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Russian nuclear near blast site 'went silent' after missile testing explosion

Russian nuclear near blast site 'went silent' after missile testing explosionTwo Russian radiation monitoring stations went offline last weekend following reports of a nuclear accident in Arkhangelsk region on Russia’s northern frontier, fuelling concerns of a cover-up.  The Russian government has been vague and at times contradictory when addressing the mysterious explosion near a military test range on August 8.  At least five nuclear scientists died, and a brief radiation spike was detected over nearby Severodvinsk. According to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), which operates an international network of radiation monitoring stations, two key Russian stations went offline two days after the unexplained explosion and reports of radiation spikes. According to Russian officials, RBC reported, the stations in Dubna and Kirov experienced “network and communications problems” two days after the explosion in Arkhangelsk region. Russia nuclear map The Russian military has denied that any radiation was released by the explosion, and an official statement from Severodvinsk authorities notifying the public of an increase in radiation levels was quietly withdrawn from the city government’s website.  International confirmation of a radiation spike is hard to come by.  CTBTO head Lassina Zerbo wrote on Twitter Sunday that the organisation was addressing with station operators “technical problems experienced at two neighboring stations.” He included a graphic of the organisation's modelling of radioactive particle dispersal over time. The graphic included time stamps indicating where CTBTO models predicted radioactive particles would travel. Antennas of a testing facility for seismic and infrasound technologies of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo According to this model, when the two Russian stations stopped reporting, the particles would have been passing directly overhead.  Some have speculated that the blast was caused by a failed test of a nuclear-powered cruise missile.  However, evidence suggests that whatever radiation was released by the August 8th explosion was localised and small scale. Experts say a nuclear-powered cruise missile would release far more. “When the US deliberately blew apart a nuclear rocket engine at the Nevada Test side in 1965 to see what would happen, the peak gamma dose rate 25 km downwind was 700 microSieverts per hour – hundreds of times greater than what was observed in Severodvinsk,” Edwin Lyman, director of the Nuclear Safety Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists said.



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Radiation 'spike' and two killed in blast at Russian missile testing base

Radiation 'spike' and two killed in blast at Russian missile testing baseTwo people have been killed when an engine exploded and burned at a Russian missile testing base, the third major fire involving the country's military this summer. The defence ministry said six employees of the military and a weapons developer were injured in a blast during testing of a "liquid-fuel reactive propulsion system," which then reportedly caught fire. State media have reported that 15 people were injured. The accident took place in the Arkhangelsk region in the far north. Reports placed it at a base near the town of Nyonoksa where the navy tests ballistic missiles. The town is south of Russia's main submarine-building facilities in Severodvinsk. Authorities in the city said radiation levels had shot up briefly on Thursday before decreasing, while the defence ministry said they had remained normal. The Arkhangelsk port said the bay near the base where the explosion occurred would be closed to shipping for the next month.  An earlier picture of the missile testing base where the explosion reportedly occurred Credit: AFP/Getty In 2015, a missile fell near a home in Nyonoksa during tests. Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying the incident was caused by safety violations. The incident was only the latest deadly conflagration for Russia's armed forces. On Monday, a massive fire set off explosions in an arms depot at a base in Siberia. One person was killed and 16,000 had to be evacuated. A fireball rises from an ammunition depot in Siberia that caught fire on Monday  Credit: Dmitry Dub/Reuters In July, a fire on a nuclear-powered deep-sea submersible killed 14 sailors and nearly caused a "global catastrophe," a naval officer said at their funeral. Russia has been pouring billions of dollars a year into modernising its military, which still relies heavily on Soviet-era equipment.



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Supreme Court rules for sex offender in child pornography case testing power of judges, juries

Supreme Court rules for sex offender in child pornography case testing power of judges, juriesThe Supreme Court ruled that even sex offenders deserve to have the reasons for their sentences determined by a jury, not a judge.



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Trump says he would be disappointed if North Korea resumed testing

Trump says he would be disappointed if North Korea resumed testing“I would be very disappointed if I saw testing.” Trump’s comments to reporters on the White House lawn before leaving to visit Alabama came after two U.S. think tanks and Seoul’s spy agency said this week that North Korea was rebuilding a rocket launch site at Sohae in the west of the country. There have also been reports emanating from South Korea’s intelligence service of new activity at a factory that produced North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. Trump said he thought his and the U.S. relationship with Kim and North Korea was “a very good one.” “I think it remains good,” he said.



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F-35 formally enters operational testing

F-35 formally enters operational testingThe testing is expected to be completed in the late summer of 2019 and the data will be used by the U.S. government to inform its “Milestone C” decision, leading to formal entry into full-rate production at the end of next year, the Defense Department said in a statement. All tests will be conducted at U.S. Military testing ranges and installations, it said. “The start of formal operational testing is a milestone more than 18 years in the making,” F-35 program head Vice Adm. Mat Winter said.



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HPV Testing Can Replace Pap Smears for Many Women, New Guidelines Say

HPV Testing Can Replace Pap Smears for Many Women, New Guidelines SayBoth can help detect cervical cancer



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Baboons Work Together To Escape From Biomedical Testing Facility

Baboons Work Together To Escape From Biomedical Testing FacilityFour baboons held at a Texas biomedical research facility briefly escaped on



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Report shows North Korea testing nuclear reactor

Report shows North Korea testing nuclear reactorSouth Korean officials are beginning preparations for a summit next month with North Korea, as a report shows the North had probably begun testing a nuclear reactor as recently as late February. Grace Lee reports.



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German doctors in stand against 'invasive' age testing of asylum-seekers

German doctors in stand against 'invasive' age testing of asylum-seekersDoctors in Germany on Tuesday spoke out against proposals for medical tests to check the age of asylum-seekers. Leading politicians have called for compulsory tests amid allegations that migrants are lying about their age and posing as minors in order to avoid deportation and claim extra benefits. But senior doctors warned that medical tests would not be reliable and risked harming asylum-seekers’ health. “The investigations are complex, expensive and laden with great uncertainty,” Prof Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the president of the German Medical Association said. “If you carried them out on every refugee, it could interfere with human wellbeing.” The demands for medical tests have intensified since the killing of a 15-year-old girl who was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife in the street in south-west Germany last week. An Afghan refugee is accused of killing her in a jealous rage after she broke off their relationship. He claims he is also 15 but her family believes he is much older. An Iranian asylum-seeker is already on trial for the rape and murder of a woman jogger in 2016. The accused initially claimed to be 16, but has since admitted he is in fact 33.  Asylum applications in Germany Under German law minors face lighter sentences if they are convicted of crimes. Joachim Herrmann, the Bavarian interior minister, at the weekend called for mandatory age-testing and said his Christian Social Union party (CSU) would demand it in coalition talks with Angela Merkel. “Too many asylum-seekers are still falsely posing as adolescents,” Mr Herrmann said. “I want everyone who comes to our country and claims to be a teenager to have their age be medically checked. Minors cost the state more money in special care and have a lower criminal liability. We cannot just leave it like that.” Thomas Strobl, a senior MP in Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU), called for compulsory X-rays to measure asylum-seekers’ bone development. “In cases of doubt, we should turn to medical examinations such as the X-ray of the carpal bones,” he said. But Prof Montgomery of the German Medical Association, a radiologist, said X-rays to test their age would expose migrants to unnecessary radiation. “X-rays without a medical indication are an invasion of physical integrity,” he told Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. In criminal cases such as the killing of the 15-year-old girl, the courts can already order medical tests to determine the suspect’s age. But medical experts say the tests are unreliable and that stress and trauma can cause the human body to age faster.



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