Nuclear power--like most forms of electricity generation--carries inherent risks. Is it worth the minor chance of a major catastrophe?
Even environmentalists are reevaluating nuclear power as a possible solution to global warming, but can it really help?
Steve Fetter, dean of the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, supplies an answer
Nuclear waste is either a millennia's worth of lethal garbage or the fuel of future nuclear reactors--or both
Imitating the sun remains an elusive goal for energy researchers. David Biello reports
A new generation of reactors after more than 30 years without a new nuclear plant raises hopes, opportunities and concerns. David Biello reports. See tinyurl.com/2pb4bc
Newly approved reactor designs could reduce global warming and fossil-fuel dependence, but utilities are grappling with whether better nukes make market sense
New Jersey-based NRG Energy applies to build the first new nuclear power plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years
An obscure scale helps communicate the relative severity of a nuclear accident
What companies are doing to keep consumers out of the dark when a power facility fails
One of the great things about working at the longest-continually published magazine in the U.S.—born in 1845—is thumbing through the archives.
In this episode, MIT physicist Ernest Moniz discusses the future of nuclear energy and the article he co-authored in the September issue of Scientific American called The Nuclear Option. David Holmes of Manchester Metropolitan University talks about the reality of mouse food preferences and whether or not cheese is included. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.sciam.com; http://web.mit.edu/nuclearpower; www.cheese.com; http://www.defensetech.org/archives/2006_09.html.
New, safer and more economical nuclear reactors could not only satisfy many of our future energy needs but could combat global warming as well
Fast-neutron reactors could extract much more energyfrom recycled nuclear fuel, minimize the risks of weapons proliferation and markedly reducethe time nuclear wastemust be isolated
Taking apart a nuclear power plant that has reached the end of its life is a complicated task. But not for the reasons you might expect
Two billion years ago parts of an African uranium deposit spontaneously underwent nuclear fission. The details of this remarkable phenomenon are just now becoming clear
Radiation monitors at U.S. ports cannot reliably detect highly enriched uranium, which onshore terrorists could assemble into a nuclear bomb
A new wave of nuclear power plant construction has boosted the price of uranium reactor fuel
Using comic books to explore the issues and history of nuclear power
Plans are afoot to reuse spent reactor fuel in the U.S. But the advantages of the scheme pale in comparison with its dangers
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