Nuclear contamination news archives

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05/26/2011

Radiotrophic fungus


Radiotrophic fungi are fungi which appear to use the pigment melanin to convert gamma radiation into chemical energy for growth. This proposed mechanism may be similar to anabolic pathways for the synthesis of reduced organic carbon (e.g., carbohydrates) in phototrophic organisms, which capture photons from visible light with pigments such as chlorophyll whose energy is then used in photolysis of water to generate usable chemical energy (as ATP) in photophosphorylation of photosynthesis. However, whether melanin-containing fungi employ a similar multi-step pathway as photosynthesis, or some chemosynthesis pathways, is unknown.


Pakistan builds low yield nuclear capability, concern grows

05/15/2011

Brief:

(Reuters) – Pakistan’s successful test of a missile able to carry short range nuclear weapons threatens to raise tensions in a region already nervous that the death of Osama bin Laden will create more instability.


Obama to deploy US troops in Pakistan if nuclear installations under terror threat

05/15/2009

Brief:

London, May 15(ANI): The Obama administration will deploy US troops in Pakistan in case the nation’s nuclear installations come under threat from terrorists, who have warned to avenge the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, according to a newspaper.


Here Are The Refineries And Nuclear Power Plants Threatened If The Morganza Spillway Is [Opened|Shut]

05/13/2009

Brief:

Obama has found himself on the verge of another environmental scandal now that he has no choice but to redirect the Mississippi river via the Morganza spillway


Safety Gaps Found at Nuclear Plants

05/15/2011

Brief:

Federal inspections ordered after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan found many U.S. commercial nuclear reactors vulnerable to severe earthquakes, floods or fires, particularly in combination.


Nuclear power plant at Bin Gang Unit 5 condenser failure due to delay in “cold shutdown”

05/15/2011

Brief:

BEIJING, May 16, according to Kyodo news agency Xinhua reported that 15 Chubu Electric Power announced in the city of Shizuoka Prefecture Omaezaki Bin Gang Unit 5 reactor nuclear power plant 14, the implementation of about 3 hours after the shutdown operation, found that there was water leaking pipeline failure.


Nuclear plants creating fire safety rules

05/14/2011

Brief:

Of the 65 nuclear power plants in the United States, 31 plants are designing fire protection plans based on a self-administered risk analysis.


Officials monitoring rising floodwaters at Nebraska nuclear plants

06/24/2011

Brief:

U.S. nuclear regulators say two Nebraska nuclear power plants have protected critical equipment from the rising waters of the Missouri River even though flooding has reached the grounds of one of them.


A brief introduction to why planes don’t have nuclear reactors.

06/13/2011

Brief:

During the peak of the Cold War, the United States invested billions into the feasibility of nuclear powered aircraft.

Featured Airicraft: Convair WS 125, Nuclear Navy Sea plane


Fukushima radiation found in California milk, fruit, vegetables

06/01/11

Brief:

As the crippled reactors in Japan continue to emit radiation into the environment, the risk grows that it will appear in our food. Radiation has already been detected in trace amounts in milk across the U.S., and in strawberries, kale and other vegetables in California.

Could milk get ultraviolet treatment?

06/01/11

Brief:

AT A 3000-cow dairy farm near Ithaca, New York, Rodrigo Bicalho wrestles a 3-week-old calf onto a scale. The calf totters about; the scale reads 52 kilograms, a healthy weight. Bicalho makes a note. He is trying to find out what happens if he gives his calves milk that, instead of being pasteurised, is treated with ultraviolet light.

Safety Gaps Found at Nuclear Plants

05/15/2011

Brief:

Federal inspections ordered after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan found many U.S. commercial nuclear reactors vulnerable to severe earthquakes, floods or fires, particularly in combination.

Here Are The Refineries And Nuclear Power Plants Threatened If The Morganza Spillway Is [Opened|Shut]

05/13/2009

Brief:

Obama has found himself on the verge of another environmental scandal now that he has no choice but to redirect the Mississippi river via the Morganza spillway

Nuclear plants creating fire safety rules

05/14/2011

Brief:

Of the 65 nuclear power plants in the United States, 31 plants are designing fire protection plans based on a self-administered risk analysis.

Japan’s nuclear contamination spreads to more U.S. states

03/29/2011

Brief:

(CNN) — Minuscule levels of radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant incident have been detected in a widening number of U.S. states, but the Environmental Protection Agency reaffirmed this week that the levels represent no threat to public health.

Obama to deploy US troops in Pakistan if nuclear installations under terror threat

05/15/2009

Brief:

London, May 15(ANI): The Obama administration will deploy US troops in Pakistan in case the nation’s nuclear installations come under threat from terrorists, who have warned to avenge the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, according to a newspaper.

Nuclear scientist says bomb saved Pakistan

05/17/2009

Brief:

WASHINGTON – THE father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb has vigorously defended the program as sparing his country the fate of Iraq or Libya, amid signs that Islamabad is ramping up its weapons capacities.

Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions in a Changing Middle East

06/01/11

Brief:

A recent high-profile piece in The New Yorker by Seymour Hersh has brought renewed attention to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Policymakers face complexity and few clear facts.  Iran’s refusal to answer questions and clarify the nature of its nuclear program raises serious questions, as does a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which points to new information regarding “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran has secretly stocked enriched uranium for four nuclear bombs

06/03/11

Brief:

The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, American’s scientific watchdog on world nuclear weapons production, estimates that by Dec. 2008, Iran had accumulated enough U-235 to fuel one nuclear bomb; by 2009, enough for a second, by August 2010 material for a third bomb and by April 2011, enough enriched uranium for a fourth bomb.

Japanese nuclear plant remains threat, UN says

05/06/2011

Brief:

Conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant remain “very serious,” the United Nations said Thursday.


Damages to some units of the plant have been upgraded, while others were downgraded, according to a statement emailed to journalists by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency.

Pakistan builds low yield nuclear capability, concern grows

05/15/2011

Brief:

(Reuters) – Pakistan’s successful test of a missile able to carry short range nuclear weapons threatens to raise tensions in a region already nervous that the death of Osama bin Laden will create more instability.


Tepco confirms meltdowns at 2 more Fukushima reactors

05/24/2011

Brief:

TOKYO — Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disabled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, confirmed on Tuesday that there had been meltdowns of fuel rods at three of the plant’s reactors early in the crisis.

Nuclear power plant at Bin Gang Unit 5 condenser failure due to delay in “cold shutdown”

05/15/2011

Brief:

BEIJING, May 16, according to Kyodo news agency Xinhua reported that 15 Chubu Electric Power announced in the city of Shizuoka Prefecture Omaezaki Bin Gang Unit 5 reactor nuclear power plant 14, the implementation of about 3 hours after the shutdown operation, found that there was water leaking pipeline failure.

Worker at Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear plant dies

05/14/2011

Brief:

TOKYO – The operator of Japan’s tsunami-wrecked nuclear power plant says a contract worker in his 60s has died after collapsing at the facility’s waste disposal building.

Seaweed contamination cause for concern in Japan

05/13/2011

Brief:

Initial findings from the Rainbow Warrior radiation sampling team working off the coast of Japan are in and the news is not good.

The results showed levels of contamination far beyond allowed limits for seaweed.

Japan calls for Hamaoka nuclear plant shutdown

05/09/2011

Brief:

The Hamaoka nuclear plant which sits near a major fault line in Shizuoka prefecture, is considered the country’s most vulnerable nuclear facility.

Workers measure radiation at Japanese nuclear facility

05/09/11

Brief:

Tokyo (CNN) — Workers reentered the No. 1 reactor building at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Monday as they try to restore its cooling system, the plant’s operator said.

DA to buy portable Geiger counters to check Japan products

05/07/2011

Brief:

The government will be purchasing handheld Geiger counters to screen produce, plants, and food stuff coming from Japan for nuclear contamination, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Will Fukushima Trigger the Changes Japan Has Been Waiting For?

05/07/2011

Brief:

Fukushima is not Chernobyl, Prime Minister Naoto Kan insists. His government draws comfort from the fact that Fukushima emitted only a fraction of the radiation released at Chernobyl in 1986, that Chernobyl caused a number of deaths and thousands of cancers. In Chernobyl, the exploding reactor threw radioactive material high into the atmosphere, spreading it over a wide area of Western Europe. In Fukushima, apart from the radioactivity released to the sea, the contamination is concentrated within some 400 square kilometers around the plant. Fukushima caused no deaths, at least not so far.


However, in some ways Fukushima looks more worrying than Chernobyl, and more hopeless.

Workers sent into Japan reactor for first time since blast

05/05/2011

Brief:

TOKYO | Outfitted like scuba divers, workers on Thursday entered a reactor building for the first time since an explosion crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March and began releasing radiation.

Radioactive contamination found in Japanese cars ready to unload in Chile

05/04/11

Brief:

Last Sunday Chile’s customs agency in the northern Iquique port detained a cargo ship carrying 2,500 Hyundai cars after at least 21 of the cars were found with traces of radioactive contamination.

Russian experts to study Sea of Japan nuclear contamination

04/15/2011

Brief:

The Russian Geographic Society will send an expedition to the Sea of Japan to monitor the levels of nuclear contamination in its waters and seismic processes in the area, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

China detects 30 radioactive contamination cases

04/29/2011

Brief:

BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) — China has detected 30 cases of radioactive contamination in passengers, vessels and containers that have entered the country since March 16, quarantine authorities said on Friday.



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