The Future of Nuclear Power

The U.S.--and the world--is gearing up to build a potentially massive fleet of new nuclear reactors, in part to fight climate change. But can nuclear power handle the load?

Atomic Weight: Balancing the Risks and Rewards of a Power Source

Nuclear power--like most forms of electricity generation--carries inherent risks. Is it worth the minor chance of a major catastrophe?


Reactivating Nuclear Reactors for the Fight against Climate Change

Even environmentalists are reevaluating nuclear power as a possible solution to global warming, but can it really help?


Forget Nuclear Fission, How about Fusion?

Imitating the sun remains an elusive goal for energy researchers. David Biello reports


Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Trash Heap Deadly for 250,000 Years or a Renewable Energy Source?

Nuclear waste is either a millennia's worth of lethal garbage or the fuel of future nuclear reactors--or both


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