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Quadcopter can inspect damaged nuclear reactors without putting workers at risk

“In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, they describe an autonomous quadcopter designed to inspect the interior of hazardous sites” writes Kyle Wiggers for venturebeat.com. In the aftermath of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan’s Honshu Island in 2011, primary power and cooling systems at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were knocked offline. Source: venturebeat.com

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U.S. senators seek probe of Trump admin nuclear energy talks with Saudi Arabia

“They also asked the GAO to review executive branch negotiations with Saudi Arabia on nuclear energy since 2009, when Democrat Barack Obama was president” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has had quiet talks with Saudi officials, including his friend, Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, on nuclear power.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic U.S. senator and his Republican counterpart on Friday asked Congress’ investigative arm to probe Trump administration talks with Saudi Arabia over sharing nuclear power technology. Source: 95kqds.com

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North Korea considering halting nuclear disarmament talks with US

“After two summits between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the reclusive Asian nation is considering halting nuclear talks with the U.S. North Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters Friday said the nation was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at the recent Hanoi, Vietnam summit, according to reports” reports washingtonexaminer.com. She said personal relations between the Trump and Un were “still good and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful.” [Related: Trump greets Kim Jong Un in Vietnam,…

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North Korea may suspend talks with ‘gangster-like’ US: Diplomat

“Bolton, who has argued for a tough approach to North Korea, said last week that Trump was open to more talks but also warned of tougher sanctions if the North did not denuclearise” reports tehrantimes.com. North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, news reports from the North’s capital have quoted a senior diplomat as saying. Source: tehrantimes.com

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Activists come under FBI scrutiny after Iran visit

“Since then, the U.S. has been trying to coerce the Europeans into following its lead and withdrawing from the nuclear accord with Iran” reports tehrantimes.com. According to Press TV, she visited Iran at the head of a 28-member delegation last month to push for peace amid the Trump administration’s stepped-up hostility towards Tehran following Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear deal. Source: tehrantimes.com

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NKorea earthquake: Nuke fears as tremors detected after ‘mine explosion’…

“Previous missile and nuclear tests in North Korea have triggered small earthquakes, although there is no evidence to suggest the latest tremors were caused by such tests” writes Chris Baynes for independent.co.uk. The two leaders’ second summit broke down without an agreement last week, with the US claiming North Korea had demanded an end to all sanctions in exchange for setting aside its nuclear ambitions. Source: independent.co.uk

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Former President Jimmy Carter offers to travel to North Korea to help Trump broker a nuclear deal with Kim Jong Un

“Carter’s visit helped to defuse the first North Korean nuclear crisis, paving the way for the Agreed Framework, in which North Korea agreed to give up its nuclear program in exchange for aid” writes Tom Porter for businessinsider.com. The nuclear summit between Trump and Kim came unstuck when Kim demanded an end to US sanctions. Source: businessinsider.com

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If you’re serious about climate change, you can’t say no to nuclear energy

“Nuclear power, though it gives left-wingers the shakes, is safe and reliable” writes Mona Charen for suntimes.com. They reduced their carbon emissions by 2 percent per year while still providing their people with affordable energy.The greatest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions were achieved by France in the 1970s and ’80s when the country made a big switch to nuclear energy. Source: suntimes.com

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The Fukushima nuclear meltdown, eight years on

“On its second day of reconnaissance, Sunfish Sunfish recorded the first signs of melted fuel inside a reactor” writes Roger Cheng for cnet.com. It’s just one of the many robots Tepco is using to clean up the power plant.Two 50-foot-high waves barreled straight at Fukushima Daiichi, washing over coastal seawalls and disabling the diesel generators powering the plant’s seawater cooling systems. Source: cnet.com

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The Inevitable Return of Muddling Along in North Korea

“Since the collapse of nuclear talks in Hanoi last week, North Korea experts have argued about what went wrong” writes Richard Fontaine for theatlantic.com. In return, North Korea was supposed to provide a faithful account of its nuclear program and destroy the cooling tower at its Yongbyon production facility.A simpler explanation for the summit’s failure is more convincing: The United States wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and facilities, and Pyongyang doesn’t want to do so.Donald Trump should have structured his offer differently, some said, aiming for…

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