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New Geochemistry Technique Yields Clues about Earth’s Earliest Days

November 26, 2019

Half a century ago, in the lab nicknamed the “Lunatic Asylum” in the Charles Arms Laboratory of the…
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…
Combining fundamental chemistry with high-performance computing resources at ORNL, researchers demonstrate a more efficient method for recovering uranium from seawater, unveiling a prototype material that outperforms best-in-class uranium adsorbents. Credit: Alexander Ivanov/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Bio-inspired material targets oceans’ uranium stores for sustainable nuclear energy

May 17, 2019

Scientists have demonstrated a new bio-inspired material for an eco-friendly and cost-effective approach to recovering uranium from seawater.…
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…
Uranium in mine dust could dissolve in human lungs

December 11, 2018

New Mexico contains hundreds of historic uranium mines. Although active uranium mining in the state has ceased, rates…
U.S. uranium imports continue as domestic production remains at historical lows

October 4, 2018

During 2017, owners and operators of U.S. nuclear power plants purchased 40 million pounds of uranium from foreign suppliers. Canada, Australia, Russia,…
U.S. uranium production in 2017 was the lowest since 2004

February 28, 2018

U.S. uranium concentrate production totaled 2.44 million pounds in 2017, down 16% from 2016 and the lowest annual…
Lasers can detect weapons-grade uranium from afar

March 13, 2017

A technique for detecting enriched uranium with lasers could help regulators sniff out illicit nuclear activities from as…
New technique could lead to safer, more efficient uranium extraction, aid environmental cleanup

January 27, 2017

The separation of uranium, a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle, could potentially be done more safely…
Uranium in Spring Water North of Grand Canyon Likely Not Related to Nearby Mining Activity

January 25, 2017

Uranium levels in Pigeon Spring, just north of the Grand Canyon, are likely due to a natural source…
Nuclear CSI: Noninvasive Procedure Could Identify Criminal Nuclear Activity

November 4, 2016

Determining if an individual has handled nuclear materials, such as uranium or plutonium, is a challenge national defense…
U.S. uranium production is near historic low as imports continue to fuel U.S. reactors

June 2, 2016

Most of the uranium loaded into U.S. nuclear power reactors is imported. During 2015, owners and operators of…
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…
Advances in extracting uranium from seawater announced

April 24, 2016

The oceans hold more than four billion tons of uranium—enough to meet global energy needs for the next…
Trap and neutralize: A new way to clean contaminated groundwater

April 14, 2016

A team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have helped discover a new chemical method to…
Estimates of Potential Uranium in South Texas Could Equal Five Years of U.S. Needs

December 3, 2015

The potential for almost five years of annual domestic U.S. nuclear fuel requirements may exist in south Texas,…
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…
U.S. reactor operators increase uranium purchases from Kazakhstan

October 6, 2015

Kazakhstan became the leading supplier of uranium for the 100 operating U.S. nuclear power reactors in 2014, supplying…
Study: Two major U.S. aquifers contaminated by natural uranium

August 18, 2015

Nearly 2 million people throughout the Great Plains and California live above aquifer sites contaminated with natural uranium…
Uranium (IV) found to be mobile in a natural wetland

December 18, 2013

This is the study site in Limousin, France. Credit: EPFL — 2011 Because they are known to mop…
New sorbents efficiently extract uranium from seawater

November 21, 2013

Uranium mining for the nuclear industry causes immense environmental damage, which becomes more severe as reserves are depleted.…
Analyzing uranium ore concentrate samples

October 4, 2013

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers has pioneered the use of a long-standing technology for…
Impurities in natural minerals can affect uranium mobility

July 30, 2013

Past mining of uranium for use as an energy source and from enrichment and weapons production activities at…
Uranium crystals could reveal future of nuclear fuel

June 26, 2013

Mention the word “crystals” and few people think of nuclear fuel. Unless you are Eric Burgett. The Idaho…
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