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The story behind nuclear power

Nuclear power has been in the news a lot this year.

The Fukushima Daiichi disaster, where reactors melted down and released radioactivity, made many people question the future of nuclear power.

Wednesday, 21 December, 2011, 12:00am

Uranium output set to double in next five years

Beijing plans to double domestic output of uranium oxide in the next five years to help plug a fast-growing supply gap for the nuclear power plant fuel.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Safety first

Changing tack is always difficult not only because of the knowledge required or technological challenge but also the vested interests that have grown up around the existing way of doing things. Take nuclear power. After the accidents at Three Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986, its development declined.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Nuclear threat from mountain of spent fuel

Thousands of tonnes of spent nuclear fuel will pose a severe safety threat on the mainland, one of China's top nuclear scientists has warned.

The 21st Century Business Herald quoted Xu Mi, a senior engineer at China National Nuclear Corporation, as saying that 25 to 30 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel is produced each year by a nuclear power plant generating one gigawatt output.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Four jailed over missing uranium

A Guangzhou court has ordered four people from Hunan to serve three to five years in jail for selling highly radioactive uranium ore that could be used in a nuclear bomb, a human rights group said yesterday.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Generation vex

Led by China, countries in East and South Asia are lining up to expand or introduce nuclear power. All say they need it to meet surging demand for electricity to run their growing economies.

12 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Arrests deepen mystery of Congo's missing nuclear fuel

It's easy to feel sorry for Fortunat Lumu, proud custodian of Africa's oldest nuclear reactor. Reports recently from the Democratic Republic of the Congo said he had been arrested for selling uranium to Iran.

14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am


Miss Julie

29 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Ominous fallout from South Korea

The disclosure that South Korean scientists in a government-linked research institute experimented in enriching uranium inevitably raised speculation that Seoul may have done some clandestine work on a nuclear weapons programme - just in case.

10 Sep 2004 - 12:00am



World, 1.15am

19 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Uranium hunt knows no bounds

Protests by activists and even lawsuits have not stopped the government-run Uranium Corporation of India Limited unleashing death and disease on one of the country's most backward regions, according to a leading non-governmental organisation.

29 Aug 2002 - 12:00am


Stockpile: The New Nuclear Menace

World, 9pm

19 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Plutonium ships fear

Two shiploads of plutonium bound for Japan could ignite the 'powder keg' of rising hostility in the Taiwan Strait, Greenpeace said yesterday.

The half-tonne shipment of 40 plutonium fuel elements posed further risks to a region already destabilised by military tension, the environmental group said.

19 Jul 1999 - 12:00am