Texas A&M University researchers have developed a model that can better predict the physical phenomenon inside of very-high-temperature pebble-bed reactors. Reactors have improved exponentially in terms of safety, sustainability and efficiency. Unlike the light-water reactors at Fukushima, which had liquid coolant and uranium fuel, the current generation of reactors has a variety of coolant options, […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have analyzed the causes of many cost overruns on new nuclear power plants in the US, which have soared in the past 50 years. The findings may help designers of new plants build in resilience to prevent such added costs. Many analysts believe nuclear power will play an essential part […]

In the lab of Fabrizio Carbone at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and their international colleagues, these physicists have now demonstrated experimentally the ability to coherently manipulate the wave function of a free electron down to the attosecond timescale. Attoseconds are 10 to the 18th of a second. The team also developed a theory […]

Working quietly Lockheed Martin has obtained a patent associated with its design for a potentially revolutionary compact fusion reactor (CFR). The patent, about part of the confinement system, or embodiment, is dated Feb. 15, 2018. In the process from the famed defense contractor it had filed a provisional claim on April 3, 2013 and a […]

Manchester University scientists have revealed how arsenic molecules might be used to ‘fish out’ or clean up the most toxic elements from radioactive nuclear waste. This could be a breakthrough that could make the decommissioning industry even safer and more effective. If successful the method may reduce the public relations tension in fission driven nuclear […]

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