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August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

Amid Terror Threats, New Hope for Radiation Antidote

June 1, 2016 — Researchers have identified promising drugs that could lead to the first antidote for radiation exposure that might result from a dirty bomb terror attack or a nuclear accident such as ... read more

Ambitious Experiments Cast Light on Far Reaches of Periodic Table

May 23, 2016 — A study of newly made chemical compounds is giving scientists a fresh understanding of an elusive ... read more

Fukushima Nuclear Accident Is 'Wake-Up Call' for US to Improve Monitoring of Spent Fuel Pools

May 20, 2016 — The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident should serve as a wake-up call to nuclear plant operators and regulators on the critical importance of measuring, maintaining, and restoring cooling in ... read more

May 17, 2016 — Researchers have mapped the distribution of boron compounds in a model control rod, paving the way for determining re-criticality risk within the ... read more

Nuclear Physics' Interdisciplinary Progress

May 10, 2016 — The theoretical view of the structure of the atom nucleus is not carved in stone. Particularly, nuclear physics research could benefit from approaches found in other fields of ... read more

Physics: From the Atomic to the Nuclear Clock

May 6, 2016 — Measuring time using oscillations of atomic nuclei might significantly improve precision beyond that of current atomic clocks. Physicists have now taken an important step toward this ... read more

Underwater Archaeology Looks at Atomic Relic of the Cold War

Apr. 28, 2016 — New research focuses on a single shipwreck as the lens through which maritime archaeology assesses the advent of the Atomic Age and the Cold War. The wreck is the World War II veteran aircraft ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — The modern challenge of nuclear waste storage and disposal has researchers looking back at ancient materials from around the ... read more

Radioactive Waste Disposal Could Be Safer and Cheaper

Apr. 26, 2016 — Scientists have developed a technology to reprocess irradiated reactor graphite by evaporation. This technology allows making radioactive waste disposal safer and economically ... read more

Chernobyl, Three Decades on

Apr. 26, 2016 — The Chernobyl disaster struck 30 years ago today. The devastating radiation spill created a huge radio-ecological laboratory where scientists have been studying the effects of radiation on ... read more

Apr. 21, 2016 — The oceans hold more than four billion tons of uranium -- enough to meet global energy needs for the next 10,000 years if only we could capture the element from seawater to fuel nuclear power plants. ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — Researchers have demonstrated proof of concept for a novel low-energy nuclear reaction imaging technique designed to detect the presence of 'special nuclear materials' -- weapons-grade ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — Scientists demonstrated that a positively charged protactinium dioxide ion may not exist in aqueous solution like other highly charged actinides, such as uranium and ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — Scientists have recently conducted plutonium experiments using a pulsed power Z Machine that have reached regions of pressure, temperature and density in plutonium never before explored in the ... read more

Apr. 6, 2016 — A team of international researchers has successfully measured precise binding energy of a (_?^10)Be hypernucleus made of four protons (p), five neutrons (n) and a Lambda (?) particle, at Thomas ... read more

Sniffing out a Dangerous Vapor

Mar. 26, 2016 — Engineers have developed a new type of fiber material for a handheld scanner that can detect small traces of alkane fuel vapor, a valuable advancement that could be an early-warning signal for leaks ... read more

Researchers Crack 50-Year-Old Nuclear Waste Problem, Make Storage Safer

Mar. 16, 2016 — Researchers have adapted a technology developed for solar energy in order to selectively remove one of the trickiest and most-difficult-to-remove elements in nuclear waste pools across the country, ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — Through experiments and computer models of gas releases, scientists have simulated signatures of gases from underground nuclear explosions (UNEs) that may be carried by winds far from the ... read more

New Fuel Materials Could Make Nuclear Reactors Safer

Mar. 16, 2016 — Nuclear power is an important energy source and is essential as a clean energy to reduce current carbon emissions from fossil fuels. However, many people feel the risk of nuclear accidents does not ... read more

Mar. 15, 2016 — Although Barot did not build the bombs, national security experts believe terrorists continue to be interested in such devices for terror plots. Now researchers have proposed a new technique to ... read more

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