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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

New Elements Recently Added to Periodic Table

Jan. 30, 2016 — A physicist lays claim to being instrumental in the discovery of four new super-heavy chemical elements—atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118—recently added to the periodic ... read more

Study Provides Insights on Sources of Environmental Contamination Following Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Jan. 19, 2016 — Four years after Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster that led to major releases of radioactivity to environment, questions still remain regarding the original sources of ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — Accelerator physicists have successfully implemented an innovative scheme for increasing proton collision rates at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. More proton collisions produce more data for ... read more

Dec. 23, 2015 — The first U.S. production in nearly 30 years of a specialized fuel to power future deep space missions has been completed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers have restored a US capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other ... read more

Dec. 21, 2015 — In proof-of-principle experiments, scientists used a laser-driven X-ray source to produce an image of a uranium disk no bigger than a stack of three nickels, hidden between 3-inch steel ... read more

Radioactive Matter Migrates More Quickly Through Fractured Carbonate Rock

Dec. 18, 2015 — A new study has determined the impact of intrinsic colloid formation on increased migration of leaked radioactive materials in the environment. Colloids are microscopic inorganic or organic solids ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — An ultra-high-resolution technique used for the first time to study polymer fibers that trap uranium in seawater may cause researchers to rethink the best methods to harvest this potential fuel for ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Researchers have demonstrated that diamonds may hold the key to the future for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies. NMR/MRI signals were significantly ... read more

Combined Imaging Modalities May Change Cancer Management

Dec. 10, 2015 — PET/CT and whole-body MRI detect extraskeletal disease that may change the management of high-risk breast and prostate cancer patients, according to a recent study. In addition, the combined ... read more

Origin of Heavy Elements in the Universe Uncovered

Dec. 8, 2015 — A team of scientists suggests a solution to the Galactic radioactive plutonium puzzle. All the Plutonium used on Earth is artificially produced in nuclear reactors. Still, it turns out that it is ... read more

Producing Cold Electron Beams to Increase Collision Rates at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider

Dec. 8, 2015 — Accelerated ion beams heat up. This causes a problem for physicists trying to get the particles to collide. So physicists are exploring ways to cool the beams and keep their particles tightly ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — Peering into the seething soup of primordial matter created in particle collisions at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) -- an "atom smasher" dedicated to nuclear physics research ... read more

Dec. 1, 2015 — Physicists are proposing a new way to process nuclear waste that uses a plasma-based centrifuge. Known as plasma mass filtering, the new mass separation techniques would supplement chemical ... read more

Nuclear Waste Storage Sites in Rock Salt May Be More Vulnerable Than Previously Thought

Nov. 26, 2015 — Research shows that rock salt, used by Germany and the United States as a subsurface container for radioactive waste, might not be as impermeable as ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — A mechanical device designed to be installed on ITER, the multinational fusion machine being built in the south of France, has been devised using 3D printing and parts bought at ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — For the first time in the world, using the newly installed 'Plasma Simulator' researchers have simulated deuterium plasma turbulence in the Large Helical Device. From this result, we have ... read more

Daring Move for First US-China Fusion Team

Nov. 11, 2015 — Increasing the power and efficiency of magnetic fusion energy may require the risk of running the hot plasma closer than ever to the ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — A newly discovered state of tokamak plasma could sharply boost the performance of future fusion ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Researchers have 'chilled out' unwanted hot spots inside a plasma fusion vessel by injecting pellets of frozen neon and deuterium straight into the hot ... read more

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