The Liberty Project brings general-interest stories back in a big way

first_imgRemember Liberty magazine? We wouldn’t necessarily blame if you don’t — the publication ran from 1924 to 1950 — but if you’ve ever strolled the aisles of your local antique shop, it’s likely you’ve stumbled upon this classic magazine. Revolutionary for many things such as the inclusion of a reading time designation at the start of articles, as well as a host of features penned by celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Babe Ruth, Liberty long stood as one of the most popular general-interest magazines for most of its entirety. Interested in harnessing this popularity once again, a multi-media startup called The Liberty Project just launched a website which essentially serves as the spiritual successor to this once-famous publication.Related: Dyer & Jenkins does American-made style the right wayLaunched on June 24, The Liberty Project aims to recreate a fondness for general-interest stories, and recruited a host of up-and-coming writers and artist to help it actualize this dream. Like the original publication, the website intends to publish first-person perspectives of pop culture, world events, and societal issues through a contemporary lens. As it begins to gain popularity, The Liberty Project hopes to attract some of the greatest writers, thinkers, photographers, and even celebrities to contribute to its wealth of content.“At its core, The Liberty Project celebrates the many ways in which liberty as a concept enables us to live our lives to the fullest,” says CEO Amy Katzenberg in a recent press release, “it’s easy to forget what a gift liberty is, and we aim to highlight its unwavering value and encourage our contributors and the community to live life fully, know liberty first hand, and share their perspectives with others.”Nearly one month since the launch of The Liberty Club, and the site appears chock full of these general-interest stories with pieces on Robin Williams, first account stories of domestic violence, and one particular Mississippian’s hatred of sweet tea. Like Liberty before it, the website provides a glut of content sure to please readers of all ages, interests, and passions.“We’re creating an environment that celebrates the voice of the individual and fosters the sharing of relatable personal narratives, to create a unique editorial experience that is meaningful to our contributors and our audience,” she adds.Judging by The Liberty Club’s inherent potential, its already-established high quality, and the fact the CEO remains intent on providing a unique experience, its rise to Internet relevancy seems entirely within reach. Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know last_img read more

UN agency coordinates transfer of nuclear waste from Serbia to Russia

22 December 2010The United Nations nuclear watchdog has coordinated a multinational project carried out by Serbia to move two and half tonnes of highly radioactive nuclear spent fuel to a secure Russian facility, where the material arrived today. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it coordinated the removal of the material from a Serbian nuclear research reactor where it posed potential security and environmental threats.It was the largest single shipment of spent nuclear fuel made under an international programme to repatriate such material to the nations that originally supplied it, the IAEA said in a press release.The delivery of the spent fuel to the Russian facility ends the project to repatriate fuel from the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences outside Belgrade, where the Soviet Union had built and fuelled a 6.5-megawatt nuclear research reactor in the 1950s.The project began in 2002 when fresh highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel was transferred to Russia. Today’s shipment consisted of over 8,000 spent fuel elements, including 13 kilogrammes of HEU.“This was a very complicated project. We had to involve governments, contractors, and non-governmental organizations,” said Yukiya Amano, the IAEA Director General. “It was a great success. It was a success story and we are very happy to continue to cooperate with stakeholders to repatriate highly enriched uranium,” he added.The latest fuel transfer began on 18 November, when 16 shipping containers holding the fuel were loaded onto heavy cargo trucks at the Vinca Institute.Using trucks and trains, the convoy traversed Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia under heavy security before arriving on 21 November at the Slovenian port of Koper. There, crews loaded the containers onto a cargo ship which then began a three-week journey to Russia’s arctic port at Murmansk.Back on rails, the fuel moved to Russia’s reprocessing facility at Mayak, where technicians will separate the still-usable uranium from the spent fuel and store the remaining nuclear waste for future safe disposal.The IAEA has actively participated in efforts to repatriate research reactor fuel, including transfers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Libya, Romania, and Viet Nam. In addition, the IAEA is supporting efforts to help nations convert their research reactors to use low-enriched uranium fuel. read more