News & Views: October 2015
And the Nobel Prize Goes To...
CNS Scientist-in-Residence part of team awarded 2015 Nobel Prize in physics
Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress was a member of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory team whose work on neutrinos "has changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe," according to The Royal Swedish Academy. These revelations on neutrinos may have implications for nuclear verification tools, as well.

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New High Resolution B-Roll of North Korea 
CNS and NTI release new resources for journalists and researchers
New B-roll produced jointly with the Nuclear Threat Initiative includes a model of North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station as well as green screen footage of the Hermit Kingdom's ballistic missile arsenal, which can be customized and annotated for use in broadcast coverage. 

A separate  collection of 3D facility videos  goes beyond the B-roll footage with background and additional details about the proliferation sensitivities of North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities, including:  Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility Yongbyon Uranium Enrichment Facility Sohae Satellite Launching Station Yongbyon 5MWe Reactor Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground Yongbyon Light Water Reactor .

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US-Russian Relations after Syria
Academician Alexei Arbatov speaks to an overflow audience
As one of the most distinguished Russian commentators on international security policy, Dr. Alexei Arbatov gave the inaugural lecture in the Georgy Arbatov Memorial Lecture Series on the implications for the US-Russia relationship after the Russian military intervention in Syria. 

A video of Dr. Arbatov's Russian-language presentation made earlier that day is also available.

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ISIS and Chemical Weapons in the Middle East
Gabrielle Tarini in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Two years after the dismantlement of Syria's declared chemical weapons arsenal, chemical warfare continues in the Middle East, attended by little public outcry.

US officials have identified at least four occasions in the last two months when the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has used mustard agents on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border. While early claims by US officials suggested that  ISIS militants obtained the deadly chemicals from caches in Syria, officials now believe the group has developed the capacity to  manufacture its own mustard on a small scale.

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Intensive Short Course in Vienna
Enhancing nonproliferation and disarmament expertise of diplomats from developing states
The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation held their tenth intensive short course on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament September 21-25, 2015. Twenty-five diplomats representing twenty-two states participated, benefiting from world-class lectures and hands-on experience through tours of international facilities. 

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