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2:53pm

Tue April 5, 2011
World

Japan's Nuclear Crisis Stokes Fears In India

The nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, has stoked fears in India, which is about to embark on a nuclear reactor building binge that could increase the country's nuclear power generating capacity six-fold.

Top nuclear officials in India say the country's existing reactors are safe and that the next generation of power plants will be even safer.

But some Indian nuclear experts say the country's nuclear establishment is so secretive that it's impossible to say how safe the program may be.

Close Calls

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2:30pm

Tue April 5, 2011
World Cafe

Abigail Washburn On World Cafe

Abigail Washburn made her name as the leader of The Sparrow Quartet, a folk and bluegrass group that features her husband, Bela Fleck. Since then, she's stepped out on her own with two great solo albums, including this year's City of Refuge. It's another offering replete with folk and bluegrass, but it also demonstrates Washburn's efforts to break the mold of the modern folk singer.

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1:50pm

Tue April 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Most Powerful Rocket Since Apollo Missions Planned

Plans for the world's "most powerful rocket since man went to the moon" were unveiled today.

As The Associated Press reports, "the rocket could lift twice as much cargo into orbit as the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle. Space Exploration Technology's new rocket, called Falcon Heavy, is big enough to send cargo or even people out of Earth's orbit to the moon, an asteroid or Mars. Only the long retired Saturn V rocket that sent men to the moon was bigger."

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1:15pm

Tue April 5, 2011
Conflict In Libya

NATO: 30 Percent Of Libya's Weapons Are Destroyed

NATO said Tuesday that international airstrikes against Moammar Gadhafi's forces have destroyed 30 percent of Libya's military capacity, even as regime troops unleashed a withering bombardment against rebels outside an eastern oil town.

But the alliance said Gadhafi's forces had changed tactics in the besieged western city of Misurata by moving tanks and other heavy equipment to civilian areas to prevent pilots from targeting them.

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1:12pm

Tue April 5, 2011
Science

Japan Accident Renews Focus On Spent Fuel In U.S.

The nuclear accident in Japan has rekindled debate about what to do with used reactor fuel.

The Japanese power plant housed tons of highly radioactive used fuel in pools filled with water. Some of that water either leaked out or boiled away during the accident, putting that fuel at risk of burning and releasing radioactive material. With similar fuel pools at more than 60 reactor sites in the U.S., there's renewed interest in their safety.

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