The Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Credit: Sergeev Kirill/Shutterstock In the new HBO miniseries “Chernobyl,” Russian scientists uncover the reason for an explosion in Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which spewed radioactive material across northern Europe. That reactor, a design called the RBMK-1000, was discovered to be fundamentally […]

Depiction of fusion research on a doughnut-shaped tokamak enhanced by artificial intelligence. (Depiction by Eliot Feibush/PPPL and Julian Kates-Harbeck/Harvard University) Artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science that is transforming scientific inquiry and industry, could now speed the development of safe, clean and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating […]