Finland has become the first country to build a complete underground geological storage facility for its spent nuclear waste

The scars and pockmarks of the aging apartments and housing units under the purview of the New York City Housing Authority do not immediately communicate the idea of ​​innovation. The largest landlord in the city, housing nearly 1 in 16 New Yorkers, NYCHA has seen its buildings literally crumble after decades of deferred maintenance and … Read more

A ‘Very Exciting’ Anomaly Detected in Major Experiment Could Be Huge News For Physics

A strange gap between theoretical predictions and experimental results in a major neutrino research project could be a sign of the elusive ‘sterile’ neutrino – a particle so quiet, it can only be detected by the silence it leaves in its wake. It’s not the first time the anomaly has been seen, adding to previous … Read more

The NWMO releases Confidence in Safety reports for potential siting areas for used nuclear fuel repository

TORONTO, June 16, 2022 / CNW / – The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has published Confidence in Safety reports for each of the two potential sites being considered to host a deep geological repository to store Canada’s used nuclear fuel. The reports are based on years of research and fieldwork. They summarize the NWMO’s … Read more

How nuclear subs are built

BEFORE SUBMARINES can carry out their stealthy jobs beneath the waves, they begin their lives in pieces on land. The newest group of American nuclear-powered attack submarines is the Virginia class, also known as SSN-774, a collection of underwater ships that stretch 377 feet long. Their mission? To conduct surveillance, fight other vessels, and rarely, … Read more

The Length of a Day Oscillates Every 6 Years, And We May Finally Know Why

How we think about our planet’s center may need to be seriously updated. New evidence suggests that, instead of consistently rotating faster than Earth’s spin, the solid inner core oscillates – spinning first in one direction with respect to the surface far above, then the other, changing direction every six years. This not only has … Read more

Decoding the Nuclear Pore Complex of the Cell, Atom by Atom

Scientists are deciphering the nuclear pore complex in incredible detail. Credit: Valerie Altounian Many of us learned the basic cell structure at some point and will recall components like the cell membrane, cytoplasm, mitochondrion, and nucleus. However, the structure of our cells is actually vastly more complicated than you may have thought. In fact, because … Read more

Combining Heavy-Ion Experiments and Nuclear Theory

Artist’s rendering showing the simulation of two merging neutron stars (left) and the emerging particle tracks that can be seen in a heavy-ion collision (right) that creates matter under similar conditions in the laboratory. Credit: Tim Dietrich, Arnaud Le Fevre, Kees Huyser; background: ESA / Hubble, Sloan Digital Sky Survey Combining heavy-ion experiments, astrophysical observations, … Read more

Neutrinos could ensure a submarine’s nuclear fuel isn’t weaponized

Nuclear submarines might provide rogue nations with a path to nuclear weapons. But neutrinos could help reveal attempts to go from boats to bombs. Neutrinos, lightweight subatomic particles that are released from the reactors that power nuclear subs, could expose the alteration or removal of the nuclear fuel for nefarious purposes, physicists report in a … Read more

Smaller Reactors May Still Have a Big Nuclear Waste Problem

Lindsay Krall decided to study nuclear waste out of a love for the arcane. Figuring how to bury radioactive atoms is not exactly simple — it takes a blend of particle physics, careful geology and engineering, and a high tolerance for reams of regulations. But the trickiest ingredient of all is time. Nuclear waste from … Read more

Stanford-led research finds small modular reactors will exacerbate challenges of highly radioactive nuclear waste

May 30, 2022 Small modular reactors, long touted as the future of nuclear energy, will actually generate more radioactive waste than conventional nuclear power plants, according to research from Stanford and the University of British Columbia. By Mark Shwartz Nuclear reactors generate reliable supplies of electricity with limited greenhouse gas emissions. But a nuclear power … Read more