Dr Alan Finkel will bring his perspective as an engineer to the role of Chief Scientist.
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Dr Alan Finkel took over as Australia's Chief Scientist in January this year. In this exclusive interview, he describes his approach to science, and to issues such as renewable energy and STEM jobs.
George Osborne and Jim O'Neil, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and a former Goldman Sachs investment chief, enjoy a contract signing in Beijing earlier this year.
An often ignored political role devised in 1571 tells you all you need to know about who will benefit as new power plants are built.
Losing steam? Older power plants are expensive to operate or upgrade.
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Anti-nuclear advocates may cheer the closing of nuclear power plants in the US, but thanks to cheap natural gas, less nuclear power means higher emissions.
Alan Finkel participates in a debate with Nobel Laureate, Brian Schmidt.
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Australia's new Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, is a passionate advocate for science and technology, and has argued that Australia should consider nuclear power.
Who’s got their finger on the off button?
There is a tension between the UK's national security strategy and a new nuclear deal with China.
A petrochemical complex on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast.
The merest hint of a successful deal over Iran’s nuclear programme is enough to get people excited. And as the country emerges from economic isolation, nowhere is the enthusiasm more keenly felt than in…
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Head-in-sand attitude of nuclear power plants toward cybersecurity is accident waiting to happen, report finds.
Background briefing. How China has been given access to UK energy.
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The Chancellor has to face some hard scrutiny of a deal which would look like a communist coup under a Labour PM.
Without new nuclear generators, will Britain run out of electricity?
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The search for alternative ways to boost energy supply – or reduce demand.
The UK government looks set to allow EDF to build a new kind of nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point. But are there better nuclear technologies we could use?
The message from Germany.
What happens to energy policy when democracy takes a back seat -- and no one mentions the war.
Radioactively contaminated territory around the Mayak nuclear facility in Russia.
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The nuclear deal South Africa signed with Russia is set to be massively expensive and comes with a fair amount of risks.
Protesters at the restart of Japan’s Sendai 1 reactor.
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The restart of Japan's nuclear reactors is good news for climate change. But there are still large psychological barriers to overcome.
Increased oil and gas revenues amid lifted sanctions are set to raise Iran’s economic fortunes, which ease Middle Eastern tensions.
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Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal say it raises the nuclear weapons threat in the region. But Middle East tensions are actually likely to ease as Iran grows richer without being shackled by sanctions.
South Australia’s wind farms have coped without baseload power before - they can do it again.
Coal closures announced this week in South Australia will cause employment pain, but could also help pave the way for the state to go 100% renewable - something that modelling suggests is eminently possible.
This sign might actually be appealing to treasure hunters in the distant future.
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Our natural difficulties in thinking about the future, low probabilities and considering risk make many of our views about nuclear power problematic.
No one’s a fan of nuclear waste. What if we could just recycle it all?
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Even the biggest proponents of nuclear power can't ignore 10,000 metric tons of spent fuel globally every year. What if we could recycle every last atom of nuclear waste?
You need to take a wider view to work out the true greenhouse emissions from nuclear power.
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Nuclear power isn't 'zero-emission', as many proponents claim. Factor in uranium mining, power plant construction, and other factors and it has similar emissions to wind power. But that's still lower than fossil fuels.
Reactor pressure vessel during construction of Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, 1956.
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The basics of fission physics have stayed the same over the decades. But power-generating reactor designs have evolved, turning to new coolants, recycled fuel and other innovations.
Nuclear reactors in Tricastin, France.
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Few plants have been built in the West since the '70s, and the ones that have been built have suffered from cost overruns and delays.