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The Morning Briefing: Going nuclear

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about nuclear power.

1.) Nuclear energy: Flexible fission. At the Baltic Shipyard in St Petersburg squats the hull of the Akademik Lomonosov. It is no ordinary ship. Once it is finished in three years' time, it will be Russia's first floating nuclear power plant.

2.) North Korea's nuclear test. The nuclear explosion that North Korea set off on February 12th deep in a hillside in the country’s north-east would, the regime immediately assured, pose no "negative impact on the surrounding ecological environment." The negative impact on North-East Asia's security environment, on the other hand, was instant.

3.) A bad day for the Iranian nuclear crisis. The Western-led effort to slow or halt Iran’s nuclear development suffered two significant setbacks Thursday. Taken together with other events from the past two weeks, it’s hard to see much cause for optimism at the moment.

4.) New nuclear power in the U.K. looking increasingly unlikely. The U.K. government has been planning the development of a 'next generation' of nuclear power plants in the region for some time, but with the price of renewables falling quickly and the costs of nuclear rising, it is looking increasingly likely that the plans will have to be scrapped.

5.) Chernobyl: workers evacuated. Workers were forced to evacuate after a roof collapsed at Chernobyl, the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, on Wednesday.

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— By on February 14, 2013, 3:11 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

Contributing Editor

Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure