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Going small can help determine where nuclear material came from and how it was made

August 30, 2019

Until recently, the analysis and identification of nuclear fuel pellets in nuclear forensics investigations have been mainly focused…
Fueling of NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Power System Begins

July 25, 2019

NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, has given the go-ahead to begin fueling the…
Study: Many Thyroid Cancer Patients Say They Had No Choice About Radioactive Iodine

July 9, 2019

After thyroid cancer surgery, many patients should be in the position of deciding with their doctors whether to…
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…
A Promising Trap for Radioactive Waste

June 10, 2019

Material could tackle isotope at Hanford and beyond. While useful in very small amounts to scan and diagnose…
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…
A Faster Technique to Purify Elements – Separation Anxiety No More

June 4, 2019

A more efficient chemical separation method pioneered by Berkeley Lab scientists could accelerate access to promising cancer treatment.…
Subcritical experiment captures scientific measurements to advance stockpile safety

May 27, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) successfully executed its first subcritical experiment since 2003 on Feb. 13 at the…
Researchers Study Radioactive Material Behavior—Without the Radioactivity

April 24, 2019

Novel particle inquiry and outcomes are featured on cover of prominent journal. There’s much to learn about what…
A universal tool to improve global security

February 23, 2019

Elusive antineutrinos can help monitor nuclear power plants and other activity. The United Kingdom is investing nearly £10…
Transitions: Argonne’s pioneering study of nuclear energy future

February 21, 2019

Broad collaborative research effort offers glimpse into the future of nuclear energy. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Plant…
Zirconium isotope a master at neutron capture

January 11, 2019

The probability that a nucleus will absorb a neutron is important to many areas of nuclear science, including…
Road, rail, boat: Sandia transport triathlon puts spent nuclear fuel to the test

March 14, 2018

Spent nuclear fuel needs to be safely transported from the power plants where it is generated to interim…
Researchers Suggest the Exact date to Mark the Beginning of the Anthropocene

February 20, 2018

Scientists have been debating the concept of the Anthropocene — a proposed new epoch in Earth’s history with…
First Nuclear Explosion Helps Test Theory of Moon’s Formation

February 10, 2017

Decades-old radioactive glass found blanketing the ground after the first nuclear test bomb explosion is being used by…
Winds carried radioactive materials from Fukushima to Tokyo

January 15, 2017

University of Tokyo researchers have revealed through observational data analysis and computer simulation that what are known as…
Physicists measured something new in the radioactive decay of neutrons

June 16, 2016

A physics experiment performed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has enhanced scientists’ understanding of…
New Technique Could Improve Detection of Concealed Nuclear Materials

April 19, 2016

Researchers have demonstrated proof of concept for a novel low-energy nuclear reaction imaging technique designed to detect the…
Upgraded nuclear physics facility starts up

November 17, 2015

Over the last few weeks, CERN’s nuclear physics facility, ISOLDE, has been producing ion beams at higher energies.…
An ‘apatite’ for radionuclides

October 20, 2015

Sandia National Laboratories geochemist Mark Rigali and his colleagues are developing and deploying apatite-based technologies to protect groundwater…
New Shellfish Reference Material Will Help Monitor Oceans’ Radioactive Contamination

August 5, 2015

A new reference material that will help laboratories accurately measure radioactive contamination in seawater is now available from…
Global samples from nuclear contamination sites reveal unpredicted uranium and plutonium behavior

June 16, 2015

Knowing how a chemical in soil reacts and transforms over time in response to neighboring elements, weather and…
Hidden Uncertainties Uncovered in Nuclear Forensic Measurement

February 3, 2015

A little detective work by nuclear physicists has uncovered hidden uncertainties in a popular method for precisely measuring…
MINER shines in urban emergency response exercise

October 31, 2014

A nuclear device has been hidden in a high-rise building in a major metropolitan area. Emergency responders have…
Precise activity measurements on Cl-36 samples refute a dependence of the decay rate on the distance between the Earth and the Sun

October 13, 2014

A group of US American scientists had recently published measurement data concerning the radioactive isotope chlorine-36 [1]. The…
Polonium’s Most Stable Isotope Gets Revised Half-Life Measurement

September 10, 2014

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have determined* that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of…
Microalgae and aquatic plants can help to decrease radiopollution in the Fukushima area

January 10, 2014

After a huge earthquake caused severe damage to the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, Japanese plant…
Scientists discover clue in the case of the missing silver

January 3, 2014

INL leads research efforts to test advanced TRISO nuclear fuel, which has several layers of carbon and carbide…
Nuclear agency urges work to secure radioactive sources

October 28, 2013

Member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency should work together to boost security around radioactive sources, the…
New leak at crippled Fukushima nuclear plant: TEPCO

October 3, 2013

Another leak of radioactive water has been found at Fukushima, the plant’s Japanese operator said Thursday, the latest…
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