Tuesday 29 April 1997
You thought nuclear power was dead? Not so. According to the International Atomic Energy Authority, five new plants with a combined capacity of 5,717 megawatts came on stream in 1996, bringing the total number currently operating around the world to 443. Nuclear power provides an average of 17 per cent of the world's electricity - though significantly more in Lithuania, which tops the list by relying on fission for 86 per cent of its power. France, which has 57 reactors - second only to the US, with 110 - is next, using it for 77 per cent of output. Ukraine, site of the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986, has 16 reactors in operation, providing almost 44 per cent of its electricity.
A significant step for genetic testing: Any couple in the United States planning to have children should be offered a test for cystic fibrosis, said a panel of experts there convened by the National Institutes of Health. It is the first time in any country that such a genetic test for a disease has been recommended for the general population, not just those specifically known to be at risk. CF is the most common inherited disease among American Caucasians, with about 1 in 30 people there carrying the recessive gene for the disease. The panel did not push for routine screening of newborn children.
Perhaps it was the clothes. Greenpeace activists dressed in tomato costumes last week got the Greek government to say that it would consider scrapping private research into genetically altered tomatoes. The Greek government already opposes the production, import and use of genetically engineered food, but it may now rescind a permit granted in March to the British company Zeneca to experiment with tomatoes to extend their ripening time and give them a longer shelf-life in stores. Ministry officials said they were prepared to cancel the research permit if presented with new evidence that it was dangerous. Although Zeneca is keeping the tomatoes in a greenhouse, Greenpeace said there was no way of preventing the results of the work reaching the environment outside via insects and pollen.
Harry Potter actor suffered 'severe flu-like symptoms' on a flight from London to Orlando
Rap music mogul accused of running two men over in his truck
World cities ranked in terms of safety, food security and 'liveability'
First full-length look is finally here
"Oink! Oink! Hee hee hee!" First interview with the big-screen star
Biohacking group hopes technology will lead people to think about even more dystopian uses
The party's potential nominations read like a high school race for student body president
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Mia Khalifa: Pornhub star claims Drake sent her 'cringeworthy' naked photos on Instagram
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
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