Russia wants to allow inspection of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
The Russian Foreign Ministry is ready to let inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Zaporizhia. Russian troops have been occupying the nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine since early March this year. IAEA Secretary General Rafael Mariano Grossi has repeatedly pointed out that the working conditions of the personnel at the nuclear plant are unsustainable and that safety is at risk as a result. In the past few days, the site of the nuclear power plant has also been fired at several times with rockets and large-caliber artillery. Russia and Ukraine blame each other for this. Grossi demanded access to the nuclear power plant for his inspectors so that they could check the security situation themselves.
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The EU gas emergency plan is in force
The EU member states are now officially pursuing the goal of voluntarily reducing their gas consumption by 15 percent by March 31, 2023 compared to their average consumption over the past five years. If that is not enough, a “union alarm” is triggered. The previously voluntary gas savings would then become mandatory. The regulation passed by the EU Council last week has now been published in the Official Journal of the EU and has therefore entered into force. The head of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, assumes that a gas shortage in the coming winter can only be avoided if people in Germany save at least 20 percent on gas.
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Fusion reactor before the next phase of experimentation
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald are about to enter the next experimental phase: the experiments are to be intensified in the Wendelstein 7-X large-scale research facility in order to imitate the sun’s energy production on earth and thus develop an alternative power source in the long term. The heat generated in the plant is to be used as an energy source and converted to electricity using heat exchangers and steam turbines, or dissipated as direct heat in heating systems. Such fusion power plants are indeed nuclear plants. However, there is no highly radioactive waste.
Live-action adaptation of Pac-Man planned
Japanese game publisher Bandai Namco is planning a live-action adaptation based on the classic video game Pac-Man. This is reported by the US trade journal The Hollywood Reporter. The young Wayfarer film studio is said to be responsible for the production. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Pac-Man is the most profitable arcade machine in the world with revenues of over 3.5 billion US dollars and the game is considered one of the best video games ever.
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