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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.

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UN nuclear test ban needs to be enforced, says Uruguay’s vice minister

A ban on all nuclear testing would send a “clear message” that the international community is determined to achieve a nuclear-free world.

That’s what José Luis Cancela, Uruguay’s vice minister of foreign affairs, said during the Science and Technology Conference 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which prohibits all nuclear explosions, was adopted by the UN General Assembly 20 years ago but it has yet to come into force.

People on Mars: “We must afford it” says US space chief

Putting people on Mars sometime in the 2030s is something the planet simply “must afford” for the sake of all the benefits it will bring.

That’s the view of Dava Newman, who is the Deputy Administrator of the US Space Administration, NASA.

She gave a special presentation this week to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which is taking place in Vienna, Austria, under the auspices of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, UNOOSA.

Nuclear techniques to help better understand causes of stunting

Work is underway to try and identify reasons for child stunting beyond poor nutrition, and the answer may be found with nuclear technology according to the UN.

In 2014, one in every four children under five years of age was stunted, a total of 159 million globally.

Nutrition interventions alone are not fixing the problem.

Now, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is using nuclear techniques as part of broader research into stunting.

Steve Thachet reports from the agency’s headquarters in Vienna.


Young nuclear scientists share hopes for future of the field

A “Nuclear Olympiad” competition has inspired young nuclear scientists to lay out their visions for the future of the field.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held the Olympiad part of its annual General Conference in Vienna.

Alice Cunha da Silva, university student from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was awarded first prize in the event for her research on medical radioisotopes.


Refugees: Warm welcome marks crisis “turning point”

Austrians and Germans have offered trainloads of refugees an “incredible outpouring of welcome”, marking a possible turning point in the migration crisis, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Monday.

That’s the assessment of UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming, who’s been at Vienna railway station since the weekend to monitor conditions for refugees arriving from Hungary.