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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

Ghana to build black Africa’s first Nuclear Power Plant?

Apr 12, 2013 at 17:58 | John Daly

Say what you will about the 11 March earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed Tokyo Electric Power Company’s six reactor Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, the subsequent management of…

NASA Funds Research into Fusion Powered Rocket for Deep Space Travel

Apr 12, 2013 at 17:21 | Futurity

Scientists are building components of a fusion-powered rocket aimed to clear many of the hurdles that block deep space travel, including long times in transit, exorbitant costs, and health risks.

The Coming Nuclear Waste Disaster

Apr 08, 2013 at 17:33 | Wolf Richter

Engineers around the world have done a great job developing nuclear technologies to serve mankind’s many endeavors: medical devices, power generators, naval propulsion systems, or the most formidable weapons ever…

Nuclear Powered Light Bulbs

Apr 04, 2013 at 17:40 | Brian Westenhaus

Lewis Larsen, a Chicago physicist associated with the Widom-Larsen Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) theory is exploring slow nuclear fusion reactions among elements that are not radioactive.  Larsen has…

Despite Fukushima, Britain to Press Forward with Nuclear Power

Mar 26, 2013 at 18:02 | John Daly

As the world moves beyond the fears raised by the 11 March 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Co. Fukushima Daiichi debacle, when an offshore earthquake and subsequent tsunami effectively destroyed the…

Cold War: U.S. up Against Russia in Competition for Czech Nuclear Contract

Mar 26, 2013 at 17:57 | RFE/RL staff

If Cold War battles are still being fought in Europe, one major battlefield today is the Czech Republic’s Temelin nuclear power station. Consortiums backed by Washington and Moscow…

Developing Countries Expected to Drive a Nuclear Power Boom

Mar 20, 2013 at 18:11 | Energy Digital

Global nuclear energy generation will climb by almost 30% by the end of the decade, thanks in part to an influx of new nations developing nuclear programs, says research and…

Taiwanese Strongly Opposed to Expansion of Nuclear Power

Mar 19, 2013 at 18:07 | John Daly

March 11 marked the second anniversary of the nuclear catastrophe at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s six reactor Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, when a tsunami effectively destroyed the site on…

MIT Develops Meltdown-Proof, Nuclear Waste-Eating Reactor

Mar 16, 2013 at 15:16 | Brian Westenhaus

Transatomic, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spinoff is developing a nuclear reactor designed to overcome the major barriers to nuclear power.  For the anti-nuclear folks the design offers to…

France Predict Cost of Nuclear Disaster to be Over Three Times their GDP

Mar 14, 2013 at 18:07 | Wolf Richter

Catastrophic nuclear accidents, like Chernobyl in 1986 or Fukushima No. 1 in 2011, are very rare, we’re incessantly told, and their probability of occurring infinitesimal. But when they do occur,…

Never Mind Fukushima – Vietnam to Embrace Nuclear Power

Mar 08, 2013 at 17:34 | John Daly

When on 11 March 2011 a tsunami destroyed TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, many believed that the catastrophe, if not ending nuclear power generation worldwide, would at least…

Indian Nuclear Power Plant Sparks International Fears

Feb 26, 2013 at 16:53 | John Daly

If the 1986 Soviet Chernobyl disaster and, more recently, the destruction of Japan’s 11 March 2011 six reactor Fukushima Daiichi Tokyo Energy Power Co. installation, proved anything to the global…

Iran Announces Discovery of Huge Uranium Deposits

Feb 25, 2013 at 16:35 | MINING.com

A significant discovery of new uranium deposits equivalent to three times its estimated uranium reserves, announced Iran this weekend, only days before the nation was scheduled to resume talks with…

Who will Pay for Nuclear Power Plant Cleanup?

Feb 19, 2013 at 16:56 | John Daly

Many of the civilian nuclear power plants built in the US. and Western Europe during the halcyon days of the Eisenhower administration are coming to the end of their operational…

Why is Iran Going Nuclear?

Feb 05, 2013 at 17:09 | Claude Salhani

Iran is a member of OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. It ranks among the world's top four countries that hold both proven oil and natural gas reserves.…

Tepid Voter Turnout Sets Back Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plans

Feb 01, 2013 at 16:31 | John Daly

Whatever one can say about nuclear power, the 11 March 2011 debacle at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s six reactor Fukushima Daiichi, complex, has refocused public attention on the potential perils…

Iran to Install Thousands of New Centrifuges for Nuclear Enrichment

Jan 31, 2013 at 16:36 | RFE/RL staff

Western diplomats say Iran intends to greatly increase the speed of its uranium-enrichment program. Diplomats told the Associated Press and Reuters on January 31 that Tehran informed the…

Kazakh Uranium: Eastern Giant Attracts Western Attention

Jan 24, 2013 at 16:58 | Charles Kennedy

Kazakhstan has been the world’s largest uranium producer since 2009, but 2012 figures show it has beat its own production record, providing 37% of the world’s uranium last year--BUT uranium…

Canada Considering Nuclear Reactors in Alberta Tar Sands Fields

Jan 21, 2013 at 16:42 | John Daly

Like them or hate them, Alberta, Canada’s tar sands deposits of bitumen or extremely heavy crude oil, are the world’s largest. The province’s resources include the Athabasca, Peace River and…

Looking at the Technologies that could Herald the Nuclear Revolution

Jan 15, 2013 at 17:05 | Brian Westenhaus

M. Mitchell Waldrop offers a marvelous, compact and easily read overview of where the fission nuclear energy field is today.  With a history and review of the options, the article…

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