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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover, which will be powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL), will land on Mars to begin exploration in February 2021.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-powered-rover-sets-off-for-Mars

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), part of which must be sterile, i.e. exempt from any microorganism such as bacteria or moulds that can compromise the wearer’s or the patient's safety. It was realised that whilst irradiation is routinely used to sterilise medical products it might also be possible to use the technology to increase the available supply of PPE, writes Paul Wynne, chairman of the International Irradiation Association.

Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Using-irradiation-to-treat-PPE

Radiation is an effective and established tool to sterilise personal protective equipment that is in high demand during the current pandemic. However, it should not be used for espiratory face masks as it weakens their filters, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

Date: Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-advises-against-radiation-to-sterilise-respiratory-face-masks-7904001

Pilot testing of a new ultraviolet wastewater disinfection system has started at the Kola nuclear power plant. For one of the largest consumers of water in the Murmansk Region (more than 1 billion cubic metres annually), the new system will enable disinfection of water without the use of chemicals containing chlorine, Kola NPP said.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kola-NPP-pilots-use-of-ultraviolet-wastewater-disi

Pilot testing of a new ultraviolet wastewater disinfection system has started at the Kola nuclear power plant. For one of the largest consumers of water in the Murmansk Region (more than 1 billion cubic metres annually), the new system will enable disinfection of water without the use of chemicals containing chlorine, Kola NPP said.

Date: Saturday, 11 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kola-NPP-pilots-use-of-ultraviolet-wastewater-disi