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...nuclear energy news you may have missed this weekend.

The United Arab Emirates will pursue a vigorous nuclear energy program to answer growing electricity demands and shortages of natural gas, so says a white paper released by the UAE government...Sri Lanka is moving toward nuclear energy too...Alberta, Canada is being wooed...Add French-owned Suez to the list of suitors looking to purchase British Energy...Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are looking at common ceramics and their potential impact on the development of new containment materials...The Kansas City Star reports on changing political attitudes toward nuclear energy...Last week it was time for Time to publish their green issue, this week it's The New York Times Magazine. Highlights include the cover story, Why Bother?, which "looks for a few reasons to go green." Michael Pollan's article is currently the third most-emailed story on nytimes.com. The issue also features a short piece on Pebble-Bed Reactor technology...Simona De Silvestro, the 19-year-old Swiss driver of the NEI-sponsored Newman Wachs Racing car, won the Atlantic Championship season opener in Long Beach, CA on Sunday. De Silvestro took the lead with 14 laps remaining en route to the win in her debut with NWR.

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