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22 July 2016 News Story

New Indoor Positioning Technology to Improve Efficiency and Accuracy of Safeguards Inspections

An indoor positioning technology originally invented to help rescue firefighters will soon be put to use to help IAEA safeguards inspectors verify States’ legal commitment only to use nuclear material and facilities for peaceful purposes.

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21 July 2016 News Story

How Nuclear Technology Helps Sudanese People Cope with Climate Change

The impact of climate change on millions of people in Sudan extends from how it deteriorates soil quality where their food grows to its influence on the spread of disease-carrying insects. Scientists in Sudan are now using nuclear and conventional techniques to find ways to adapt to and mitigate the impact of these changes.

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20 July 2016 News Story

IAEA Experts to Participate in Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management

The IAEA will showcase its newest nuclear verification monitoring equipment and sampling practices, as well its state-level safeguards approach at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) later this month.

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19 July 2016 News Story

IAEA Launches New Version of Advanced Reactors Database

The IAEA recently launched a new design of its Advanced Reactors Information System (ARIS) database, which provides detailed technical summaries of the various advanced reactors being offered globally.

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18 July 2016 News Story

IAEA Director General Marks 25th Anniversary of Brazilian – Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano congratulated Brazil and Argentina on the 25th anniversary of the Brazilian – Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC), today.

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15 July 2016 News Story

Maternal HIV Status does not Influence Infant Growth, IAEA Study Finds

There are no differences in growth, body composition or breast milk intake among HIV-negative infants, whether born to HIV-positive or HIV-negative mothers, an IAEA-supported research project in Kenya has found.

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13 July 2016 News Story

Using Nuclear Techniques to Monitor the Health of Coral Reefs

Pollution and climate change pose a serious threat to coastal and marine environments. Coral reefs, the diverse underwater ecosystems that provide valuable habitat and serve as a spawning ground for a large variety of species, are particularly vulnerable to changes in the marine ecosystem.

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11 July 2016 News Story

Electricity and Energy Experts Discuss Role of Nuclear in Global Energy Mix at IAEA Meeting

Nuclear power needs to be more progressive and it has to accelerate innovation in order to be competitive and to coexist with other clean energy sources in the future energy mix, participants in an IAEA meeting concluded.

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11 July 2016 News Story

Lab to Help Diagnosis of Animal Diseases Using Nuclear-Derived Techniques Opens in Botswana

Jwaneng, Botswana – Botswana’s first-ever rural veterinary disease diagnostic laboratory, opened here last week, will contribute to food security, nutrition and increased beef exports through the use of serological, molecular, nuclear and nuclear derived techniques for the early and rapid diagnosis of various animal diseases.

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7 July 2016 News Story

Affecting Rich and Poor: Malnutrition in Latin America and How Nuclear-Related Techniques can Help

Of growing concern in the region is the double burden of malnutrition: when undernutrition and obesity happen at the same time. Changing diets and lifestyles are leading to more obesity and overweight, which coexist with iron deficiencies and undernutrition.

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6 July 2016 News Story

Gearing up to Uranium Mining, Botswana Establishes Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring

Gaborone, Botswana – What do elephant dung and gold mine tailings have in common? Both provide excellent samples to establish the level of naturally occurring radioactivity in Botswana’s efforts to define baseline levels for background radiation as the country gets ready to license its first ever uranium mine.

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6 July 2016 News Story

Accepting Applications: First Nuclear Energy Management School in Russia

Senior personnel and decision makers working on developing national nuclear energy programmes have until 15 July to apply for the Nuclear Energy Management School (NEM) to be held from 5 to 16 September 2016 at the Saint-Petersburg branch of the Rosatom Central Institute for Continuing Education and Training (CICE&T) in the Russian Federation.

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5 July 2016 News Story

IAEA Impact: How Nuclear Technology Helps Women Farmers in Sudan Move Out of Poverty

Kassala, Sudan — On the edge of Sudan under the blistering sun, women covered colourfully head-to-toe chatter away as they harvest lush green vegetables to feed their families, their neighbours, and their wallets. Their fields thrive among long stretches of parched earth because nuclear science has helped them make the most of limited water supplies and optimize fertilizer use.

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1 July 2016 News Story

Poland Progresses in Developing Infrastructure for its Nuclear Power Programme, IAEA Review Concludes

Poland has implemented all the recommendations of a 2013 IAEA Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission, a team of experts concluded last week.

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30 June 2016 News Story

Strengthening Nuclear Law in Asia and the Pacific: IAEA Legal Workshop in Singapore

The importance of having an adequate national nuclear legal framework in place, as well as IAEA legislative assistance in establishing and maintaining up-to-date national legislation were among the issues that over 50 legal experts from 19 IAEA Member States discussed during a sub-regional workshop hosted in Singapore recently.

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29 June 2016 News Story

Scientists Study Atoms in Soil to Find Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Balancing how fertilizer, water and soil are used with agricultural crops has proven useful for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that drive climate change and global warming. But striking an optimal balance requires understanding how these factors are influenced by different soil and environmental conditions as well as farm management practices.

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28 June 2016 News Story

IAEA Impact: How a Nuclear Technique Helped Save the Western Cape’s Orange Industry

Citrusdal, South Africa – Every morning at 7 a.m. a small airplane takes off to swoop around a fertile valley amidst the scenic mountains of Western Cape in South Africa, offloading its cargo of 1 000 000 ready-to-mate moths.

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28 June 2016 News Story

IAEA Boosts Skills in Asia with Nuclear Reactor Simulators Course

Through a training course in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, held this month the IAEA presented computer simulation tools to university professors, nuclear professionals and regulatory authorities in Asia to demonstrate the physics and operational response characteristics of a nuclear reactor.

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27 June 2016 News Story

Cooperation with Uruguay to Focus on Health, IAEA Director General Says in Montevideo

Health care, including cancer control, is the main focus of the IAEA's support to Uruguay, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in Montevideo on Friday. While Uruguay has well-equipped and well-staffed cancer and nuclear medicine centres, there is high demand for qualified medical physicists for radiation medicine applications.

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27 June 2016 News Story

New IAEA Handbook Helps Doctors Deal With Social Aspects of Nuclear or Radiological Accidents

"Historically, the main concern of medical professionals was the symptom. The patient was a carrier of symptoms to which observation, medical reasoning, and techniques were applied. Therefore, the medical concern did not extend much farther than the biological body. Even when operating in a public health capacity, it was not seen as the responsibility of medical professionals to understand socio-cultural factors, even when they had an obvious influence on outcomes.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident of March 11, 2011 has challenged these assumptions."

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Last update: 22 July 2016