Nuclear physics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24487/all en US uranium complex changes management after activists break in http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/us-uranium-complex-changes-management-after-activists-break <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Timothy Gardner</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. government has named a new group to manage security at a site where it processes and stores enriched uranium after anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year old nun, broke into the site in 2012.</p> <p>The National Nuclear Security Administration said on Tuesday it has chosen Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC to manage and operate the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where the breach occurred last July, as well as the Plantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/us-uranium-complex-changes-management-after-activists-break" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:30:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731789 at http://www.globalpost.com Tokyo in drive to win back radiation-wary German tourists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/tokyo-drive-win-back-radiation-wary-german-tourists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Victoria Bryan</p> <p>FRANKFURT, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan is making a big push to win back German tourists, who are still avoiding the country because of concerns over radiation.</p> <p>Visitor numbers from Germany, the world's biggest spenders on foreign holidays in 2011, fell 35 percent between 2010 and 2011, and in 2012 did not recover as much as other markets, Tokyo tourism officials said in Frankfurt this week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/tokyo-drive-win-back-radiation-wary-german-tourists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Fukushima Prefecture Nuclear physics Radioactivity Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:00:44 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739533 at http://www.globalpost.com Iran denies explosion at underground uranium facility http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/iran-denies-explosion-at-underground-uranium-facility <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBAI, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Iran has denied media reports of a major explosion at one of its uranium enrichment sites, describing them as "Western propaganda" designed to influence upcoming nuclear negotiations.</p> <p>Reuters has been unable to verify reports since Friday of an explosion at the underground Fordow bunker, near the religious city of Qom, that some Israeli and Western media have said caused significant damage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/iran-denies-explosion-at-underground-uranium-facility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear fuels Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 07:45:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740361 at http://www.globalpost.com EU's Ashton concerned at Iranian plans for advanced atom work http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/eus-ashton-concerned-at-iranian-plans-advanced-atom-work <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged Iran on Friday to abandon its expressed intention to speed up nuclear work, saying that would violate the Islamic republic's international obligations.</p> <p>Iran has announced plans to install and operate advanced uranium enrichment machines, in what would be a technological leap allowing it to significantly speed up activity the West fears could be put to developing a nuclear weapon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/eus-ashton-concerned-at-iranian-plans-advanced-atom-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catherine Ashton Nuclear physics Nuclear proliferation Nuclear technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:46:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742950 at http://www.globalpost.com FACTBOX-Uranium enrichment and the juicing of oranges http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/factbox-uranium-enrichment-and-the-juicing-oranges <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The planned sale of nuclear fuel vendor Urenco has put the spotlight on ultra-secret uranium enrichment technology.</p> <p>To understand that process, think about orange juice.</p> <p>BANKS OF CYLINDERS</p> <p>To get one glass of juice, you can put three oranges in the juicer and press gently, or put two, and squeeze very hard.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/factbox-uranium-enrichment-and-the-juicing-oranges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Uranium Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:00:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747796 at http://www.globalpost.com What will North Korea's nuclear test reveal? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/what-will-north-koreas-nuclear-test-reveal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>North Korea's expected atomic test will offer a rare chance to gauge where its nuclear programme is headed, with most expert attention focused on what type of device is detonated and how.</p> <p>Seismic monitors and "sniffer" planes capable of collecting radioactive evidence of the test will provide the forensic material for analysts to try to determine the yield and nature of the underground explosion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/what-will-north-koreas-nuclear-test-reveal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Technology AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 02:15:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748393 at http://www.globalpost.com Major nuclear accident would cost France $580 bln -study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/major-nuclear-accident-would-cost-france-580-bln-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* French public institute unveils 1st study on disaster cost</p> <p>* 58 nuclear reactors in France</p> <p>By Michel Rose</p> <p>SAINT-PAUL-LES-DURANCE, France, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A nuclear accident similar to the one at Japan's Fukushima reactor would cost France about 430 billion euros ($580 billion), or 20 percent of its economic output, French nuclear safety institute IRSN said in a study on the possible financial impact of a nuclear crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/major-nuclear-accident-would-cost-france-580-bln-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Energy Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 03:15:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5748401 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Nuclear fuel firm champions "plug-and-play" micro reactors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/interview-nuclear-fuel-firm-champions-plug-and-play-micro-react <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Urenco chief urges Europe to develop prototype micro reactor</p> <p>* Tiny reactors suited to energy-hungry emerging nations</p> <p>* New reactors would be 5-10 MW, cost less than $100 mln</p> <p>By Eric Onstad</p> <p>LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Europe should seize the chance to develop a new generation of "plug and play" micro nuclear reactors that could compete with wind farms as a safe, low-carbon energy source, the head of nuclear fuel firm Urenco said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/interview-nuclear-fuel-firm-champions-plug-and-play-micro-react" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:00:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5750148 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. snowstorm shuts down Massachusetts nuclear plant http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130209/us-snowstorm-shuts-down-massachusetts-nuclear-plant <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Feb 9 (Reuters) - A nuclear power plant in Massachusetts lost power and automatically shut down late on Friday during a massive blizzard across the northeastern United States, the nuclear regulator said.</p> <p>The reactor at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth closed down with no problems and there was no threat to public safety, an official at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.</p> <p>"There was no impact on plant workers or the public," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130209/us-snowstorm-shuts-down-massachusetts-nuclear-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear energy in the United States Nuclear physics Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thomson Reuters Sat, 09 Feb 2013 09:30:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5750866 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Videographics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/afp-videographics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>We will send the following videographic:</p> <p>NUCLEAR WEAPONS</p> <p>Experts speculate that North Korea may soon carry out a third nuclear test in hope of trying out its uranium programme. Pyongyang's nuclear activities were historically based on plutonium, but in 2010 the regime disclosed to visiting US scientists it was operating a uranium enrichment plant. A successful test with highly enriched uranium would alarm North Korea's adversaries as it is much easier to conceal work with uranium than with plutonium.</p> <p>Text slug: Nkorea-nuclear-weapons</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/afp-videographics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear materials Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Technology AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:46:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752541 at http://www.globalpost.com What does North Korea's nuclear test reveal? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/what-does-north-koreas-nuclear-test-reveal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>North Korea's nuclear test opens a rare, limited window for expert evaluation of its atomic weapons programme, with an added urgency lent by Pyongyang's claim to have detonated a "miniaturised" device.</p> <p>Seismic monitors and "sniffer" planes capable of collecting radioactive evidence of Tuesday's test will provide the forensic material for analysts to try to determine the exact yield and nature of the underground explosion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/what-does-north-koreas-nuclear-test-reveal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Technology AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:33:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753371 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant: Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/urgent-roof-collapses-at-chernobyl-nuclear-plant-ukraine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A section of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has collapsed under the weight of snow but there were no injuries or any increase in radiation from the reactor that exploded in 1986, the country's emergency agency said Wednesday.</p> <p>"The preliminary reason for the collapse was too much snow on the roof," the agency said, adding that the radiation situation is "within the norm" and nobody was harmed by Tuesday's incident. The roof was constructed after the 1986 disaster but is not part of the sarcophagus structure covering the reactor, it said.</p> <p>ant-ma-sjw/txw</p> Chernobyl disaster Nuclear physics Nuclear technology AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:15:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754300 at http://www.globalpost.com Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant: Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/roof-collapses-at-chernobyl-nuclear-plant-ukraine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A section of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has collapsed under the weight of snow but there were no injuries or any increase in radiation from the reactor that exploded in 1986, the country's emergency agency said Wednesday.</p> <p>"The preliminary reason for the collapse was too much snow on the roof," the agency said, adding that the radiation situation is "within the norm" and nobody was harmed in Tuesday's incident. </p> <p>The roof was constructed after the 1986 disaster but is not part of the sarcophagus structure covering the reactor, it said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/roof-collapses-at-chernobyl-nuclear-plant-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chernobyl disaster Disaster Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Technology AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:32:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754339 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. probes for details of North Korean nuclear test http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/us-probes-details-north-korean-nuclear-test <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mark Hosenball</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to collect technical data on the type, design and explosive power of the nuclear device North Korea tested on Tuesday, officials said.</p> <p>A senior U.S. official said it could take a week or two for the United States and others to collect and study data about the test before coming up with a consensus on the device's design and power.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/us-probes-details-north-korean-nuclear-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Korea Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Nuclear weapon design Politics Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:45:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5754453 at http://www.globalpost.com Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant: Ukraine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/roof-collapses-at-chernobyl-nuclear-plant-ukraine-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A section of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine collapsed under the weight of snow, officials said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the condition of the facility that was the site of the world's worst nuclear accident.</p> <p>There were no injuries after Tuesday's accident nor any increase in radiation from the reactor that exploded in 1986, the country's emergency agency said.</p> <p>French construction firms Vinci and Bouygues said Wednesday they had evacuated as a precaution around 80 employees working on a new protective shelter from the site.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/roof-collapses-at-chernobyl-nuclear-plant-ukraine-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Chernobyl disaster Disaster Labor Law Nuclear physics Nuclear technology Technology AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:45:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5754609 at http://www.globalpost.com