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April 27, 2017

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April 27, 2017

New Laser Spectroscopy Technique to Understand Atomic and Nuclear Structure of Radioactive Atoms

Feb. 23, 2017 — An international collaboration with research groups from five countries – Belgium, Finland, France, Germany and Russia – have applyied high-resolution laser ionization of radioactive atoms in a ... read more

Nuclear Regulation: Safety Is Valued Too Low, Research Review Shows

Feb. 3, 2017 — The benchmark used by the Office for Nuclear Regulation for judging how much should be spent on nuclear safety has no basis in evidence and places insufficient value on human life, suggests a new ... read more

Breakthrough Offers Greater Understanding of Safe Radioactive Waste Disposal

Nov. 18, 2016 — A group of scientists has completed research into radioactively contaminated material to gain further understanding around the issue, crucial for the safe and more efficient completion of future ... read more

Nov. 3, 2016 — The new SPIRAL2 particle accelerator at the French large heavy-ion accelerator GANIL (CNRS/CEA), inaugurated on November 3, will be able to produce immensely powerful particle beams, enabling ... read more

Nov. 1, 2016 — Determining if a person has handled nuclear materials, such as uranium or plutonium, is a challenge national defense agencies face. The standard protocol to detect uranium exposure is through a urine ... read more

New Method to Help Solve the Problem of Nuclear Waste

Oct. 27, 2016 — In the last decades, nanomaterials have gained broad scientific and technological interest due to their unusual properties compared to micrometre-sized materials. At this scale, matter shows ... read more

Impact of the Fukushima Accident on Marine Life, Five Years Later

Oct. 18, 2016 — Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Approximately ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — A unique new imaging method, called "polarized nuclear imaging" - combining powerful aspects of both magnetic resonance imaging and gamma-ray imaging and developed by two physicists in the ... read more

Don't Panic, but Your Avocado Is Radioactive: Study Eyes Radiation of Everyday Objects

Oct. 7, 2016 — Most people assume all radioactive materials are dangerous, if not deadly. But a new study on the radiation emitted by everyday objects highlights the fact that we interact with radioactive materials ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — Investigators sent a mock B61-12 nuclear weapon speeding down the labs’ 10,000-foot rocket sled track to slam nose-first into a steel and concrete wall in a spectacular test that mimicked a ... read more

Scientists Demonstrate a Novel Physical Cryptographic Technique That May Have Applicability to Future Nuclear Disarmament Agreements

Sep. 20, 2016 — A new article describes successful demonstration of cryptographic technique that may have applicability to future nuclear disarmament ... read more

Nuclear Threat to Heart Patients? Experts Show Impact from Shortage of Radioactive Stress Test Tracer

Sep. 16, 2016 — Nearly 15 million times a year, heart patients climb onto a treadmill to take a stress test that can reveal blockages in their heart’s blood vessels. But a looming shortage of a crucial short-lived ... read more

Plutonium Keeps Its Electrons Close to Home

Sep. 15, 2016 — Extremely complex plutonium has ties to energy and security. Scientists found that plutonium's behavior, in plutonium tetrafluoride, can be attributed to atoms hoarding ... read more

Sep. 13, 2016 — A new particle accelerator generating radioactive isotopes for use in nuclear chemistry will be employed to create new medical radiopharmaceuticals, report ... read more

Sep. 9, 2016 — Scientists have developed numerous models to predict how much fuel remains inside Earth to drive its engines -- and estimates vary widely -- but the true amount remains unknown. In a new article, a ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — The mining and milling of Canadian uranium contributes very few greenhouse gases to nuclear power’s already low emissions, a research group has ... read more

New PET Scan for Prostate Cancer Patients

Sep. 6, 2016 — A new effective PET/CT scan for prostate cancer patients can detect the location and extent of cancer that has recurred after initial treatment. Prostate PET/CT scans can detect cancer earlier than ... read more

Insight Into Radioactive Isotope Could Lead to Cancer Breakthrough

Sep. 1, 2016 — Research uncovers the true properties of rare radioactive metal that could provide key to targeted cancer drugs, report ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Scientists have captured the fundamental chemistry of the element berkelium, or Bk on the periodic ... read more

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Semiconductors Enable Cost-Effective Detection of Neutron Signals

Aug. 16, 2016 — Researchers have developed an alternative material -- hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors -- for neutron detection. This material fulfills many key requirements for helium gas detector ... read more

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