Credit: CC0 Public Domain A very large team of researchers from across Europe has found evidence that suggests radioactive ruthenium readings across the continent in 2017 were from an unknown nuclear source. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of the […]

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 […]

Cryoconite, the layer of dark sediment on top of most glaciers, is a sponge for nuclear contaminants. New research finds that glaciers all over the world — not only those near nuclear disaster sites — are excessively contaminated with radioactive fallout. Credit: Robert Szymanski/Shutterstock The world’s ice is rapidly disappearing, […]

World’s first floating nuclear power plant ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ passed Langeland, Denmark on May 4. Credit: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/EPA-EFE/Rex/Shutterstock Russia’s got a floating nuclear plant on a barge, and it’s heading for the Bering Strait — just a short hop from Alaska. The “Akademik Lomonosov,” according to a statementfrom Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom, […]

Artist’s concept of new fission power system on the lunar surface. Credits: NASA NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. NASA announced the results of […]