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How to Rid the World of the “Element from Hell”

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The vast majority of the radioactive plutonium on the planet is man-made—roughly 500 metric tons, or enough to make 100,000 nuclear weapons by the calculations of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. Much of it is the legacy of the nuclear arms race between the U.S. and Russia in the latter decades of the 20th [...]

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A need for new nukes? “Modular reactors” for energy attract interest

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The entire budget of the U.S. Department of Energy branch that covers today’s energy mix—from cleaning up energy generation’s environmental aftermath to energy efficiency programs and renewable energy development—is $10 billion. That’s enough to "either build one supercollider on the basic end or one nuclear power plant on the applied end," said Kristina Johnson, the [...]

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The Curious Wavefunction

Who’s afraid of nuclear waste?: WIPPing transuranics into shape

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About 50 miles from the Texas border in southeastern New Mexico sits the town of Carlsbad, home of the renowned Carlsbad Caverns. Its lesser-known claim to fame which actually might have a disproportionately long-lasting impact on the future of energy and the human species is as a site for the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation [...]

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