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  • As America’s Nukes and Sensors Get More Connected, the Risk of Cyber Attack Is Growing

    01/18/2018 6:37:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Defense One ^ | January 17, 2018 | Patrick Tucker
    Building nuclear weapons and warning systems that can be relied upon is harder than it was during the Cold War, thanks to the growing number of digital connections between various parts of the nuclear enterprise. Those links are intended to improve everything from commanders’ response times to the accuracy of missile defenses, but they also provide more avenues of attack and make it harder to know your exact level of readiness, according to new reports from U.S. Air Force advisors and a London think tank.
  • Chernobyl's Transformation Into a Massive Solar Plant Is Almost Complete

    01/15/2018 6:37:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 01/15/2018 | DAVID NIELD
    At the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, work is almost finished on a huge new solar plant that's set to provide one megawatt of renewable power for the local electricity grid. The new plant sits just a hundred metres (328 feet) from the Object Shelter, nicknamed the "sarcophagus", a sealed metal dome designed to prevent further radiation leakage from the remains of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The blast that occurred on 26 April 1986 remains one of two most disastrous nuclear accidents in history alongside Fukushima, but the installation of these solar panels offers hope that...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal: Trump to Extend Sanctions Waiver - Reports

    01/12/2018 10:12:11 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/12
    US President Donald Trump will continue to suspend key sanctions on Iran, and so avoiding jeopardising the 2015 nuclear agreement, US officials say. But Mr Trump is expected to set a deadline for Congress and European allies to improve the deal or the US will abandon it, the officials say. He is also likely to impose a new set of sanctions targeting Iranian firms and individuals, a top aide has said. Mr Trump has strongly criticised the deal, which helped end a long crisis. European powers say that the accord is vital for international security. The agreement between six global...
  • California’s last nuclear plant to close after unanimous vote by regulators

    01/11/2018 12:31:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 11. 2018 | By David R. Baker
    California’s last nuclear power plant — Diablo Canyon, whose contentious birth helped shape the modern environmental movement — will close in 2025, state utility regulators decided Thursday. The unanimous vote by the California Public Utilities Commission will likely bring an end to nuclear energy’s long history in the state, even as California fights to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that come from conventional power plants. State law forbids building more nuclear plants in California until the federal government creates a long-term solution for dealing with their waste, a goal that remains elusive despite decades of effort. “With this decision, we...
  • Brookfield to buy Westinghouse for $4.6 billion

    01/07/2018 7:54:34 PM PST · by Rabin · 19 replies
    world-nuclear-news ^ | 04 January 2018 | Staff
    Brookfield Business Partners, together with institutional partners - collectively known as Brookfield - has agreed to acquire 100% of Westinghouse Electric Company from Toshiba Corporation for total of about $4.6 billion, the companies announced today.
  • <B>DUCK & COVER

    Sixty years ago, in 1951, Ray Maurer and Anthony Rizzo produced a film for the federal government's Civil Defense agency in response to Soviet nuclear tests. Featuring an animated turtle named Bert and real-life schoolchildren from New York, the film, Duck and Cover, IT RETURNS
  • KFC mocks Trump's 'nuclear button' tweet in threat to McDonald's

    01/04/2018 12:57:52 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 50 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via WPXI ^ | January 4, 2018 | Najja Parker
    There were several reactions to President Donald Trump’s recent “nuclear button” tweet to North Korea, including one from one of his favorite fast-food spots. --snip-- KFC jokingly delivered a similar message to McDonald’s. The chain wrote, “McDonald’s leader Ronald just stated he has a ‘burger on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his big shoed, red nosed regime inform him that I too have a burger on my desk, but mine is a box meal which is bigger and more powerful than his, and mine has gravy! #nuclearbutton.” The tweet quickly went viral, garnering more than 150,000 retweets...
  • S. Korean military: No signs of N. Korea's imminent missile launch

    01/03/2018 6:46:11 PM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 1/4/18
    South Korea's defense authorities said Thursday there has been no indication of an imminent missile test by North Korea, responding to U.S. news reports that the secretive nation appears to be preparing to fire another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). "There is no activity that would lead to an assessment that a missile provocation by North Korea is imminent," Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a press briefing. He pointed out, however, that it's possible for the North to press ahead with a missile provocation anytime, adding South Korea and the United States are...
  • The ‘Nuclear Button’ Explained: For Starters, There’s No Button

    01/03/2018 6:59:11 AM PST · by Sopater · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 3, 2018 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    HONG KONG — President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, traded threats this week about the size, location and potency of their “nuclear buttons.” The image of a leader with a finger on a button — a trigger capable of launching a world-ending strike — has for decades symbolized the speed with which a nuclear weapon could be launched, and the unchecked power of the person doing the pushing. There is only one problem: There is no button.
  • 'No Option': Former Intelligence Chief Says US Needs To Accept North Korea's Nuclear Capability

    01/02/2018 6:32:37 PM PST · by blam · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1-2-2017 | David Choi
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave sobering assessment of North Korea's efforts to advance its nuclear and missile capabilities during an interview with CNN on Tuesday. "That train left station a long time ago," Clapper said of North Korea's willingness to halt its weapons program. "The North Koreans are not going to denuclearize." Clapper's comments stood in contrast to a fiery warning from the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who said on Tuesday that the US would not take talks between South Korea and North Korea seriously after South Korea proposed holding high-level talks between...
  • Kim Jong-un’s Overture to South Korea Signals Possible Thaw in Nuclear Crisis

    12/31/2017 9:54:06 PM PST · by Innovative · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | Dec. 31, 2017 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, moved Monday to ease his country’s isolation by offering to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, even as he claimed to have accomplished the ability to launch a nuclear missile at the mainland United States. Mixing the nuclear threat with an overture for easing tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula, Mr. Kim proposed immediate dialogue with South Korea to discuss the North’s participation in the Olympics. If such talks were held, they would mark the first time the two Koreas have had an official dialogue since the South’s new...
  • Loose talk about war with North Korea is irresponsible

    12/26/2017 11:53:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 25, 2017 | John R. Kasich
    With tensions continuing to build between the United States and North Korea, there’s growing talk by politicians and TV pundits that we are on the brink of war. In truth, we shouldn’t be anywhere close. This increasingly hot war of words — including loose talk about the probability of war — does nothing to bring us closer to where we need to be on North Korea, especially when military options short of war remain on the table. In fact, with millions of lives at stake, waging a war of words is a distraction from the serious task at hand. Any...
  • Pakistan Opens Fire Along Border Killing Indian Troops, Warns "Nuclear War Cannot Be Ruled Out"

    12/24/2017 4:52:01 PM PST · by blam · 60 replies
    Capitol Zero ^ | 12-24-2017
    With most of the Western hemisphere on holiday, another crisis appears to be developing on the India–Pakistan border known as the Line of Control (LoC). The incident started on Saturday, where at least four Indian soldiers were killed, in an exchange of fire with the Pakistani Army on the Line of Control (LoC) dividing Kashmir, ABC News reported. The two sides reportedly exchanged heavy fire in the Keri sector of the Rajouri district, about 222 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The skirmish started when Pakistani troops used automatic weapons,...
  • REPORT: Obama ‘Ripped Apart’ Feds Effort To Take Down Iranian Terrorists

    12/18/2017 12:52:43 PM PST · by detective · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/18/2017 | Saagar Enijeti
    Former President Barack Obama’s administration derailed efforts by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration to prosecute a Hezbollah crime syndicate over fears it would disrupt efforts to sign a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Politico reports. The Obama administration’s efforts included using elements of executive power like the Department of Justice and Department of State to quash efforts by law enforcement to drastically reign in Hezbollah operations. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down,” an analyst on the law enforcement effort told...
  • Russia Sharply Expanding Nuclear Arsenal, Upgrading Underground Facilities

    12/13/2017 5:19:08 PM PST · by familyop · 49 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 13, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    Pentagon to boost U.S. weapons under nuclear posture review Russia is aggressively building up its nuclear forces and is expected to deploy a total force of 8,000 warheads by 2026 along with modernizing deep underground bunkers, according to Pentagon officials. The 8,000 warheads will include both large strategic warheads and thousands of new low-yield and very low-yield warheads to circumvent arms treaty limits and support Moscow's new doctrine of using nuclear arms early in any conflict. In addition to expanding its warheads, Russia also is fortifying underground facilities for command and control during a nuclear conflict. One official said the...
  • Laser-driven technique for creating fusion is now within reach, say researchers

    12/13/2017 9:29:46 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 13, 2017 | Provided by: University of New South Wales
    A laser-driven technique for creating fusion that dispenses with the need for radioactive fuel elements and leaves no toxic radioactive waste is now within reach, say researchers. Dramatic advances in powerful, high-intensity lasers are making it viable for scientists to pursue what was once thought impossible: creating fusion energy based on hydrogen-boron reactions. And an Australian physicist is in the lead, armed with a patented design and working with international collaborators on the remaining scientific challenges. In a paper in the scientific journal Laser and Particle Beams today, lead author Heinrich Hora from the University of New South Wales in...
  • North Korea Has Already Hinted At Another Test Much More Dangerous Than An ICBM

    11/30/2017 2:36:03 PM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11-29-2017 | Alex Lockie
    North Korea launched its most capable missile on Tuesday, displaying a range that could most likely reach the US mainland — but the country has already hinted at a more dangerous test. In its state media, North Korea routinely swears to conduct missile tests and complete a missile program that can strike the US with nuclear weapons. But after US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea in a speech to the UN this summer, Pyongyang laid out another goal. North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said in September that the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, could...
  • 'Forget It': Bolton Says US Running Out Of Diplomatic Options With North Korea

    11/29/2017 1:18:33 PM PST · by blam · 65 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 11-29-2017
    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said today that the diplomatic options are running out after North Korea fired a new kind of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The rogue dictator Kim Jong Un boasted that the Hwasong-15 can be armed with a nuclear warhead and could strike the U.S. mainland. The ICBM was fired at 2:48 a.m. local time on Wednesday, the regime said, traveling 596 miles and demonstrating the potential to reach a range of 8,100 miles. Bolton said this test-launch is "significant" because, if the early estimates are confirmed, it leaves no doubt that Pyongyang is "getting very close"...
  • Lightning, with a chance of antimatter

    11/29/2017 11:01:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Kyoto University ^ | 27 November | Kyoto University
    Japanese netizens help scan lightning for gamma rays Japan -- A storm system approaches: the sky darkens, and the low rumble of thunder echoes from the horizon. Then without warning... Flash! Crash! -- lightning has struck. This scene, while familiar to anyone and repeated constantly across the planet, is not without a feeling of mystery. But now that mystery has deepened, with the discovery that lightning can result in matter-antimatter annihilation. In a collaborative study appearing in Nature, researchers from Japan describe how gamma rays from lightning react with the air to produce radioisotopes and even positrons -- the antimatter...
  • Report Of 'Extremely High' Radioactive Pollution Suggests Nuclear Cloud Came From Russia

    11/21/2017 9:19:17 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/21/17 | Alec Luhn
    Russia's meteorological service has reported “extremely high pollution” of a radioactive isotope in the Urals near a facility that previously suffered the third worst nuclear catastrophe in history. The news bolsters international reports that a ruthenium-106 leak originating in the Urals sent a radioactive cloud over Europe. Greenpeace Russia has said it will ask the prosecutor general to investigate the possible cover-up of a nuclear accident. Rosatom, Russia's state nuclear company, said in a statement to The Telegraph on Tuesday there had been "no unreported accidents" and the ruthenium-106 emission was "not linked to any Rosatom site". Its Mayak facility,...