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November 24, 2013
With this first step, we have created the time and the space in order to be able to pursue a comprehensive agreement… to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry stated in a speech from Geneva right after he and members from five other nations had come to a deal over Iran’s nuclear development Saturday night. 
11:37 // 11 months ago

From the United States statedept:

P5+1 foreign ministers, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif conclude negotiations about Iran’s nuclear capabilities at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, November 24, 2013. 

View more photos from the talks in Geneva, and read about the first step understandings regarding Iran’s nuclear program. [State Department photos/ Public Domain]

10:35 // 11 months ago
10:14 // 11 months ago
November 23, 2013

By the numbers: Quick stats on the Iran nuclear deal that was just reached

  • 5% the maximum level at which Iran can enrich its uranium, per the agreement; anything over that level (such as the 20 percent weapons-grade uranium the country has) must be diluted
  • zero the number of nuclear centrifuges Iran can build after the agreement passes; any of the 8,000 that the country currently has but are non-operational cannot be turned on, but those in operation won’t need to be dismantled
  • $6B+ the amount in sanctions relief the U.S. will offer Iran in exchange for the initial nuclear deal—an amount small enough that an executive order can do the trick
  • six the number of months the new deal buys the negotiators as far as creating a more in-depth deal source
23:23 // 11 months ago
February 22, 2013

Now, that can’t be good.

Radioactive stew is probably a recipe for disaster.


Now, that can’t be good.

Radioactive stew is probably a recipe for disaster.

18:38 // 1 year ago
July 1, 2012

Japan restarts first nuclear reactor since earthquake, Fukushima disaster

  • 70% of Japanese voters want to ditch nuclear power source

» But that’s not happening — at least not yet. A couple weeks back, the Japanese government agreed to let the Kansai Electric Power Co. restart two reactors at the country’s Ohi plant. On Sunday, one of those reactors started up again — and there were protests. One was 100 strong near the Ohi plant; another saw 7,000 people fill the streets of Tokyo. Most want to see the country end its dependence on nuclear power. Will public pressure make a difference here?

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11:37 // 2 years ago
December 28, 2011
Closing the Strait of Hormuz is very easy for Iranian naval forces. Iran has comprehensive control over the strategic waterway.
Iranian Adm. Habibollah Sayyari • Claiming that Iran has the ability to close the Strait of Hormuz, a major waterway that’s extremely important for the distribution of one-sixth of the world’s oil. Sayyari’s threats come as Iran worries that the U.S. and its allies will start to sanction Iran’s all-important oil supply out of frustration with the country’s controversial nuclear program. Congress recently passed a bill to sanction the country’s central bank, which Obama plans to sign despite having misgivings about the effects it might have. As tensions continue to rise over Iran’s nuclear program, could military action become an option for the U.S.? source (viafollow)
11:37 // 2 years ago
September 4, 2011

Big news: Iran’s energy grid officially includes nuclear power

  • what Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant has just connected to the country’s grid for the first time, making it the first time the Middle East has produced its own nuclear power.
  • when The plant “joined the national grid” at 11:29 p.m. last night (that was 2:59 p.m. Eastern), and will have a ceremony to inaugurate the plant on September 12. source
11:55 // 3 years ago
August 23, 2011
15:39 // 3 years ago
June 28, 2011
These drums are designed to a safety standard that would withstand a wildland fire worse than this one.
Los Alamos National Laboratory spokeswoman Lisa Rosendorf • Attempting to reassure people that, even as a large wildfire gets close to the birthplace of the atomic bomb — which has about 30,000 55-gallon drums of Cold War-era nuclear waste on the premises, located less than four miles away from the fire — that things are safe. Rosendorf says that it’s located in a place with few trees nearby, meaning that the fire would be unlikely to spread into that particular area, and if it did, it would not affect the drums. Let’s hope she’s right. source (viafollow)
10:39 // 3 years ago