The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has built and tested a new lab sized “compact fusion reactor” (CFR). The Skunk Works has built on more than 60 years of fusion research and investment to develop an approach that offers a significant reduction in size compared to government sponsored efforts such as the ITER multinational effort based [...]

University of Manchester scientists think tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear waste disposal. Bacteria with waste-eating properties have been discovered in relatively pristine soils before. The Manchester study is the first time that microbes have been found that can survive in the very harsh conditions expected in radioactive [...]

A team of researchers at MIT is developing an alternative nuclear fuel rod cladding that could provide similar protection for nuclear fuel, while reducing the risk of hydrogen production by roughly a thousandfold. For many people the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster marked another reason nuclear fuel should be discarded as a power source.  The [...]

Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI) founded in late 2012 with Dr. David LeBlanc’s patent-pending Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) technology has oil sands production company partners and a plan for oil sand taxes to pay for the MSR development.  The U.S. investment in nuclear power using technologies that doesn’t produce an abundance of dangerous waste has escaped. [...]

Transatomic, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinoff is developing a nuclear reactor designed to overcome the major barriers to nuclear power.  For the anti nuclear folks the design offers to burn up the existing spent fuel from the world’s fleet of nuclear reactors in a design that doesn’t offer a chance for a meltdown.  That [...]

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