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Brazil's New Weapon Vs. Zika: Gamma Rays

Officials hope by sterilizing male mosquitoes they can curb spread of virus

(Newser) - With the 2016 Olympics in Rio right around the corner, Brazil is bringing in the big guns to fight Zika—specifically, a gamma ray device to sterilize the mosquitoes that carry the virus, Reuters reports. A nonprofit group will breed up to 12 million of the male insects a week... More »

IAEA: Iran Gave Us Nuke Test Samples, but It's OK

Yukiya Amano vouches for 'authenticity' of samples taken from Parchin site

(Newser) - It's been 10 years since International Atomic Energy Agency reps have visited Iran's Parchin military site, but they were there yesterday to inspect a building and take environmental samples as part of their quest to keep a sharp eye on the country's nuclear machinations, Reuters reports. Yukiya... More »

Iran Nuke Inspectors Ready to Go High-Tech

IAEA task force has been slowed down by antiquated equipment—until now

(Newser) - Iran has labeled international inspections at its main atomic sites over the past 18 months as "the most intrusive and robust" of that any country has faced, per the New York Times . But inspection leaders say they've actually been hampered this whole time by outdated technology—and that... More »

Iran to Reveal Work on Nuclear Detonator

Includes new inspections and addresses detonator concerns

(Newser) - Iran has agreed to boost the transparency of its nuclear program following talks with the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. The country will provide information on its nuclear work in seven new steps to be taken by May 15, CNN reports; the agreement follows a six-step deal in November.... More »

Truck Carrying Radioactive Material Stolen in Mexico

Theft of cobalt-60 prompts fears of a dirty bomb

(Newser) - A truck laden with "dangerous" radioactive material used to fight cancer was stolen on Monday near Mexico City, says the International Atomic Energy Agency, per the BBC . "At the time the truck was stolen, the source was properly shielded. However, the source could be extremely dangerous to a... More »

Iran Covered Suspected Nuke Site With Asphalt

Parchin changes will make nuclear inspection difficult: study

(Newser) - UN nuclear inspectors have spent years trying to get the OK to visit a suspected nuke site in Iran; now, a new study of satellite imagery shows the country has covered much of Parchin with asphalt, the New York Times reports. The Institute for Science and International Security says the... More »

Iran Attempted Shopping Spree, Fueling Nuke Fears

Tehran tries to buy 100K banned magnets

(Newser) - Iran has tried to buy huge quantities of banned nuclear-linked magnets amid announced plans for thousands more centrifuges. The news has experts concerned that the country could be ready to give its nuclear program a major boost, the Washington Post reports. A year ago, Tehran attempted to order some 100,... More »

Iran's Nuke Centrifuges Getting Massive Upgrade

New generation plants to process uranium 5 times faster

(Newser) - Iran insists its uranium enrichment program is just for peaceful purposes—and now it is poised to start making a lot more of it. Tehran plans on mounting as many as 3,132 new-generation, IR-2m centrifuges; the machines are capable of enriching uranium five times faster than its current equipment,... More »

Iran on Restarting Nuke Probe: No

IAEA negotiators had hoped to make progress before six-nations talks

(Newser) - The International Atomic Energy Agency's latest round of negotiations with Iran ended today without any real progress made toward restarting investigations into Iran's nuclear program, reports the AP . The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany head to Tehran later this month for direct talks, and those... More »

UN Nuclear Watchdog: Anti-Israel Group Hacked Us

Hackers want investigation into Israeli nuclear program

(Newser) - The International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday that one of its servers had been hacked by a group critical of Israel's unacknowledged nuclear program that posted contact details for more than 100 experts working for the UN nuclear watchdog. A group called "Parastoo," a common Iranian girl'... More »

Iran Ready to Double Nuclear Output: UN

It's ready to fire up reactors in underground facility

(Newser) - Iran is on the verge of almost doubling the amount of uranium it enriches at its underground Fordow bunker, the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency reported today. About 2,800 centrifuges are installed at the site, and the Islamic Republic is ready to fire up as many as 1,... More »

Official: Blasts Targeted Iran Nuclear Sites

Abbasi says Atomic Energy Agency has been infiltrated by 'terrorists'

(Newser) - Two explosions targeted power supplies to Iran's main uranium enrichment sites, according to an Iranian official who indicated the blasts were the work of Western "terrorists." One of the explosions occurred last month, a day before international inspectors arrived at one of the sites, Fordow, says scientist... More »

Iran Accelerating Nuclear Work: Report

Window closing for diplomacy or military intervention, warn analysts

(Newser) - Negotiations related to Iran's nuclear program are nearly dead in their tracks; the same can't be said of the country's nuclear progress, according to a soon-to-be-released report by international nuclear inspectors cited by the the New York Times . The report claims that Iran has stepped up its... More »

Iran Shrugs Off 27% Enriched Uranium Find

But there's enough for 5 nuclear bombs, if fully refined

(Newser) - Iran has dismissed the higher-than-expected 27% enriched uranium discovered at an Iranian nuclear site, calling it a mere technical glitch, the AP reports. "This issue shows that some intend to damage the existing constructive cooperation between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency," an Iranian official said today,... More »

Nuclear Expert Pinpoints Iran's Explosives Test Site

US official confirms Parchin finding

(Newser) - An American non-proliferation expert says that by using satellite imagery he has identified a building at Iran's Parchin military site that contains, or previously contained, a chamber used to conduct explosives tests, according to Reuters . The building stood out because it had its own perimeter security wall, and a... More »

Iran Caught Scrubbing Nuclear Evidence at Parchin

Meanwhile, Israel asks US for weapons

(Newser) - Diplomats from the UN's nuclear agency say they've seen satellite images of Iranian trucks and earth-moving vehicles working at Iran's Parchin site, in what they suspect is an attempt to scrub the area of radioactive traces ahead of the IAEA's visit . Diplomats tell the AP that... More »

Iran to Let UN Into Suspected Nuke Site

Nuclear inspectors believed weapon work was occurring there

(Newser) - Iran has agreed to let UN inspectors into its Parchin military installation, after denying them access for the past two months, according to the country's semi-official INSA news agency. Western officials have long suspected that nuclear weapon work is under way at Parchin, and just yesterday International Atomic Energy... More »

North Korea to Halt Nuclear Activities

Country will receive food aid in return

(Newser) - North Korea will suspend uranium enrichment and has agreed to a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests; it has also agreed to allow International Atomic Energy Inspectors to verify and monitor the moratoriums and confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. Today's joint announcement suggests North Korea... More »

US Intelligence: Iran Not Making Bomb

16 US agencies agree that Iran stopped bomb program in 2003

(Newser) - Iran may be researching nuclear weapons technology, but US intelligence experts do not think it is actively trying to make an atomic bomb, reports the Los Angeles Times . Iran apparently stopped its bomb-building program in 2003, according to a secret report circulated last year that reflects the position of 16... More »

Iran Blocks UN Inspectors

Nuclear watchdog barred from key site

(Newser) - The UN's nuclear watchdog is walking away from its visit to Iran after being prevented from visiting a key military site and clarifying "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program. An International Atomic Energy Agency team was refused permission to inspect the Parchin site south of Tehran,... More »

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