Robots cleaned up what humans could not because of radioactive contamination after the worst nuclear accident in the nation's history 30 years ago
Tom Zoellner's book Uranium explores how a historic mine in Africa poses an existential threat in this excerpt
It will be exactly 30 years tomorrow since the nation's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred on a three-mile (five kilometer) slip of land in the Susquehanna River in the shadow of Harrisburg, Pa...
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
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?
Finding Fissile Fuel
A new wave of nuclear power plant construction has boosted the price of uranium reactor fuel
Nuclear Mishap or Meltdown?: It's All a Matter of Degree
An obscure scale helps communicate the relative severity of a nuclear accident
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
Lights Out?: How the Grid Copes When a Nuclear Power Plant Goes Down
What companies are doing to keep consumers out of the dark when a power facility fails
Loose nukes: Would earthquakes around Yucca Mountain make it unsafe to hold nuclear waste?
The generation-long debate surrounding the dumping of the nation’s radioactive nuclear waste under Nevada’s Yucca Mountain may finally be drawing to a close.
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?
Comic Books from the Atomic Age
Using comic books to explore the issues and history of nuclear power
Forget Nuclear Fission, How about Fusion?
Imitating the sun remains an elusive goal for energy researchers. David Biello reports
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