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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?

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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?

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Forget Nuclear Fission, How about Fusion?

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

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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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    • September 2006 The Nuclear Option

      The Nuclear Option

      A threefold expansion of nuclear power could contribute significantly to staving off climate change by avoiding one billion to two billion tons of carbon emissions annually

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