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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?

  • January 26, 2009

Nuclear Energy's Next Generation

A new generation of reactors after more than 30 years without a new nuclear plant raises hopes, opportunities and concerns. David Biello reports. See

September 28, 2007

Can Nuclear Power Compete?

Newly approved reactor designs could reduce global warming and fossil-fuel dependence, but utilities are grappling with whether better nukes make market sense

December 1, 2008 — Matthew L. Wald

Nuclear Power Reborn

New Jersey-based NRG Energy applies to build the first new nuclear power plant in the U.S. in more than 30 years

September 26, 2007 — David Biello

Nuclear Energy's Future, the Mouse-Cheese Relationship

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;;;

September 13, 2006 — Steve Mirsky
Next Generation Nuclear Power

Next Generation Nuclear Power

New, safer and more economical nuclear reactors could not only satisfy many of our future energy needs but could combat global warming as well

January 26, 2009 — James A. Lake, Ralph G. Bennett and John F. Kotek

Smarter Use of Nuclear Waste

Fast-neutron reactors could extract much more energy from recycled nuclear fuel, minimize the risks of weapons proliferation and markedly reduce the time nuclear waste must be isolated

January 26, 2009 — William H. Hannum, Gerald E. Marsh and George S. Stanford

Dismantling Nuclear Reactors

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

January 26, 2009 — Matthew L. Wald
The Workings of an Ancient Nuclear Reactor

The Workings of an Ancient Nuclear Reactor

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

January 26, 2009 — Alex P. Meshik
Detecting Nuclear Smuggling

Detecting Nuclear Smuggling

Radiation monitors at U.S. ports cannot reliably detect highly enriched uranium, which onshore terrorists could assemble into a nuclear bomb

April 1, 2008 — Thomas B. Cochran and Matthew G. McKinzie
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

September 1, 2006 — John M. Deutch and Ernest J. Moniz


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