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Specialist divers set to take the plunge for first time to help decommission Sizewell A nuclear power station

Specialist nuclear divers are being used for the first time at Sizewell A to help decommission the nuclear power station. The American team are helping to remove radioactive waste from the fuel storage pond.

A specialist diver goes underwater Credit: ITV Anglia

Working under water helps cut the risk of radiation for the workers. The conventional method uses remotely operated equipment to lift the whole radioactive skips clear of the water, exposing them to the air and therefore creating potential radiation risk to workers.

The specialist divers removing radioactive waste Credit: ITV Anglia

But by using specialist divers it means the work can be one under water and the skips can be cut safer, access more awkward areas easier and make the whole process safer.

Suffolk science festival could become an annual event

Hundreds of budding scientists have been in Bury St Edmunds this weekend as part of Suffolk's first science festival.

From making your own racing car and robots, to a pop-up planetarium, the show's organisers want to inspire more children to take up science later in life.

They hope it will help to fill a big skills gap in the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - across both Norfolk and Suffolk.

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New research to stop children dying from treatable infections

New research is being carried out in Northampton to try to reduce the number of children dying from treatable infections.

New research is being carried out in Northampton to try to reduce the number of children dying from treatable infections.

Figures show under-5s in the UK are twice as likely to die from conditions such as pneumonia and sepsis than children in Sweden.

Now an 18 month study led by the University of Northampton is being carried out to discover why survival rates here are so low and what can be done about it.

ITV News Anglia has been speaking to a mother from Kettering who knows first hand how important it is to improve the way we diagnose and treat deadly infections in children.

  • Click to watch the report by Liz Summers
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