Researchers investigating a new method for generating nuclear fusion power showed that the relativistic effect of ultra-intense laser light improves upon current “fast ignition” methods in laser-fusion research to heat the fuel long enough to generate electrical power. Utilizing relativistic effects of intense laser light in plasma, researchers at Osaka University […]

A small-scale device, seen here, was used in the lab to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new shockwave-based system for removing radioactive contaminants from the cooling water in nuclear powerplants. Credit: Image courtesy of the researchers Method concentrates radionuclides in a small portion of a nuclear plant’s wastewater, allowing the […]

Estuaries, where rivers pour freshwater into the ocean, could become giant power plants with the help of a newly made membrane. LWM/NASA/LANDSAT/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO BOSTON—Green energy advocates may soon be turning blue. A new membrane could unlock the potential of “blue energy,” which uses chemical differences between fresh- and saltwater […]

Satellites such as Sentinel-1 and ALOS-2 carry advanced synthetic aperture radars that can provide data to map changing land cover, ground deformation, ice shelves, and glaciers, and can be used to help emergency response when disasters such as floods strike, and to support humanitarian relief efforts at times of crisis. […]

Nuclear power plants contain miles of pipes of different sizes. Shown is the turbine floor with new reheaters and secondary side piping at Unit 2, Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant, 2012. Credit: Tennessee Valley Authority A failing pipe can be tough to spot. It may cause a puddle, produce another […]

Hurricane Florence battered the US East Coast last year NOAA Using nuclear weapons to destroy hurricanes is not a good idea, a US scientific agency has said, following reports that President Donald Trump wanted to explore the option. The Axios news website said Mr Trump had asked several national security officials […]

The principle of reactor operation verification with antineutrino monitors. The process for verifying reactor inventory integrity with antineutrinos bears similarities to biometric scans such as retinal identity verification. Credit: Georgia Tech    ENLARGE Technology to measure the flow of subatomic particles known as antineutrinos from nuclear reactors could allow continuous […]