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Talks will succeed if West recognizes Iran’s right to nuclear energy: Larijani, Tehran Times, 23 Sept 12TEHRAN – Military action against Iran would be “highly costly” for the United States and threats issued by U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney are only campaign rhetoric and can be largely ignored, Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani told the Financial Times in an interview published on Saturday.  Continue reading

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Nuclear power a dangerous option for Bangladesh

Risks of nuclear option for power, Daily Star,  September 24, 2012 “…the present government has signed an agreement with Russia for setting up a nuclear power station shortly. Recently the prime minister talked about establishing more such stations in Bangladesh in order to get adequate electricity to meet the country’s demand.

But it has a worrying aspect also. Japan has announced that it will abandon all its nuclear power by 2030. It is true that the lives of the people are more valuable than development.

Bangladesh is a poor country; its scientific and technological know-how is inferior to Japan. This tiny country contains about 16 crore people. If any accident occurs over-populated country, the result will be extremely disastrous. Many people are in doubt about
the effectiveness of Russian technologies also. So, we should think a hundred times before beginning such risky mission.

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Saudi Arabia emerges as top solar producer[Arab News (Saudi Arabia)] Al Bawaba Ltd. The Kingdom is one of the world’s most productive solar regions with some of the highest summer temperatures ever recorded on earth, said Jean-Claude Estival, renewable energy business manager of Schneider Electrical projects in France during his visit to Riyadh last week. Continue reading

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India welcomes international nuclear salesmen

India to host meet for global n-energy players, Daily News, September 23rd 2012,  Mumbai,  — India will Tuesday host a global meet on nuclear energy here that will offer networking and marketing opportunities for international firms and agencies, an official said Sunday.

The three-day 4th India Nuclear Energy Summit (INES-2012) will see participation from all top players in the nuclear power generation sector, apart from debates and speeches by leading experts on a variety of issues concerning the industry. Continue reading

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US Senator: Senate Resolution against Iran Amounts to Preemptive War TEHRAN (FNA) 23 Sept 12, The US Senate voted 90-1 early Saturday on a non-binding resolution to impede Iran’s advancement in nuclear technology. Voting against the resolution was Sen. Rand Paul, arguing that the bill was a de-facto declaration of war. Continue reading

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Plutonium left Livermore – (but where did it go?)

High-Security Nuclear Material Leaves Livermore  KOLO8 News 23 Sept 12, LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) Federal officials say Lawrence Livermore Laboratory is no longer home to some high-security, special nuclear weapons materials.

The National Nuclear Security Administration say the lab will still focus on the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, but just with a reduced amount of nuclear material that does not require as much as security as was needed in the past.

The agency says that decision will save about $40 million in taxpayer funds.

NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino says taking the materials out of Livermore is part of a national plan to consolidate special nuclear materials in as few places as possible.
The Oakland Tribune reports ( the materials were
removed from the lab’s Plutonium Facility, which is located in an area known as the “Superblock.”

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Safecast measuring radiation, now measuring air quality

After tracking radiation levels in Fukushima, Safecast is measuring air quality in the States Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, By Adrienne LaFrance-21/09/2012 Knight News Challenge funding will help Safecast spearhead data collection in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Detroit. When a nuclear crisis came on the heels of the March 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan, there was an outcry from those seeking accurate information about radiation levels in various prefectures.

The situation prompted a group of friends to launch a crowdsourced Geiger-counting effort  — which eventually grew  into Safecast, a network for collecting and mapping radiation measurements across the world.

Now, with a $400,000 Knight News Challenge grant, Safecast will expand its efforts into air quality testing — starting in Detroit, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Safecast cofounder Sean Bonner  says the project will help identify good and bad air quality on a granular,
neighborhood-by-neighborhood level. He’s also hoping to track changes in air quality over short periods of time…..

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