Nuclear

World’s 1st Colour X-Ray Performed On a Human

New Zealand scientists have performed the first-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on a human. The device is based on the traditional X-ray but incorporates particle-tracking technology developed for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. This colour X-ray imaging will produce more accurate pictures & help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses. CERN is a European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Olympic torch relay to start in Fukushima

Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics say the torch relay will start in Fukushima, an area hit by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The relay will start on March 26, 2020 in Fukushima and will head southward to Okinawa before making its way north again and arriving in Tokyo on July 10. The route was approved by the organizing committee.

Curiousity Rover takes photo of Storm in Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has sent pictures of a dust storm in Mars over the last 2 weeks while NASA’s Opportunity rover to suspend operations. The Curiosity rover is powered by Nuclear energy and Opportunity is powered by sunlight are studying Martian soil at Gale Crater. The atmospheric haze blocking sunlight is called “Tau” . The 2 rovers are a part of NASA Science Lab Mission.

Pakistan has more nuclear warheads than India

Pakistan, with 140-150 nuclear warheads, is ahead of India which has 130-140 warheads, according to a report by global think-tank SIPRI. “India and Pakistan are both expanding their nuclear weapon stockpiles as well as developing new land-, sea- and air-based missile delivery systems,” the report stated. Meanwhile, US and Russia are on top with 6,450 and 6,850 warheads, respectively.

World first EPR nuclear reactor begins

A third generation EPR reactor in China carried out its first nuclear chain reaction, an initial start up which is a world first for the much-delayed European technology. The European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) in China “carried out its first chain and therefore it has started. The reactor is not expected to be completed until the mid 2020s.

India test-fires nuclear capable Agni-5

India has successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed nuclear capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-5 from Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. Unlike other missiles of the series, Agni-5 is the most advanced with new technologies in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine. The missile has been developed by DRDO and has a strike range of 5,000 kilometers.

North Korea dismantled its nuclear test site

25 : North Korea has carried out demolition of its Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a series of huge explosions. Destruction of the nuclear testing tunnels at Punggye-ri is a tangible step toward denuclearization goal that Kim Jong-un agreed to at the 27 April Panmunjom Summit. North Korea permitted a group of journalists from Britain, China, Russia, South Korea and US to watch the destruction.

World’s first floating nuclear power station

20 : Russia has unveiled the world’s first floating nuclear power station to meet its growing electricity needs. The ship holds two 35 megawatt nuclear reactors that can produce enough electricity to power a town of 200,000 residents. It will be primarily used to power oil rigs as Russia pushes further north into the Arctic to drill for oil and gas and needs electricity in far-flung locations.

NPCIL won Russian award for ‘Atom on Wheels’

Nuclear Power Corp of India has won the top award in public communication category at the 10th anniversary of international event ATOMEXPO. NPCIL won the award for its “Atom on Wheels” campaign started in 2016 to spread awareness in rural areas about the benefits of nuclear energy. The campaign mounted on wheels covered 6 lakh rural population in 6 states with material on nuclear technology

UN’s top nuclear inspector resigns suddenly

UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency has informed that its top inspector, Tero Varjoranta, has quit with immediate effect. Varjoranta, who was in the role for almost 5 yrs, will be replaced by Massimo Aparo, an Italian nuclear engineer. The move comes just days after US President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

North Korea pledges to dismantle nuclear site

North Korea will commence dismantling its nuclear test site later this month in a bid to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests. The tunnel complex located in the northeastern part of the country which was used for nuclear testing will be destroyed completely. The announcement comes after US President Donald Trump announced that he will hold a meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

Vijay Prahar exercise under way in Rajasthan

More than 20,000 troops of strike formations of the Indian Army’s South Western Command were engaged in “Vijay Prahar” exercise near Suratgarh in Rajasthan. The aim of the exercise is to fine-tune jointmanship with the Indian Air Force. The other aspects which were focused were fighting capabilities through armed helicopters and fighting and operate in the nuclear environment.

North Korea halts nuclear, missile tests

21 : North Korea has agreed to end its tests of nuclear weapons & intercontinental ballistic missiles & shut down its nuclear test siteThe surprise announcement comes as North Korea prepares for talks with South Korea & US. Kim Jong-un has said his country no longer needed any nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it has completed its goal of developing nuclear weapons.

NPCIL & NSDC signed a MoU

The National Skill Development Corporation signed a MoU with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited to provide skill training to 500 youth and women at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.The skill development project will be executed by NSDC.The skill development project aims to provide gainful employment to nearly 70% of the trained candidates post-training.

UAE is 1st Arab Country to have Nuclear Power

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated the completion of the first-ever Nuclear Power Plant not only in the country but the whole Arab Gulf Region. The $20 billion Barakah Plant west of Abu Dhabi has been constructed by a consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corp in nine years. It‘s one of the four nuclear reactors being constructed with South Korea‘s cooperation.

Bhel secures order worth crores from NPCIL

Bharat Heavy Electricals has secured a significant order worth Rs.736 Crore for supply of Steam Generators from Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL). The Steam Generators will be used for a 700 MWe Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor to be installed at Gorakhpur Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna in Fatehabad district of Haryana. The Steam Generators will be manufactured at the Tiruchirappalli.

Russia seeks ?125 crore to repair INS Chakra

Russian authorities have demanded over $20 million for rectifying the damage suffered by nuclear submarine INS Chakra, which was dry-docked last week.Before INS Chakra, indigenously built nuclear ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant suffered extensive damage because of human error over a year ago. INS Chakra is a Russia-made, nuclear-propelled, hunter-killer submarine.

Fukushima Nuclear Decommission

Japan’s trade ministry has almost doubled the estimated cost of compensation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant. The trade ministry at the end of 2013 calculated the cost at 11 trillion yen, which was comprised of 5.4 trillion yen for compensation. The new estimate raised the cost of compensation to 8 trillion yen.