Plame affair that governments often have reasons to lie about the types of weapons they?or other governments?have actually built or stockpiled. What we...

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Asteroid?or Nuclear?Jewelry?

Ancient texts from India describe a scenario which sounds to us very much like a nuclear war. If this is true, some of the only evidence may have been made into jewelry.

In 1966, Veincenzo de Michele saw a strange yellow-green stone in the center of one of Tutankhamun's necklaces, which were on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo at...

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A Nuclear Accident Waiting to Happen

A newly declassified report says that trident nuclear warheads, which are routinely moved from place to place so they do not make convenient targets, could become involved in a highway accident or plane crash, which could release a lethal dose of radiation.

In New Scientist magazine, Rob Edwards quotes a senior UK government official as...

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Nuke Waste Problem Won't Go Away

We've written that China, in desperate need of energy, is developing new fusion reactors despite the fact that many US scientists say that fusion doesn't work. Now UK scientists are saying that, before any new nuclear power plants are built, we should tackle the problem of nuclear waste.

Many solutions have been proposed for this over...

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Hitler Had Nukes

In the midst of concern about Iran developing nuclear weapons, it's interesting to note that the Nazis may have been on the point of detonating an atomic bomb when World War II ended. A new book published in Italy tells how close the Nazis were to manufacturing a nuclear bomb at the end of World War II. Author Luigi Romersa, who is now 88 years...

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Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strikes Against WMD Considered as CIA Says Al-Qa'ida Has Them

According to a proposed "Doctrine for Joint NuclearOperations," US field commanders will have the right torequest pre-emptive nuclear strikes to prevent nations orother entities from attacking the United States with weaponsof mass destruction of any kind, whether nuclear or not.

Seperately, the CIA has issued an unclassified...

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Is it Dangerous to Live Near Nuclear Plants?

A new study shows that the parts of the U.S. that are 40 miles or less from nuclear power plants have higher levels of radioactive strontium-90 than other areas. Strontium-90 collects in bones and tissues and increases the risk of cancer and leukemia.

Gary Stoller writes in USA Today that the Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP)...

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Russia Practices Nuking U.S.

Moscow's Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper reports that the Russian military is playing wargames in which their strategic bombers and nuclear submarines "will deliver hypothetical nuclear strikes on the U.S. and Britain, while locating and destroying aircraft-carrier groups of the U.S. Navy" because "Russian military leaders have learned a lesson...

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Worm Sex

Worms that used to reproduce asexually are now having sex. Why should we care? These are worms that were contaminated by radioactivity from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, and they can reproduce more efficiently this way. Ukrainian scientists think they've changed their sexual behavior in order to increase their chances of survival....

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