Some other stories from the nuclear industry you may have missed:

AFP: US postpones nuclear pact with Russia amid Georgia tension

‘The agreement aimed to allow US and Russian companies to form joint ventures in the nuclear sector and gives the go-ahead for exchanges of nuclear technology between the two countries, according to officials on both sides. Under the deal, Russia would also be able to reprocess spent nuclear fuel originating in the United States, which accounts for most of the world market, in a move that has raised fears of Russia being turned into a nuclear dump.’

Reuters: U.S. NRC to review Nevada nuclear waste project

‘The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday said it has "docketed" the U.S. Energy Department's license application for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. This means the NRC staff can begin its technical review of the long-delayed Yucca Mountain project. Putting the application on docket is not making a determination whether Yucca Mountain should be built, the NRC said in a press release.’

Greentech Media: Google Sets Sail With Ocean Power Patent

‘Some brilliant minds at Google must have looked out at the vast Pacific Ocean not far from its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. at one time and wondered: How can we harness ocean power to benefit mankind? The answer, apparently, lies in a patent application approved by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office last month. The patent outlines engineering concepts for constructing a giant floating data center offshore that would be cooled and powered by ocean waves and currents.’ Clueless smugglers exposed to uranium

‘They smuggled it into China, evading customs checks but apparently ignorant the interesting metal could be dangerous. One of them hid it in his father-in-law's home in Xinjiang. "They were surprised that at night when the lights went out the treasure sparkled and glittered, and Wang chipped a piece from it and kept it beside his bed, sometimes playing with it," the report said of one of the men.’