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The new head of the National Center for Science Education promises to "fight the good fight" against attacks on...
Analyses of the H7N9 strains isolated from four new cases show that the virus is evolving rapidly, heightening anxiety...
In 2009, Jack Szostak shared a Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the role of telomeres, the end bits of...
Science has exposed a thriving academic black market in China involving shady agencies, corrupt scientists, and...
Paper-selling agencies flourish in the aura of reputable businesses. For some scientists, it may be difficult to tell...
Featuring the first lunar rover in 40 years, Chang'e-3 is seen as an important milestone on China's quest to send a...
Data collected by satellites and floating probes have chronicled a 2-decade rise in the temperature and thickness of a...
Cholesterol, the artery-clogging molecule that contributes to cardiovascular disease, has another nasty trick up its...
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New Study of Fukushima Crisis Under Way at U.S. Nuclear Agency
21 March 2011 4:48 pm
Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced two studies into the Japan nuclear crisis at a meeting today. The first is a 90-day task force looking to obtain a "quick snapshot" of the situation, said Executive Director for Operations Bill Borchardt, with a preliminary report to be released in 60 days. Among the goals of the task force is to see whether backup plans for maintenance of spent nuclear fuel pools, put in place after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, " would work" if other problems threatened the water levels in the pools.
A longer term study, which will seek substantial input from the public, will try to define lessons learned, if any. No start date is set on that study.