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South Korea rejected North Korea's offer to take a series of steps to ease tension that included cancelling Seoul's regular military drills with Washington, saying Friday that Pyongyang must take nuclear disarmament steps first.

Leaks found in underground tanks holding radioactive and toxic waste at US's Hanford nuclear site

Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the most contaminated US nuclear site are leaking.

Iran: Nuclear talks are an 'opportunity' for West

Iran says it is willing to ease Western concerns about Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for pledges from the Unites States and others about its ability to enrich uranium.

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North Korea nuclear test: UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as “deplorable” North Korea's nuclear test today, and UN diplomats said the Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss the possibility of imposing new sanctions on Pyongyang.

Donald F Hornig: Atomic scientist

Donald F Hornig, who died on 21 January at the age of 92, was a scientist who worked on the atomic bomb and was a scientific adviser to three US presidents. He was the president of Brown University from 1970 to 1976 and also taught at Princeton and Harvard.

Cecil Creber: Such was his attention to detail in the cause of safety, he was known as 'The Ferret'

Cecil Creber: Naval officer and witness at the 'Marchioness' inquiry

Such was his attention to detail in the cause of safety, he was known as 'The Ferret'

Aaron Swartz, founder of Reddit

Anonymous hacks US government agency website after Aaron Swartz suicide

Internet hackers yesterday took over the US Sentencing Commission's website, in anger over the death of cyber-legend and internet freedom advocate Aaron Swartz.

AWE Aldermaston uranium enrichment facility closed due to 'corrosion' in vital structural steelwork

A secret plant that enriches uranium for Britain’s nuclear warheads on submarines has been shut due to “corrosion” in vital structural steelwork, it is revealed today.

North Korea plans new nuclear test

The top governing body has warned that the regime will defy the UN by conducting a third nuclear test, and made clear that its rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the US.

Trident replacement 'not realistic'

A Government review will provide "credible" alternatives to the like-for-like replacement of Trident, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

Woodland: he started his career on the Manhattan Project

N Joseph Woodland: Inventor of the barcode

Norman Joseph Woodland was an inventor who was ahead of his time. His creation, the barcode, was first devised in 1949, the result of a fortuitous coincidence and some inspired thinking. However these now ubiquitous black-and-white stripes were not put into full use until 25 years later, due to the limitations of the technology available.

Iran fires missiles in drill near Strait of Hormuz

Iran says it has tested advanced anti-ship missiles in the final day of a naval drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil supply.

Iranian navy flexes its muscles in Strait of Hormuz

Iran's navy has begun manoeuvres in the area of the Strait of Hormuz, where one-fifth of the world's oil passes.

Seoul, South Korea

South Korea appears cautiously open to dialogue with the North

The election Wednesday of Park Geun-hye as South Korea's president signals a new period of cautious — and conditional — rapprochement with North Korea, the nuclear-armed police state that Park's predecessors have utterly failed to tame.

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