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Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water
SCIENCE DAILY Scientists have developed inexpensive, oxidized carbon particles that extract radioactive metals from water. They said their materials may help purify contaminated waters stored after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. 2 days
Creating atomic scale nanoribbons
PHYS.ORG Silicon crystals are the semiconductors most commonly used to make transistors, which are critical electronic components used to carry out logic operations in computing. However, as faster and more powerful processors are created, silicon has reached a performance limit: the... 3 days
Calibrating the calibrator—the National Standard Neutron Source
PHYS.ORG Neutron detectors and sources play critical roles in national defense, homeland security, nuclear power plant control, radiation medicine, petroleum exploration, materials science, industrial imaging, and a host of other applications. It is essential that... 4 days
A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy
PHYS.ORG VIDEO In a world struggling to kick its addiction to fossil fuels and feed its growing appetite for energy, there's one technology in development that... 5 days
Nanoscale view of energy storage
SCIENCE DAILY Through long shifts at the helm of a highly sophisticated microscope, researchers have recorded reactions at near-atomic-scale resolution. Their success is another step toward building a better battery. 5 days
Energy penetration into arrays of aligned nanowires irradiated with relativistic intensities: Scaling to terabar pressures
Science Magazine Ultrahigh-energy density (UHED) matter, characterized by energy densities >1 x 108 J cm–3 and pressures greater than a... 1 week
Controversial nuclear power plant near New York to close
PHYS.ORG The controversial Indian Point nuclear plant near New York will close in 2021, a casualty of low energy prices and relentless criticism by environmentalists, the power company announced Monday. 2 weeks
US energy boss lauds opening of nuke repository
PHYS.ORG It was the determination of workers over nearly three years and pure ingenuity that allowed the nation's only underground repository for low-level nuclear waste to recover from a radiation release, the head... 2 weeks
Black holes hide in our cosmic backyard
PHYS.ORG Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits high-energy X-rays that NASA's NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic... 2 weeks
How light pulses can create channels that conduct electricity with no resistance in atomically thin semiconductors
PHYS.ORG Theoretical physicists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory used computer simulations to show... 2 weeks
Flying Saucers to Mind Control: 22 Declassified Military & CIA Secrets
LIVE SCIENCE Government and military secrets can range from terrifying to amusing to downright absurd, but most are nothing short of intriguing. From programs to build supersonic flying... 3 weeks
Company stands by plan to bury nuke waste near Lake Huron
PHYS.ORG A Canadian company that wants to bury waste from nuclear power plants near Lake Huron said Tuesday a study of alternative sites had found none better... 3 weeks
Study provides new insights into fluctuations of wind energy, with implications for engineering and policy
PHYS.ORG The amount of energy generated by renewables fluctuates depending on the natural variability of resources at any given... 3 weeks
Solvent-free, catalyst-free way to produce alkali metal hydrides
PHYS.ORG Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have found a way to create alkali metal hydrides without the use of solvents or catalysts.  The process, using room temperature mechanical ball... 1 month
Curiosity's Most Incredible Mars Snapshots of 2016
SPACE.COM It's been a big year for NASA's nuclear-powered robot on the Martian surface — here are some of its most stunning Red Planet photographs from the past 12 months. 1 month
What's the Real Potential of Fusion Energy?
SPACE.COM For centuries, humans have dreamed of harnessing the power of the sun to energize our lives here on Earth. But we want to go beyond collecting solar energy, and one day generate our own... 1 month
Tokamak is ready to test ITER's internal components
PHYS.ORG On 14 December 2016, the WEST tokamak produced its first plasma, reflecting the success of the operations carried out since 2013 on the CEA nuclear fusion reactor. Now that this major milestone... 1 month
Turbulent transport of hydrogen fuel in fusion plasmas
PHYS.ORG Using large-scale computer simulations, the Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy research group at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences is making important contributions to Joint European Torus (JET), the biggest fusion... 1 month
Toward safer, long-life nuclear reactors—metal design could raise radiation resistance by 100 times
PHYS.ORG In findings that could change the way industries like nuclear energy and aerospace look for materials that can stand up to radiation... 1 month
Feds: No 'show-stoppers' found in nuke readiness review
PHYS.ORG U.S. Energy Department officials said Thursday no "show-stoppers" were found during an intensive review of whether the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico is ready to reopen following a... 1 month
UN: Threat of a hacking attack on nuclear plants is growing
PHYS.ORG The "nightmare scenario" is rising for a hacking attack on a nuclear power plant's computer system that causes the uncontrolled release of radiation, the United Nations'... 1 month
Iran eyes nuclear-powered ships after US sanctions move
PHYS.ORG Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday ordered the country's scientists to start work on nuclear-powered ships in response to the expected renewal of sanctions by the United States. 1 month
Energy cascades in quasicrystals trigger an avalanche of discovery
PHYS.ORG Most materials, when viewed at the atomic level, come in one of two types. Some materials, like table salt, are highly crystalline, which means that the atoms in the material... 1 month
Technique could continuously assess aging of materials in a high-radiation environment, in real-time
PHYS.ORG Materials exposed to a high-radiation environment such as the inside of a nuclear reactor vessel can gradually degrade and weaken. But to... 1 month
Nanoscale analysis of materials for future fusion reactors
PHYS.ORG Scientists from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia) have clarified how changing the nanostructure of materials for future energy fusion reactors influences their plasticity, heat resistance and other important properties. 1 month
Magnetic Reconnection Research Sheds Light on Explosive Phenomena in Astrophysics and Fusion Experiments
ASTRO WATCH Scientists are closer than ever to unraveling a process called magnetic reconnection that triggers explosive phenomena throughout the universe. Solar flares, northern... 1 month
'Star in a Jar' Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy
LIVE SCIENCE New tests verify that Germany's Wendelstein 7-X fusion energy device is on track to safely suspend plasma in magnetic fields. 1 month
Nanoceramic material for more safe and economical nuclear reactors
PHYS.ORG An international team of researchers has created a nanoceramic material that not only can withstand the harsh effects of radiation, but also becomes tougher under radiation. 1 month
'Star in a Jar' Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy
SPACE.COM New tests verify that Germany's Wendelstein 7-X fusion energy device is on track to safely suspend plasma in magnetic fields. 1 month
Physicists find structural phase transitions in 2-D atomic materials
PHYS.ORG An international team led by University of Arkansas physicists has discovered drastic changes in material properties occurring in a group of two-dimensional materials that are being investigated as candidates to... 1 month
Magnetic reconnection research sheds light on explosive phenomena in astrophysics and fusion experiments
PHYS.ORG Scientists are closer than ever to unraveling a process called magnetic reconnection that triggers explosive phenomena throughout the universe. Solar flares, northern... 1 month
Physicists confirm the precision of magnetic fields in the most advanced stellarator in the world
PHYS.ORG Physicist Sam Lazerson of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with... 2 months
What's the Real Potential of Fusion Energy?
LIVE SCIENCE Fusion development takes time. It cannot be developed in miniature and then be simply scaled up. But we must work now, to make it possible to meet humanity's need for abundant, clean energy, one... 2 months
Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom
PHYS.ORG The sun is setting on Japan's clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say. 2 months
Mysteries of enzyme mechanism revealed
SCIENCE DAILY A breakthrough advance has been made by trapping an intermediate in the mechanism of enzymes called heme peroxidases and determining its structure using a beam of neutrons from the heart of a nuclear reactor. 2 months
Ukraine moves giant new safety dome over Chernobyl
PHYS.ORG Ukraine on Tuesday unveiled the world's largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations. 2 months
Clarifying plasma oscillation by high-energy particles
PHYS.ORG The National Institute for Fusion Science has developed new code that can simulate the movement of plasma and, simultaneously, the movement of particles circulating at high speeds. In the Japanese fusion reactor called the Large Helical... 2 months
Scientists unveil hidden step in enzyme mechanism
PHYS.ORG An international research team led by the University of Leicester has made a breakthrough advance by trapping an intermediate in the mechanism of enzymes called heme peroxidases and determining its structure using a beam... 2 months
Marine sediments record variations in the Earth's magnetic field
PHYS.ORG Past variations in the strength of the Earth's magnetic field are reflected by the production of isotopes in the atmosphere. Researchers from the CNRS, Aix Marseille Université and the French... 2 months
Offshore quake causes tsunamis, nuclear worries in Japan
PHYS.ORG Coastal residents fled to higher ground as a powerful earthquake sent a series of moderate tsunamis toward Japan's northeastern shore Tuesday and fueled concerns about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by... 2 months
India to become Associate Member State of CERN
CERN The CERN Director General and the Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy of the Government of India sign the agreement admitting India to CERN as an Associate Member. (Photo: CERN) Today,... 2 months
Researchers use ion acceleration to simulate reactor-like conditions in metallic alloys
PHYS.ORG Metals travel forward in time at the Ion Accelerator Laboratory, a facility within Texas A&M University's Department of Nuclear Engineering and researchers within the department's Ion... 2 months
First observations of tongue deformation of plasma based upon the Artsimovich Prediction
SCIENCE DAILY Aiming for the achievement of fusion energy, research on confining a high temperature, high density plasma in a magnetic field is being conducted around... 2 months
Simulations show swirling rings, whirlpool-like structure in subatomic 'soup'
SCIENCE DAILY Powerful supercomputer simulations of high-energy collisions between atomic cores provide new insights about the complex structure of a superhot fluid called the quark-gluon plasma. 2 months
Simulations show swirling rings, whirlpool-like structure in subatomic 'soup'
PHYS.ORG At its start, the universe was a superhot melting pot that very briefly served up a particle soup resembling a "perfect," frictionless fluid. Scientists have recreated this "soup," known as... 2 months
National MagLab racks up new world record with hybrid magnet
PHYS.ORG After a decade of planning, designing and building, the Florida State University-based National High Magnetic Field Laboratory now has the strongest magnet in the world for nuclear magnetic... 2 months
What the 'cold fusion' debacle has revealed
PHYS.ORG "Cold fusion" has a serious legacy problem. Back in 1989, researchers announced that they had demonstrated the phenomenon—a nuclear reaction producing excess heat at room temperature—that promised to revolutionize clean energy. Soon after, they... 2 months
PPPL physicists build diagnostic that measures plasma velocity in real time
PHYS.ORG Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a diagnostic that provides crucial real-time information about the ultrahot plasma... 2 months
TUM and JGU activate new source of ultra-cold neutrons
PHYS.ORG Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have opened a new chapter in their long-standing collaboration concerning the generation of ultra-cold neutrons (UCN).... 2 months
Polarized Nuclear Imaging: New Technique Has Potential for High-Resolution Medical Diagnostics
SCI-NEWS.COM A team of researchers at the University of Virginia has devised a new imaging approach that combines powerful aspects of both magnetic resonance imaging and gamma-ray... 3 months
A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy