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International roundtable series launches on nuclear disarmament and economic development

Today on its website, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists launches a new monthly Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Development Roundtable series in which experts from emerging and developing countries debate crucial, timely topics in nuclear energy, nuclear proliferation, and economic development.

The Nuclear Security Summit: Wins, losses, and draws

The just-concluded fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit saw some serious progress, but also some missed opportunities.
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Introducing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

Over the last two years, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the University of Chicago have created an online tool that will help countries understand the true cost of choosing the reprocessing route—and perhaps help limit the spread of nuclear reprocessing. Here's how.

Drones at nuclear power plants: enemies or helpers?

Small, unmanned aircraft can perform critical tasks after a nuclear accident, but may be a security threat otherwise. Here’s how to separate good drones from bad ones.

Cyber security at nuclear facilities: US-Russian joint support needed

The current political climate makes it difficult for the United States and Russia to cooperate on cyber security, but they can start by supporting other nations that have civilian nuclear facilities.

The US-Russian teamwork that kept nuclear weapons safe

How scientists from once-and-future adversaries cooperated to prevent nuclear catastrophe.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Special Issue: Nuclear Energy in the Middle East

For immediate release: January 15, 2016 Bulletin Media Contact: Janice Sinclaire, [email protected] CHICAGO– January 15, 2016 – The nuclear agreement that Iran and six major world powers signed in 2015 has focused attention on Middle Eastern nuclear politics. But as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Executive Editor and Publisher, Rachel Bronson, observes, that deal … Continued

Safety—the overlooked crucial issue in Iranian nuclear negotiations

Nuclear safety doesn’t get much press, but making sure power plants can withstand dangers should be an important part of the talks
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Treasure Island cleanup exposes Navy’s mishandling of its nuclear past

For decades before it was selected for closure, the Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay overhauled military ships and housed nuclear war academies that used radium, plutonium, and cesium 137 in their training courses. The Navy knew for years that those materials were not always in safe hands. But it did not acknowledge that history publicly, and as a result, workers preparing for civilian redevelopment may have inadvertently spread radioactive material around the island, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has found in a yearlong investigation co-published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi at the Bushehr Nuclear Plant in 2015.

How to reduce the risk of a catastrophic spent nuclear fuel fire near the Persian Gulf

Several major cities in the Persian Gulf region could be contaminated by cesium 137 fallout if a spent fuel fire occurred at the Barakah or Bushehr nuclear power plants. The possibility that an accident or terrorist attack could start such a fire is real.

Improving the communication of risks before, during, and after a nuclear accident

Governments need to think more holistically about the risks of a nuclear accident—and educate the public about them.

How do humans make sense of the bomb? A photo essay.

The atomic bomb is a weapon of war, an enforcer of peace, a talisman of sovereignty, a fountainhead of undying radioactivity, and a fateful burden for humans into the far future. In this photo essay, the bomb’s physical presence is made visible.
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Fusion reactors: Not what they’re cracked up to be

Long touted as the “perfect” energy source, fusion reactors share many drawbacks with fission—and even add a few new ones of their own.

It is still three minutes to midnight

In keeping the hands of the Doomsday Clock at three minutes to midnight, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board mean to make a clear statement: The world situation remains highly threatening to humanity, and decisive action to reduce the danger posed by nuclear weapons and climate change is urgently required.

Rebranding Chernobyl

A team of Ukrainian graphic designers has created an ever-changing image that captures the evolving aftermath of nuclear disaster.
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What is Euratom and why has it emerged as a Brexit battleground?

What happens to nuclear safety and security if Britain leaves? And what happens to cancer patients who depend upon medical radioisotopes from continental Europe?

From the Bulletin archives: Selected readings on Chernobyl

The crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, has brought the past tragedies at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island into the spotlight again. To offer a more thorough understanding of Chernobyl, the Bulletin has compiled this reading list from its archives. Dating from 1945 to 1998 and 1998 to present, the Bulletin's archives are a valuable resource for those interested in additional materials.

Lessons from a Mexican theft

What the hijack of a truck carrying radioactive material says about nuclear security. 

Five assessments of the Fukushima disaster

A survey of books on the catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, three years after the earthquake and tsunami known collectively as 3/11.