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Nuclear cannibals
Nuclear energy must increase by more than 10 percent each year from 2010 to 2050 to meet all future energy demands and replace fossil fuels, but this is an unsustainable prospect. According to a report published in Inderscience's International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology such a large growth rate will require a major improvement in nuclear power efficiency otherwise each new power plant will simply cannibalize the energy produced by earlier nuclear power plants. (2008-03-04)

Why a single nuke's impact shouldn't only be measured in megatons
New calculations by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers show that even a limited nuclear strike could cause devastating climate change, resulting in widespread drought and famine that could cost a billion lives. (2017-07-13)

Nuclear winter would threaten nearly everyone on Earth
If the United States and Russia waged an all-out nuclear war, much of the land in the Northern Hemisphere would be below freezing in the summertime, with the growing season slashed by nearly 90 percent in some areas, according to a Rutgers-led study. Indeed, death by famine would threaten nearly all of the Earth's 7.7 billion people, said co-author Alan Robock, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. (2019-08-28)

$2.96 million for nuclear research center at Rutgers
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is the site of a new scientific resource whose goal is basic science research that may be relevant to the safety and reliability of the aging United States nuclear weapons stockpile. The Center of Excellence for Radioactive Ion Beam Studies for Stewardship Science will be funded by a $2.96 million, three-year contract with the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). (2003-05-20)

Paths to Zero -- Striving Toward a Nuclear-Free World
The Federation of American Scientists will host a symposium to discuss US nuclear weapons policy in the 21st century at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, on Friday, Sep. 26, from 12-2:30 pm PDT. (2008-09-19)

Common bricks can be used to detect past presence of uranium, plutonium
Researchers have demonstrated a technique that can determine whether bricks -- the common building material -- have ever been near a radiological source, and identify the specific type of source, such as high enriched uranium or plutonium. (2018-03-01)

Atomic fingerprint identifies emission sources of uranium
Depending on whether uranium is released by the civil nuclear industry or as fallout from nuclear weapon tests, the ratio of the two anthropogenic, i.e. man-made, uranium isotopes 233U and 236U varies. These results were lately found by an international team at the University of Vienna and provides a promising new ''fingerprint'' for the identification of radioactive emission sources. As a consequence, it is also an excellent environmental tracer for ocean currents. (2020-03-09)

CU-Boulder professor documents controversial history of Rocky Flats
For four decades the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant 16 miles northwest of downtown Denver was a key facility in the United States nuclear weapons race. Gradually, however, many citizens protested its potential danger as a global hazard and a local threat. (1999-09-28)

NRC chairman says SILEX needs a careful look
As global leaders discuss ridding the world of nuclear weapons, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has acknowledged that a new laser technology -- which could lead to even more global proliferation -- deserves a closer examination. (2010-04-13)

Breakthrough Systems To Detect Nuclear Explosions Worldwide
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, have developed two breakthrough devices that can detect nuclear detonations by analyzing the atmosphere for traces of radioactive material. These systems, once activated, will be located around the globe and used to monitor the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) by detecting nuclear explosions. (1998-07-27)

How science can inform chemical weapons arms control
In 2013, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in eliminating many of the declared chemical weapons stockpiles worldwide. (2018-11-15)

Plutonium or greenhouse gases? Weighing the energy options
Can nuclear energy save us from global warming? Perhaps, but the tradeoffs involved are sobering: thousands of metric tons of nuclear waste generated each year and a greatly increased risk of nuclear weapons proliferation or diversion of nuclear material into terrorists' hands. (2006-10-23)

Is nuclear power fair for future generations?
The recent nuclear accident in Fukushima Daiichi in Japan has brought the nuclear debate to the forefront of controversy. A study by Behnam Taebi from the Delft University of Technology, published online in the Springer journal Philosophy & Technology, reflects on the various possible nuclear power production methods from an ethical perspective: If we intend to continue with nuclear power production, which technology is most morally desirable? (2011-05-05)

UC Institute wins $2.9 million grant to train next generation to deal with nuclear threats
The University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), a statewide UC research center for international affairs, has received a $2.9 million Integrative Graduate Education Research and Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation to train the next generation of policymakers, scholars, and international security analysts to deal effectively with the continuing nuclear threat. (2003-01-22)

New report recommends nuclear policy on the path toward nuclear disarmament
In Prague, President Barack Obama called for a world without nuclear weapons. Today, the Federation of American Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report calling for fundamental changes to US nuclear war planning, a vital prerequisite if smaller nuclear arsenals are to be achieved. (2009-04-08)

New paper by Notre Dame researchers describes method for cleaning up nuclear waste
A new paper by a team of University of Notre Dame researchers showcases Notre Dame Thorium Borate-1 as a crystalline compound which can be tailored to safely absorb radioactive ions from nuclear waste streams. (2012-03-20)

Nuclear CSI: Noninvasive procedure could identify criminal nuclear activity
Determining if an individual has handled nuclear materials is a challenge national defense agencies currently face. The standard protocol to detect uranium exposure is through a urine sample; however, urine is able to only identify those who have been recently exposed. Now, scientists at the University of Missouri have developed procedures that will better identify individuals exposed to uranium within one year. Scientists and homeland security experts believe this noninvasive procedure could identify individuals who may be smuggling nuclear materials for criminal purposes. (2016-11-01)

The biological and toxin weapons convention - an analysis
The refusal of the US to sign the long awaited renegotiation of the Biological and Toxin Weapon Convention looks set to lead to the failure of the final round of talks, currently concluding in Geneva. Malcolm Dando and Simon Whitby from the Department of Peace Studies, the University of Bradford discuss the implications for the protocol and the responsibilities of the biomedical community during the verification procedures. (2001-08-17)

Enhancing nuclear security: Training and international collaboration
While a world free of nuclear weapons remains a goal for governments around the world, nuclear security constitutes a major challenge for the 21st century, as recognized at the 2010 nuclear security summit in Washington. Citizens are generally aware of international efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, but they are often unaware of nuclear security research and the important role science in this field. A new European nuclear security training center and enhanced international collaboration are good examples. (2011-02-19)

APS Physics files petition requesting NRC change licensing rules
The American Physical Society, a leading organization of physicists, has filed a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requesting the agency change its licensing rules by including a review of the proliferation risks associated with smaller, more efficient nuclear fuel technologies. (2010-06-30)

After the deal: Partnerships with Iran could reduce long-term nuclear risks
The United States and five world powers hope to soon finalize a nuclear deal with Iran to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for a relaxing of international economic and financial sanctions. But what happens in 10 years when some of the key restrictions begin to phase out? One way to reduce this risk is by converting Iran's enrichment program from a national to a multinational enterprise, according to researchers from Princeton University. (2015-06-18)

U-M researcher calls for new approach to biological disarmament
Just as nuclear war was seen as the major international threat of the 1950s, biological warfare looms over the 21st century. (2002-11-14)

Climate scientists to discuss the chilling consequences of nuclear war
Beyond the immediate devastation of a large-scale nuclear war, a growing number of scientists are concerned about the aftermath of (2006-12-11)

Risk factors for weapon involvement in adolescents vary by race and gender
In 2011, almost 13 percent of high school students had been victimized with weapons. Weapon-related violence among adolescents can lead to injuries and long-term mental health problems. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that the risk and protective factors for carrying and using weapons vary by race and gender. (2016-01-14)

National Academies news: Many deaths still expected with earth-penetrating nuclear weapons
A nuclear weapon that is exploded underground can destroy a deeply buried bunker efficiently and requires significantly less power to do so than a nuclear weapon detonated on the surface would, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. (2005-04-27)

Princeton report charts a step-by-step path toward a nuclear weapons-free Middle East
The recent nuclear agreement with Iran could serve as a first step toward a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. However, there is more that needs to be done to achieve this goal, according to a recent report issued by the International Panel on Fissile Materials based at Princeton University, which proposes how Iran and other regional states could further restrain their nuclear-energy programs, and how Israel could roll back its nuclear weapons program. (2013-12-10)

Continuing Support For U.S. Nuclear Arsenal: National Study Conducted By University Of New Mexico Shows Public Believes US Faces Nuclear Threats
Though the Cold War has been over for more than seven years, most Americans continue to believe the U.S. remains at risk of nuclear conflict, and they support maintenance of a stockpile of nuclear weapons to ensure the safety of the country. These were among the many findings of a recently completed study of attitudes about nuclear weapons and national security conducted for Sandia National Laboratories by researchers at the Institute for Public Policy of the University of New Mexico. (1998-08-03)

Russian/American scientists explore international nuclear security solutions
Russian and American scientists hope to help each other avert nuclear disasters by coming together at Vanderbilt Nov. 14-17 to share methods, techniques and scientific research related to secure management of nuclear materials, including those at nuclear power plants, nuclear weapons' sites and nuclear waste facilities. (2004-11-10)

Limited nuclear war could have big impact on world food supplies
A war between India and Pakistan using less than 1% of nuclear weapons worldwide could lead to the worst global food losses in modern history, according to a Rutgers co-authored study that is the first of its kind. Sudden global cooling from a limited nuclear war along with less precipitation and sunlight 'could disrupt food production and trade worldwide for about a decade -- more than the impact from anthropogenic climate change by late (21st) century,' the study says. (2020-03-16)

Rebalancing the nuclear debate through education
Better physics teaching with a particular emphasis on radioactivity and radiation science could improve public awareness through education of the environmental benefits and relative safety of nuclear power generation, according to leading Brazilian scientist Heldio Villar. He suggests that it might then be possible to have a less emotional debate about the future of the industry that will ultimately reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. (2011-09-09)

MIT profs, colleagues propose plan for nuclear energy
MIT faculty members and colleagues, all former senior energy or security advisors in Democratic and Republican administrations from Carter to Clinton, have proposed a pragmatic plan that would allow the world to develop nuclear power without increased risk of weapons proliferation. (2005-05-09)

China's nuclear dilemma
An expert assessment of China's nuclear weapons strategy highlights the risk of escalation to nuclear war from a conflict beginning with conventional weapons, due to the unusual structure of the nation's military. The new study, previously only available in Chinese, appears in the latest edition of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE. The authors believe that this is the first comprehensive non-governmental study on how China's nuclear-war plan was developed. (2012-09-14)

Cancer Rates In Children Of Nuclear Industry Employees No Higher Than General Population In England And Wales
The incidence of cancer and leukaemia among children of nuclear industry employees is similar to that of the general population in England and Wales, find researchers in a study published in this week's BMJ. (1999-05-28)

New co-chair of atomic scientists calls on US administration to reduce nuclear threat
Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University, will co-chair the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists with Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman. Together they plan to re-energize a national discussion on the reduction of nuclear weapons stockpiles, and a commitment to fight proliferation and encourage disarmament efforts. (2009-01-13)

War-related climate change would reduce substantially reduce crop yields
Though worries about 'nuclear winter' have faded since the end of the Cold War, existing stockpiles of nuclear weapons still hold the potential for devastating global impacts. (2012-07-02)

Helping authorities respond more quickly to airborne radiological threats
A new technique uses existing technologies to detect potential airborne radiological materials in hours instead of days. (2018-02-07)

NRC rewards Penn State nuclear engineering efforts
Penn State's nuclear engineering program, part of the mechanical engineering department, has received nearly $1 million from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the areas of education, faculty development and curriculum development to boost nuclear education and expand the workforce in nuclear and nuclear-related disciplines. (2009-12-10)

Nuclear modernization programs threaten to prolong the nuclear era
In the latest issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, experts from the United States, Russia, and China present global perspectives on ambitious nuclear modernization programs that the world's nuclear-armed countries have begun. (2015-05-13)

US and Russian academies joint report on uranium enrichment and nonproliferation
Driven by high prices for fossil fuels and concern about climate change, many nations are planning to build their first nuclear power plants, and they will need enriched uranium for fuel. (2008-09-25)

Top scientists ask UN leaders to act on nuclear weapons, climate change
The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists today called on the United States and Russia to restart negotiations on reducing their nuclear arsenals, to lower alert levels for their nuclear weapons, and to scrap their missile defense programs. (2014-01-14)

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