nuclear science

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Austrian scientist prepares for entry into force of UN nuclear ban treaty

Scientists are being trained by a UN-backed organization in methods to monitor whether or not a nuclear explosion has taken place.

The workshops have been organized by a commission known as the CTBTO which is preparing for the entry into force of a UN treaty that bans nuclear explosions anywhere in the world.

The historic treaty on banning nuclear weapons was adopted at UN Headquarters on July 7.


Fighting obesity and micronutrient deficiency with nuclear science

Nuclear science is helping Latin American and Caribbean countries to combat what one expert calls “the double burden” of malnutrition and obesity.

The condition arises when obese people do not get enough zinc, iron or other micronutrients to meet their bodies’ daily needs, thus affecting their health.

Steve Thatchet reports on how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is supporting countries’ efforts to address the issue and improve childhood nutrition.

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Women urged to consider career in nuclear industry

Although the nuclear energy sector is growing, the number of women working in it remains low, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

As nuclear technology is used in medicine, agriculture and food security, for example, the UN agency is urging young women to consider careers in the field by studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known collectively as STEM.

Janice Dunn Lee is the IAEA’s first woman Deputy Director General. She also heads its Department of Management.

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World must work to harness great potential of nuclear science

One of the world’s youngest nuclear scientists says the field has unlimited possibilities to improve people’s everyday lives.

Taylor Wilson, a 21 year old American nuclear physicist, was the keynote speaker at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) Scientific Forum this week in Vienna.

Mr Wilson became interested in science from the age of 10, and by 14, he became the youngest scientist to work with nuclear fusion.

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Better cattle breeding through nuclear science

Cattle breeders around the world have been trained in a process which can detect if artificial insemination has worked at an early stage.

The procedure has proved to be a good way to get better quality and healthier livestock.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has worked with breeders in the use of a nuclear technique which can detect if insemination has been effective as early as within three weeks.