SITE VISIT: A World of Nuclear Data

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Science  03 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5433, pp. 1455
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5433.1455d

From the production of medical isotopes to the theft of weapons-grade uranium, the leader in guiding and policing the nuclear world is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. The agency's Web site, Worldatom, offers an array of reports, data, and other resources, some of which are brand-new.

In response to mandates from its 128 member countries and the United Nations, the IAEA compiles a wealth of nuclear information, including specs on 280 research reactors worldwide (data that just went online last month) and some 2 million abstracts, from 1970 on, “on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” such as fusion power and the use of radioisotopes in agriculture. Other items include Aladdin, which serves up fusion research data (such as collision energies); a newsletter that follows the many incarnations of the proposed International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor; a section on the Y2K problem facing reactors; a daily media digest (example: three people in Kazakhstan arrested with 5 kilos of enriched uranium); and proceedings of a 1996 conference on the Chernobyl accident.

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