July 11, 1992 |
Let's face it, "Soviet," in most people's minds, doesn't mean "quality." Remember all those party hacks in cardboard suits? The ossified political system? The inept industry, surpassed only by the inefficient agriculture? Stalin? So where is the U.S. space program turning for help in developing compact nuclear reactors for use in outer space? To the people who gave the world Chernobyl. Thus, in May, two U.S. Air Force C-5 transports set down in Albuquerque, N.M.
September 23, 2001 |
Twenty-nine years ago, hijackers took over an airliner with 27 passengers and four crew aboard and threatened to crash into the government's nuclear weapons production complex in Oak Ridge. "They let us know that if we didn't have the money by X hour then we were going to dive into Oak Ridge," co-pilot Harold Johnson recalled from his Memphis home. "And there was no doubt in my mind that we would have done just that."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1988 |
Sometime in the next few weeks, a disabled Soviet spy satellite carrying a highly charged nuclear reactor will drop out of its shallow orbit. If it burns up in the upper atmosphere--as Moscow predicts--it will go largely unnoticed by the general public, just another of the hundreds of pieces of space junk that fall from the sky every year. But if the satellite follows the predictions of some American space experts, it will plunge to Earth, scattering radioactive debris wherever it lands. The 4.
February 19, 1991 |
The weekend Iraqi missile attack on Israel's south, targeted at the Dimona nuclear reactor, broke a bit of the complacency creeping into a nation that is eager to shed its gas masks. Despite the renewed worries, officials are giving assurances that the reactor could stand up to a Scud missile blast and much, much more. The Dimona reactor is Israel's not-so-secret source of enriched plutonium for the making of atomic weapons.
March 20, 2011 |
On a day police miraculously rescued an elderly woman and her teenage grandson trapped for nine days under rubble, workers at a crippled Japanese nuclear plant said they succeeded in connecting two reactors to the power grid Sunday, raising the possibility it could restore vital cooling systems to the overheated facilities. But those glimmers of progress continued to compete against emerging fears about radiation contamination in Japan's food supplies. A day after officials said they discovered higher-than-normal radioactivity in batches of milk and spinach -- as well as traces of radioactive iodine in tap water in Tokyo and elsewhere -- the Associated Press reported Sunday that Japanese fava beans imported to Taiwan were found to have small amounts of radiation, according to an official of Taiwan's Atomic Energy Council.
January 3, 1994 |
After that nightmare voyage 33 years ago, Ivan Kolokov stopped shaving. The skin on his face kept peeling off with the razor. Nikolai Zateyev, his shipmate, lay in bed 18 months while doctors replaced his bone marrow and blood. Both sailors consider themselves lucky when they remember Boris Korchilov. Korchilov was a blue-eyed, 20-year-old ladies' man. Before the voyage he was playing volleyball and flirting.
January 26, 2007 |
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, on a visit to New Delhi, offered to build four nuclear reactors for energy-starved India. Russia is already building two 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors in the southern town of Kudankulam. In talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Putin also proposed giving India broader access to Russia's hydrocarbon energy riches. The two nations signed deals on energy, scientific and space cooperation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1988
The Metropolitan Water District will study whether to build small nuclear reactors around Southern California to desalt sea water for drinking. The Los Angeles-based agency, which obtains the water used by most Southland residents, will spend $300,000 to study if the nuclear reactors are a feasible idea, General Manager Carl Boronkay said. Even if the idea is rated a good one, construction of such reactors is unlikely to occur before the turn of the century, he said.
July 3, 1997 |
North Korea and a U.S.-led consortium signed agreements Wednesday that will allow long-delayed construction to begin this summer on two nuclear reactors in the reclusive Communist country. Work at the site near a remote North Korean fishing village on the east coast should start by early August, said Ho Jong, the country's ambassador-at-large who signed the documents.