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Argonne discovery offers new way to coat nuclear materials

September 4, 2019

Argonne scientists have discovered a new way to coat nuclear materials that supports efforts to minimize use of…
Antineutrino Detection Could Help Remotely Monitor Nuclear Reactors

August 7, 2019

Technology to measure the flow of subatomic particles known as antineutrinos from nuclear reactors could allow continuous remote…
Shaped like spaceship from a sci-fi movie, with the stellar nursery Eagle Nebula as a backdrop, the name of Vast Area Detector for Experimental Radiochemistry (VADER) diagnostic may betray its origin. VADER is used to collect debris from star-like plasmas created at NIF. Credit: Brian Chavez (composition) and NASA (HST image)
Stellar reactions in a galaxy not so far, far away

July 2, 2019

Few people over the course of history have had a hand in discovering an atomic element. Yet nuclear…
New research identifies Fukushima reactor material in environment

June 27, 2019

Through the analysis of specific fallout particles in the environment, a joint UK-Japan team of scientists has uncovered…
World War II Nazi Artifact at Work at PNNL

June 5, 2019

Heisenberg Cube now helps prevent nuclear materials smuggling. Since PNNL has its roots in Hanford and the Manhattan Project, perhaps…
Argonne’s role in the Versatile Test Reactor Program to provide platform for future nuclear reactor technologies

May 2, 2019

Pivotal technology will enable evaluation of many advanced reactor fuels and designs. For the first time in several…
Breakthrough in boiling

April 24, 2019

High-fidelity simulations by MIT nuclear researchers point the way to optimizing heat transfer in current and next-generation reactors.…
The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors uses its Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications (VERA) software for the modeling and simulation of various nuclear reactors, such as the Westinghouse AP1000 pressurized water reactor. Through recent funding from the Department of Energy, ORNL will work with Exelon Generation to enhance capabilities of VERA software for boiling water reactors applications, which will lead to better predictions of reactor performance. Image credit: ORNL
ORNL partners industry address multiple nuclear technology challenges

December 21, 2018

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is collaborating with industry on six new projects focused on…
NASA Has Tested a New Fission Space Reactor that Could be Used in Future Missions

May 4, 2018

Looking to the future of crewed space exploration, it is clear to NASA and other space agencies that…
Lawrence Livermore to lead United States-United Kingdom consortium for demonstrating remote monitoring of nuclear reactors

March 28, 2018

Harnessing the unusual characteristics of the elusive subatomic particles known as antineutrinos, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will…
Nuclear—Simulation scale-up

March 3, 2018

Nuclear scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are retooling existing software used to simulate radiation transport in small…
Decommissioning nuclear reactors is a long-term and costly process

November 20, 2017

Since 2013, six commercial nuclear reactors in the United States have shut down, and an additional eight reactors…
South Carolina utilities stop construction of new nuclear reactors

August 16, 2017

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, and South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee…
Lancaster engineers to develop radiation detection prototype

June 26, 2017

A prototype detector that will be able to help identify radioactive leaks around major nuclear sites is to…
Most U.S. nuclear power plants were built between 1970 and 1990

April 29, 2017

As of 2016, the United States had 99 operating nuclear reactors at 61 plants across the country, with…
Indian Point, closest nuclear plant to New York City, set to retire by 2021

February 2, 2017

In January 2017, Entergy Nuclear and the state of New York reached an agreement to retire the two…
First new U.S. nuclear reactor in almost two decades set to begin operating

December 27, 2016

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Watts Bar Unit 2 was connected to the power grid on June 3,…
Fort Calhoun becomes fifth U.S. nuclear plant to retire in past five years

November 1, 2016

The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Generating Station, located near Omaha, Nebraska, shut down on Monday, October 24, after the…
PROSPECT experiment will search for sterile neutrinos

June 1, 2016

Buoyed by a $3 million federal grant, a Yale University-led experiment will explore key questions about the elusive particles…
Argonne, NNSA collaborate with China to convert micro-reactor

April 25, 2016

Chinese officials announced at the recent Nuclear Security Summit that the country commenced operations on a small research…
ORNL’s benchmark data set validates global nuclear reactor codes

March 12, 2016

Nearly 100 commercial nuclear reactors supply one-fifth of America’s energy. For each fuel rod in a reactor assembly,…
Amphibious remote-controlled machines to help clean-up nuclear sites

January 14, 2016

Submersible remote-controlled machines are to be created that will accelerate the clean-up operation at nuclear sites such as…
MSRE’s 50th

October 16, 2015

The short-lived Molten Salt Reactor Experiment is far from forgotten The Molten Salt Reactor Experiment (MSRE), which ran…
Recycling nuclear waste: U-M helps test advanced reactor design

May 29, 2015

An advanced nuclear reactor under development by Hitachi could help solve the nuclear waste problem, and University of…
Discovery sheds light on nuclear reactor fuel behavior during a severe event

November 21, 2014

A new discovery about the atomic structure of uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model…
ANL, KAERI to develop prototype nuclear reactor

August 26, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has teamed up with the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) to…
MIT Offshore Floating Nuclear Plant group to crowdsource ideas for new reactor design

June 3, 2014

A team led by Jacopo Buongiorno, an associate professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, in collaboration…
Researcher finds greatest dangers to nuclear facilities are sabotage and theft from insiders

April 29, 2014

The greatest dangers to nuclear facilities are sabotage and theft from insiders, according to political scientist Scott Sagan.…
Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors

April 25, 2014

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the…
CASL, Westinghouse simulate neutron behavior in AP1000® reactor core

February 19, 2014

Scientists and engineers developing more accurate approaches to analyzing nuclear power reactors have successfully tested a new suite…
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