Latest Idaho National Laboratory Stories

2008-07-21 03:00:39

By Hagadone, Zach The Stoller Corporation, a Colorado-based environmental, waste management, remediation, and ecological services company, has been awarded a two-year, $18.5 million contract extension for management of the disposal facility at the abandoned Hanford nuclear site in Washington. The project, though based in Richland, Wash., falls under the administrative jurisdiction of Stoller's northwest regional headquarters in Idaho Falls. "It's a big job," said company spokesman Jim...

2008-04-28 15:30:00

Researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory said they have discovered a new way to identify humans that is both faster and lower cost than traditional DNA testing, currently recognized as the gold standard in human identification.The new method involves human antibodies, proteins the body uses to ward off viruses, and forms a unique "Ëœantibody bar code'  that can be obtained from saliva, blood and other bodily fluids.  The researchers said the antibody profile could be...

2008-03-12 15:05:00

With a proposed fiscal year 2009 budget of $20 million, the effort by the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners to develop grid-appropriate reactors is gaining steam. Grid-appropriate reactors are typically between 250 megawatts and 500 megawatts, making them far more affordable and practical for developing nations than the typical 1,300-megawatt commercial light-water reactor. This is in part because these nations have smaller power grids and less well-developed...

2008-03-11 09:10:00

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory, in partnership with three other science and engineering powerhouses, reached a major domestic milestone relating to nuclear fuel performance on March 8. David Petti, Sc.D., and technical director for the INL research, says the team used reverse engineering methods to help turn the fuel test failures from the early 1990s into successes in 2008. "We wanted to close this loop for the high-temperature gas reactor fuels...

2007-10-02 09:00:34

By Wymore, Ryan A Lee, M Hope; Keener, William K; Miller, Amber R; Et al ABSTRACT Idaho National Laboratory's Test Area North is the site of a trichloroethene (TCE) plume resulting from waste injections. Previous investigations revealed that TCE was being attenuated relative to two codisposed internal tracers, tritium and tetrachloroethene, with a half-life of 9 to 21 years. Biological attenuation mechanisms were investigated using a novel suite of assays, including enzyme activity probes...

2006-05-26 06:20:49

BOISE, Idaho - A federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. Energy Department must remove all high-level radioactive waste stored at federal nuclear research compound in southeastern Idaho. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge rejected the DOE's argument that a 1995 agreement with the state only covered waste that had been stored in barrels on asphalt pads at the Idaho National Laboratory. The federal government had claimed it was not required to dig up and remove other rotting containers of...

2005-11-04 17:58:40

Below the plains of the Big Sky states, where the Columbia and Snake rivers wind their way to the Pacific, might lie a geologic answer to one of our most pressing environmental problems: too much carbon dioxide in the air. The greenhouse gas traps heat to contribute to a slow warming of the atmosphere. For humans, who have been pumping carbon out of the earth for the last 200 years, part of the solution might be to finally learn how to do the reverse. Along with researchers from three Idaho...

2005-09-01 18:48:22

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The United States is poised to produce plutonium-238 for the first time since the end of the Cold War but it will be used for space missions, not weapons, officials said this week. The U.S. Department of Energy will decide this fall whether to move forward with its proposal to produce the radioactive metal at a federal nuclear facility in southeast Idaho, a department spokesman said. Under the $300 million plan, the Idaho National...

2005-06-15 07:15:54

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- The Idaho National Laboratory is waiting for a green light to begin producing plutonium that would supply battery power for NASA spacecraft. Later this month the Department of Energy is expected to release an environmental study on a plan to consolidate plutonium-238 production across the nation at the Idaho site. The project has other applications besides providing voltage on the far side of Mercury. The batteries could run surveillance equipment in more remote -...

2005-04-04 17:51:04

INL -- To help a NASA rover eventually hunt for life on Mars, scientists are writing a chemical guidebook to aid the search for extraterrestrial life. Using new imaging tools and earthly parallels of ancient Mars environments, they're recording the types of subtle chemical changes that Martian microbes may have left on the planet's rocks. The researchers hope someday to arm a Mars rover with a suite of tools "“ a guidebook, precise chemical imagers, and human-like reasoning ability...

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