Small modular reactors (SMRs) have been the talk of scientists and researchers in the nuclear industry for many years — but to what extent will their debut, expected next year, create challenges in spent fuel management? It depends, say experts, on the particular SMR design and a country’s existing spent fuel management practices.
Ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture under different climatic conditions have been identified, thanks to a research project coordinated by the IAEA, in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Using isotopic techniques, scientists from around the world have developed technology packages that countries can use in climate change mitigation efforts by making more efficient use of water and nutrients.
A one-stop-shop for spent fuel management is one way to describe Russia’s Mining and Chemical Complex (MCC) near Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. The complex is designed to handle spent fuel at its different stages, all at one site. In many countries, these activities — involving fuel that is no longer useful but still very radioactive — are performed at separate facilities that are, in some cases, up to hundreds of kilometers apart. By taking an integrated approach, Russia’s national strategy for spent fuel management aims to improve efficiency, cut costs and optimize safety and security.
Malnutrition is a major global health problem, and poor diet has been linked to a range of chronic diseases. Obesity has nearly tripled around the world in recent decades, while undernutrition remains a serious concern. Stable isotope techniques to measure body composition can help check if government efforts to improve diet and physical activity in the population are working.
Excellent, good, questionable or unacceptable: how good is your water chemistry analysis? Scientists can find out through comparison. For the past 30 years, the IAEA has been conducting isotope hydrology interlaboratory comparisons among hundreds of laboratories and has become a global source of isotope hydrology proficiency tests.
Health professionals interested in theranostics – a patient-centred and personalized form of care – are invited to register for the IAEA’s first virtual conference, which will take place on 4 and 5 September 2019.
The nuclear power plant construction boom of the 1960s and 1970s held the promise of a new energy era and at the same time brought about a new challenge: dealing with the spent fuel discharged by the plants. Could this fuel be recycled? Could it be disposed of? Could it be stored and, if so, for how long and under what conditions?
Despite a series of droughts and consistently low rainfall over the past few decades, the Sahel is home to rich bodies of water — hidden underground.
A dual ion beam facility, which enables two ion beams from different accelerators to be combined simultaneously, has been inaugurated in Zagreb, strengthening Croatia’s fusion research and expanding the global supply of facilities with such cutting-edge capabilities. Installed with IAEA support, the Ruđer Bošković Institute’s He Ion Source & DiFU Dual-Beam Facility will help scientists test and develop new structural materials indispensable for fusion energy to become a reality. Only very few facilities of this kind exist worldwide.