November 30, 2005

Iran says nuclear talks set to resume

Iran said on Wednesday talks on what it says are civilian nuclear plans would begin within days with EU states, but Germany said Tehran would first have to try and dispel fears it really wanted to build the bomb.

"Preliminary negotiations will start within two weeks," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on a visit to Turkey. "The officials will negotiate the agenda and afterwards negotiations will start on a ministerial level." [via Yahoo! News]

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 60 years old

Happy 60 years!

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists celebrates its 60th anniversary Saturday with ceremonies in Chicago. More Information...

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' first issue appearing Dec. 10, 1945. The Bulletin soon gave birth to the Doomsday Clock, which has become a widely recognized icon symbolizing the threat of nuclear weapons and other dangers to global security.

I had a chance to visit them last year and it was a real honor to meet some of the fine people who publish one of my favorite magazines.
November 29, 2005

Glossary Updated!

We have added over 40 new terms and acroymns to our glossary section. They are mostly related to the nuclear power section that is under development.

The atomicarchive.com team
November 28, 2005

Book Review: All Things Nuclear

Book CoverOne difficultly in teaching nuclear issues to university level students is selecting a textbook that offers a wide range of topics. "All Things Nuclear" by Dr. James Warf was written to fill this need. To quote the book: "...Science is much too important to be left only to scientists." With this in mind, Dr. Warf has authored a book that covers a wide range of topics including nuclear medicine, power, and nuclear weapons. The book, 732 pages in length is now in its second edition. The book begins by chronicling the milestones of the discoveries in atomic physics, which then lays a historical and scientific foundation for any student to understand the development of the nuclear age.

Dr. Warf then provides the reader with an excellent account of nuclear science. Although it may be complex for a traditional non-science major, it is clear enough for most to grasp.

The book then examines the biological effects of ionizing radiation, as well as its role in fighting cancer and other peaceful uses of radioactivity. So often students of nuclear issues focus on either weapons or reactors. These chapters help give a wider perspective of "All Things Nuclear."

The book continues with an in depth review of nuclear power and its consequences including nuclear waste and proliferation of nuclear technology. Readers will be given a solid foundation of the technology and the larger issues of nuclear power, including looking at various power issues and their impact on the environment.

Dr. Warf concludes the survey by discussing the issue of nuclear weapons, their effects and the arms race. This section also gives an excellent overview of the development of each of the nuclear powers. This section encompasses about a third of book, and is a good reference of nuclear weapons.

My only criticism of the book was the clear opinions offered on certain topics. I did not expect to find this in a textbook. However, a teacher could leverage this to a wider discussion of the topic within the classroom. This fact is balanced by Dr. Warf's personal anecdotes of his involvement in the nuclear age. This will give readers a "human-side" of this incredible saga and keeps the information from being just a story of events years ago with people who have died.

Overall, if instructors are looking for a general survey test on the nuclear age, one should consider "All Things Nuclear".

November 18, 2005

Iran admits having nuclear black market data

Iran has acknowledged that it obtained instructions on how to enrich uranium, which can used to make nuclear arms, from the black market network of Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said in a confidential report seen Friday by the Associated Press.

The International Atomic Energy Agency report also said Iran was not giving inspectors access to a sensitive site that could be used to store equipment indicating whether the military is running a secret nuclear program.The five-page report was prepared for Thursday's meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation board, which could decide to refer Tehran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions for violating an international nuclear arms control treaty. [MSNBC.com]

Iran gave IAEA instructions for A-bomb part

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a confidential report on Friday it had found an Iranian document which one European diplomat described as a "cookbook" for a nuclear weapon.

"Also among the documents was one ... on the casting and machining of enriched, natural and depleted uranium into hemispherical forms," said the report by International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei to the IAEA board of governors, which was seen by Reuters. [Yahoo! News]
November 17, 2005

Site Updates

Frequent visitors to our site might notice a slight change to some of the menu pages throughout the site. The most notable change is the design of the home page. After conducting a usabilty study during the Teaching Non-Proliferation Conference, we felt that we needed to showcase the content of the site in a better fashion.

In the old design, the sections were listed to the right of the home page, with the "This Month in Atomic History" and any major site news listed on the left. This design just was not working for the visitor that entered the site from the home page. The site's sections needed to displayed above the fold and in an engaging fashion. The new design was fairly straight forward to wireframe out and mock up.

But like a pebble in the pond, just modify the home page, meant updating all the menu pages of the site.

Another ongoing effort is keep atomicarchive.com a showcase of a web standards based design and with some semantic strucutre. So removing the old HTML markup and creating a leaner markup was another goal.

We hope that you like the new look, and have some more 'updates' in the pipeline.
November 16, 2005

Iran starts converting new uranium batch

Iran has begun processing a new batch of uranium despite Western pressure on it to halt sensitive atomic work, possibly harming attempts to defuse a standoff over its nuclear aims, a diplomat said on Wednesday.

Iran had notified the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in late October that it intended to process a new batch of uranium at its Isfahan uranium conversion plant but did not start the work last week as originally planned.

'Conversion has resumed,' the diplomat, who is close to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told Reuters. A spokesman for the U.N. nuclear watchdog did not confirm the statement, but said IAEA inspectors were in Isfahan. [via Yahoo! News]
November 07, 2005

2005-Carnegie Non-Proliferation Conference underway

Today and tomorrow, the Carnegie Non-Proliferation Conference is underway. Some of the Nuclear Pathways members are attended. You can view various presentations at : www.carnegieendowment.org/static/npp/2005conference/2005_conference.htm
November 03, 2005

Six-Party Talks to resume Nov. 9

Six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program will resume Nov. 9 in Beijing, after a two-month break, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

"We will push for new progress at these talks," said spokesman Kong Quan during a regular briefing in Beijing. "The key is to come up with constructive measures to put the joint statement into action."

North Korea agreed to give up its nuclear weapons on Sept. 19 in a deal brokered by China in Beijing. The joint statement, also signed by the U.S., South Korea, Japan and Russia, declares that North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for food, development aid and full diplomatic ties with the others.

North Korea said today a "fair solution" to the nuclear issue depends on the U.S. providing the communist country with light-water reactors for generating power and ending the "nuclear threat" against it. [via Bloomberg.com]
November 02, 2005

Iran to process fresh batch of uranium

Iran will process a new batch of uranium at its Isfahan nuclear plant beginning next week, despite pressure from the United States and European Union to halt all sensitive nuclear work, diplomats said on Wednesday.

"Beginning next week, the Iranians will start a new phase of uranium conversion at Isfahan. They will begin feeding a new batch of uranium into the plant," a European diplomat familiar with the result of inspections of the U.N. nuclear watchdog told Reuters on condition of anonymity. [via Yahoo! News]

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