Latest News
Wed, 2017-05-17
On May 16, 2017, HM King Abdullah II opened the International Center for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), which is the first research center of its kind in the region.
Sun, 2017-05-14
On May 9, 2017, The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State witnessed the collapse of a 20-foot section of tunnel where radioactive waste was being stored.
Thu, 2017-05-11
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano has stated that satellite imagery, open-source data and trade-related information indicate North Korea is going forward with preparations for its sixth nuclear weapons test, the first one since September.
Wed, 2017-05-10
The Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), the research institute based in Allan, Jordan that hosts a synchrotron, a kind of particle accelerator, is scheduled to open its doors on May 16, 2017, in a ceremony to be attended by HM King Abdullah II of Jordan.
Sun, 2017-05-07
The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science in the Middle East has announced a program that recognizes the contributions of exceptional females across the GCC and Yemen by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.
Wed, 2017-04-05
On Tuesday, April 4, one of the deadliest chemical bombings in Syria has claimed the lives of at least 58 people. The chemical agent that was delivered by air strikes in the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhounh has not yet been identified, but sources on the ground believe it to be the nerve agent Sarin, which is highly toxic and 20 times as deadly as cyanide.
Tue, 2017-03-28
On March 27, 2016, The United Nations commenced negotiations on an international treaty that would ban nuclear weapons. While such high-level discussions should be considered a milestone event, the absence of some of the world’s major powers has resulted in political commentators questioning the possible impact of such a treaty—states absent include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, Germany, and Japan.
Mon, 2017-03-20
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted a design certification application for a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) by NuScale Power, a company that designs SMRs. The NRC’s acceptance marks a major milestone for the first ever SMR design to attempt obtaining US certification, and while the certification process can take up to 40 months, it would be a significant development for nuclear technology in the US.
Mon, 2017-02-27
The lethal attack that was carried out against Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has been confirmed as having used a nerve agent. The attack took place at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, 2017, and Malaysian police state that the autopsy has revealed that Kim Jong Nam died from exposure to VX, a chemical weapon that is especially lethal when absorbed through the skin or mucous membranes, and which is banned under the international Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Sun, 2017-02-26
At the 53rd Munich Security Conference, which was held from February 17-19, Bill Gates’ speech focused on pandemics as an international security issue. Gates stressed the link between health security and international security, and he argued that there is a very reasonable probability of an occurrence of a deadly global pandemic that could happen either naturally or at the hands of a terrorist, despite the fact that this has not occurred in recent history.