Purdue University’s Yulia Puskhar, a biophysicist and professor of physics in Purdue’s College of Science, may have a way to harness photosynthetic energy by mimicking plants. Plants can make energy directly from the sun. That process of turning sunlight directly into usable energy – called photosynthesis – may soon be a feat humans are able […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… A Los Alamos National Laboratory’s key energy security mission is developing safe and sustainable fuels for nuclear energy. For now uranium dioxide, a radioactive actinide oxide, is the most widely used nuclear fuel in today’s nuclear power plants. But a new “combustion synthesis” process recently established for lanthanide metals – non-radioactive elements that are […]

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 […]

Texas A&M University scientists have developed a new single-step strategy for recycling used nuclear fuel. A typical nuclear reactor uses only a very small fraction of its fuel rod to produce power before the energy-generating reaction naturally terminates. What is left behind is an assortment of radioactive elements, including unused fuel, that are disposed of […]

University of Sussex chemists have found a new use for the waste product of nuclear power. They are transforming an unused stockpile into a versatile compound which could be used to create valuable commodity chemicals as well as new energy sources. Depleted uranium (DU) is a radioactive by-product from the reaction process used to create […]

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