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Yahoo! News: Iran confident over talks on disputed nuclear programme

‘Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday sounded an upbeat note on talks with Western powers on Tehran's contested nuclear programme, saying they were going in the "right direction."’

The London Times: British Energy profits hit by nuclear plant shutdown

‘The creaking state of Britain’s nuclear power stations was laid bare yesterday when British Energy revealed a sharp drop in first-quarter profit as a year-long outage at two of its biggest reactors reduced its power output. The nuclear generator, which is looking for a buyer, was unable to take advantage of soaring power prices because of the shutdown of its Hartlepool and Heysham 1 reactors. The group, which has eight reactors and provides 15 per cent of Britain’s electricity, said that profits in the three months to June fell by 65 per cent to £62 million, compared with £179 million in the same period last year. The group produced 9.5 terawatt hours (tWh) of power in the period, down from 13 tWh a year earlier.’

Yahoo! News: US dispatches envoy in bid to break NKorea nuclear deadlock

‘Sung Kim, the State Department's top Korea expert, "is going to consult with the Chinese regarding efforts to secure a strong verification regime and additional progress in the six party talks," a department official told AFP.’

Scoop: Brazil’s Nuclear Ambitions: Worrisome?

‘On Thursday, July 31, Brazilian authorities gave the final go ahead to the civilian nuclear power company, Electronuclear, to continue construction of the country’s third nuclear power plant. Though the decision to revitalize the 22-year-old nuclear reactor, Angra 3, came late last year, plans were finalized in July by the government’s environmental regulatory agency. Electronuclear, a subsidiary of the state-owned energy firm Electrobras, plans to begin construction in February.’

Fox 12: Nuclear Power Plant to Continue Despite Negative Audit

‘It was about a year-and-a-half ago when we first heard about a nuclear power plant being proposed at a site near C.J. Strike Reservoir. From the get go, the idea met with controversy with the latest involving a recent audit of the company involved with the plant. […] That's because the company proposing to build a nuclear power plant in the Gem State is losing money. According to a recent audit, Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc., lost $4.9 million in 2007.’

MSNBC: How moon rocks could power the future

‘The moon is once again a popular destination, as several space-faring nations are talking about setting up bases there. One reason would be to mine fuel for future fusion reactors. The fuel in this case is helium-3, a lighter isotope of the helium used in balloons. In high energy collisions, helium-3 fuses with other nuclei to release more energy and less waste than the reactions in traditional nuclear reactors.’