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Podcasts and UN Radio


17 November 2014 | Food Safety, Consumer Protection and Trade
The IAEA is promoting nuclear techniques and technology in its Member States to make food safe for consumers. These techniques allow detecting food fraud and identifying chemicals in food that would be harmful to human health.
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20 October 2014 | What is nuclear medicine?
What is nuclear medicine? What are its applications? How does it work? To answer these questions, UN radio talk with Dr. Diana Paez Gutierrez, head of the Nuclear Medicine Section, Division of Human Health, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
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5 September 2014 | Conditioning Disused Radioactive Sources
Lightning rods are used to protect buildings from lightning strikes. In the past, such rods were manufactured to include a radioactive source. Now the IAEA is helping Montenegro to remove these sources and manage them safely.
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21 July 2014 | Improving Diets of Vulnerable Populations
A five-year long project is to be undertaken by the IAEA to improve the diet, nutritional status and ultimately the health of vulnerable populations. The project will assess the impact of children and women's health when more nutritious food is produced and eaten.
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10 July 2014 | The Rice is Right
In Zanzibar farmers are growing a new variety of rice that was created using nuclear technology. The rice variety has a higher yield than other varieties and is proving to be really popular in the tropical island.
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4 July 2014 | Addressing Radon Exposure
Radon is a naturally occurring element which has radioactive properties. The IAEA is working with their European Member states to build a framework to protect people from the harmful effects of the element.
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17 June 2014 | Cancer-causing radon exposure addressed by UN agency
Efforts are being made at the United Nations to address a radio-active element which is commonly found in the environment and which has potentially deadly consequences
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6 June 2014 | Nuclear Science helps farmers to increase production in Zanzibar
With IAEA assistance, farmers on the island of Zanzibar are growing a new type of rice, SUPA BC, created by using radiation techniques.
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16 May 2014 | Nuclear Cooperation In Africa
The IAEA and its African Member States have formed a partnership to promote the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology in Africa. The partnership has helped solve developmental issues in the continent and on 19 May 2014 the countries will celebrate the 25th year of its formation.
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28 April 2014 | Eradication of tsetse fly in Senegalese region by 2016: UN agencies
A pilot programmes by the IAEA and the FAO in the Niayes area near the Senegalese capital Dakar suggests that the fly could be successfully eradicated.
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16 April 2014 | Nuclear Science in Cancer Treatment
Radiation Oncology is a medical method used for treating cancer. The Agency provides its Member States with the assistance needed to build the infrastructure and train personnel to implement the treatment.
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7 April 2014 | Small Bite, Big Threat
Mosquitos can carry diseases and sometimes one bite is enough to make a person sick. With the help of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) the IAEA is working hard to control mosquito numbers in their Member States.
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20 March 2014 | Ask the Experts: Eliminating Pests with SIT
The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is used to control and eradicate pests. The IAEA provides Member States through its field projects with the techniques and infrastructure needed to run the programme.
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21 February 2014 | Ask the Experts: Irradiation for Preservation
Alongside traditional methods of preservation and processing, the technology of food irradiation is gaining attention around the world. Food irradiation can prevent food spoilage and slow down ripening in fruits and vegetables.
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19 February 2014 | University of Leadership
The World Nuclear University (WNU), with the cooperation of the IAEA, is committed to enhancing international education and leadership in the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. The IAEA also provides financial support for a limited number of participants from developing countries.
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17 February 2014 | Ask the Experts: Fight Against Cancer
The IAEA has been working for over four decades to bring affordable cancer therapy technology to its Member States through various programmes and partnerships.
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13 February 2014 | Ask the Experts: Benefits of Mutation Breeding
With the help of radiation-induced mutation, the Plant Breeding and Genetic Laboratories of the IAEA is enhancing global food security.
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4 February 2014 | World Cancer Day: IAEA to spearhead the fight against cancer
The IAEA promotes technical radiology and radiotherapy to reduce the burden of disease attributable to cancer, in collaboration with its partners.
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4 February 2014 | IAEA dismisses myths about cancer
Dr Hania Morsi, Founder and Chairman, Khartoum Breast Cancer Centre, who recently participated at the IAEA World Cancer Day event, explained about how cancer has become one of the biggest causes of death in the world and challenges facing proper diagnosis in developing countries.
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3 February 2014 | Facilitating Affordable Cancer Care
Radiotherapy is one of the essential components of treatment for many forms of cancer. The IAEA is working with manufactures and medical experts to bring affordable radiotherapy to developing countries.
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31 January 2014 | Halting the Spread of UG99
UG99 is a deadly disease affecting wheat and is spreading rapidly throughout the world. The IAEA is releasing resistant wheat varieties as well as providing training in mutation techniques to countries for combating its spread
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21 January 2014 | New resistant wheat varieties halt spread of deadly disease
In the fight to combat the spread of UG99, the IAEA is working to distribute the new resistant mutant wheat lines to other countries, in addition to providing training in mutation techniques.
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17 January 2014 | Water of Hope
The Sahel region of Africa suffers from droughts and severe water shortages. The IAEA, using nuclear techniques, will map the aquifers in the region for better management of the resources.
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13 December 2013 | Expanding the Use of Nuclear Science
Nuclear technology and techniques have uses in different fields. The Latin American and Caribbean countries met at the IAEA headquarters in May to prepare a framework for using these technologies to help solve their regional problems
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22 November 2013 | Sharing the Water Wealth
Chad, Egypt, Sudan and Libya share the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer. The four countries have agreed on a UN backed plan to optimize the use of their underground aquifer system and improve their management of water resources.
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15 November 2013 | The promotion of peaceful uses of technology helps improve the lives of people in Jamaica
Jamaica attaches great importance to the vital work of the IAEA in fostering nuclear safety and security and promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technology.
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8 November 2013 | Going Online to Fight Cancer
The VUCCnet is the programme initiated by the IAEA Programme of Action for Cancer Treatment (PACT) to help train healthcare workers in Africa. The VUCCnet will offer an e-learning platform to train the healthcare workers in cancer care and treatment.
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24 October 2013 | Towards Eradication of Tsetse Fly
Tsetse flies are found in Africa and have caused much harm to the continent by spreading deadly diseases in humans and livestock. African Countries with the support of IAEA are working to control the pest using the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT).
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24 October 2013 | Detecting Avian Flu
The H7N9 avian influenza virus was detected in China early this year. The IAEA has conducted two workshops for their Member States to help them identify H7N9 and improve their preparedness if the virus spreads to their country.
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24 October 2013 | Improving Yields, Improving Lives
Climate change is affecting agriculture yields around the world. The IAEA held a training course for its Member States to adapt to these problems with the help of nuclear techniques.
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18 October 2013 | Libya, Chad, Egypt and Sudan agree to fairly share their "water wealth"
Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan share the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS), the world's largest known "fossil" water aquifer system.
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18 September 2013 | Four African Nations Agree to Water Management Programme
Seeking to improve their management of water resources, four northeast African nations today agreed at the IAEA to establish a long-term framework for utilizing a key underground water system.  
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18 September 2013 | Professor Barawa, Minister of Communication, Science and Technology, United Republic of Tanzania, talks about the sterile insect technique.   Listen to UN radio report (Kiswahili)


9 September 2013 | Scientists tackle impact of climate change on polar and mountainous ecosystems
In a meeting held recently at the IAEA, scientists discussed a proposal that will be used to improve understanding of the impact of climate change on fragile polar and mountainous ecosystems of the world.
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6 September 2013 | Disease-resistant wheat varieties debut in Kenya
Two new varieties of disease-resistant wheat have been introduced to farmers in Kenya.
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2 September 2013 | Tanzania benefits from UN agencies' workshop on water
The FAO and the IAEA recently organized a six-week training course on agricultural water management for their member states.
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21 August 2013 | UN nuclear agency helps to map available water in Africa's Sahel region
The IAEA is working together with the Sahel countries to map the available groundwater in the region, using a technique known as "Isotope Hydrology".
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3 July 2013 | African countries battle deadly tsetse fly with help from UN atomic energy agency
With the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the use of the Sterile Insect Technique, some African countries are winning their fight to control the pest.
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11 June 2013 | IAEA hosts expert meeting to improve cooperation framework for Latin America and the Caribbean
The role of nuclear techniques in helping to tackle a range of development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean was the focus of a recent meeting held at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.

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1 April 2013 | Indonesia: Safer food for a growing population
The International Atomic Energy Agency is helping Indonesia
to keep its food safe with irradiation.

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18 March 2013 | Nuclear technology to fight malnutrition in Latin America
Through its technical cooperation programme, the IAEA is working with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean
to support national efforts to combat malnutrition among schoolchildren.

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19 November 2012 | How nuclear technology supports development and south-south cooperation
Kwaku Aning is IAEA Deputy Director and head of its Department of Technical Cooperation. He tells Louise Potterton that facilitating development has always been part of the agency's mandate.

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23 October 2012 | Cameroon gets help for rapid diagnosis of animal diseases
The IAEA is helping to diagnose animal diseases, in a country where over a third of the population depend on livestock for their livelihoods.
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20 June 2012 | UN nuclear energy agency to launch centre to study ocean acidification.
The IAEA is supporting research and action on this problem by creating the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre at its laboratories in Monaco.

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18 June 2012 | IAEA in Rio: the fight against ocean acidification
Warnau Michel, Laboratory Head of IAEA's radioecology and environmental laboratories was present at an event at Rio+20 to announce the creation of a Centre for Research on ocean acidification.
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26 November 2011 | Innovative irrigation methods helping Kenyan farmers
Water scarcity problems in Kenya mean that many farmers have to struggle to irrigate their farms. But help is now coming in the form of the IAEA, who is helping farmers make the most of their limited resources through innovative methods involving nuclear techniques.
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16 August 2011 | Managing water efficiently using nuclear-based techniques
Nuclear-based techniques are effective for measuring the amount of nutrients absorbed by plants and the soil. These techniques also help develop efficient water management strategies for crop production and environmental preservation. Joseph Miriti, a soil scientist from Kenya, learned that from a training organized by the UN’s nuclear agency, IAEA, in Vienna.
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15 August 2011 | Kenyan agricultural specialist continues to benefit from IAEA fellowship
KARI, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, has sent many agricultural specialists to participate in a fellowship programme sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA.
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12 August 2011 | Sierra Leonean agronomist shares drip irrigation technique
Rain in Sierra Leone is becoming scare because of climate change. The farmers are the ones suffering the most, says agronomist Samuel Soki Harding. Their harvest is poor and they still rely on old farming techniques. Harding learned about drip irrigation at a training organized by the IAEA in Nairobi, Kenya.
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10 August 2011 | Kenyan scientist learns conservation techniques through IAEA fellowship
Jeremiah Kimingo is an agricultural scientist at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and a fellow in 2010 at the IAEA in Vienna, Austria. As Kenya is one of the top users of nitrogen fertilizer on the continent, Mr. Kimingo was able to learn conservation techniques during his fellowship.
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9 August 2011 | Kenyan scientist explores new technology to fight soil fatigue
Soil fatigue presents a major challenge in Kenya. Kizito Kwena, a soil scientist and recent fellow with the International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA has finished a training that will give him the tools to deal with the issue.
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8 August 2011 | IAEA Programme helps build capacity
The Technical Cooperation Department of the IAEA operates a unique training programme that gives men and women from all its member states a chance to get project-related, on-the-job experience and training at the Agency’s laboratories and in the field projects around the world.
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27 December 2010 | Nuclear technology preserves works of art
Works of art which have been attacked by bacteria, fungi, mould and insects are being protected thanks to nuclear technology.
The techniques are supported by the IAEA, which operates projects to preserve cultural heritage artefacts using radiation.
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8 June 2010 | Toxic Playpens: Children and Lead Pollution
An estimated 120 million people worldwide are exposed to lead in the environment and dangerous levels of lead poisoning are found in children in some 80 countries, including the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Sasha Henriques speaks with victims of lead poisoning, as well as Jamaican scientists and experts at the IAEA about the issue.
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23 March 2010 | Drip irrigation makes efficient use of scarce water resources
Scientists from the Joint Division of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization  and the IAEA, in Vienna, Austria are helping farmers around the world to make the most of their water resources.  Using nuclear techniques that show precisely how much water and fertilizers different plant varieties need, the experts are promoting a system called “drip irrigation”.
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8 January 2010 | Global fight to preserve daily bread
For over 10,000 years wheat farmers have been battling against stem rust – a plant killing fungus that can decimate crops.
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17 September 2009 | Nuclear Science and Technology in Africa
For 20 years, an intergovernmental agreement supported by the IAEA has contributed to foster nuclear science and technology for African development. Louise Potterton speaks to the outgoing chairperson of the agreement - known as AFRA - Professor Evelyne Mbede of Tanzania.
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5 May 2009 | Combatting Wheat Rust
A new strain of wheat rust - known as Ug99 - is decimating wheat fields worldwide. But help could be at hand in the form of nuclear science. The Joint Division of the IAEA and the UN´s Food and Agriculture Organization has brought together experts from around the world to develop Ug99 resistant wheat varieties by using radiation to induce mutations in seeds. Louise Potterton spoke to one of the experts, William Wagoire from Uganda, who first detected the new strain.
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30 April 2009 | Searching for Pollution in the Caribbean
The IAEA is using nuclear technologies to study coastal pollution in 12 Caribbean countries. The project, which operates in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is coordinated by the IAEA´s Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco. Louise Potterton spoke to Joan Albert Sanchez Cabeza, who heads the Radiometrics Laboratory in Monaco.
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18 March 2009 | Addressing Concerns About Food Irradiation´s Safety
David Byron, Head of the IAEA´s Food and Environment Protection Section, talks to Sasha Henriques about the use of irradiation to protect people from food-borne illnesses caused by harmful micro-organisms.
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