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2009-01-28 11:21:14

U.S. physicists say they've designed a system that would use fusion to eliminate most toxic waste produced by nuclear power plants. The University of Texas at Austin scientists said their invention -- called the Super X Divertor -- when fully developed, could help combat global warming by making nuclear power cleaner and a more viable replacement of carbon-heavy energy sources, such as coal. We have created a way to use fusion to relatively inexpensively destroy the waste from nuclear...

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2009-01-28 08:21:51

Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have designed a new system that, when fully developed, would use fusion to eliminate most of the transuranic waste produced by nuclear power plants. The invention could help combat global warming by making nuclear power cleaner and thus a more viable replacement of carbon-heavy energy sources, such as coal. "We have created a way to use fusion to relatively inexpensively destroy the waste from nuclear fission," says Mike Kotschenreuther, senior...

2008-09-17 16:56:38

Nuclear power could make a comeback beyond Earth if NASA goes forward with a proposed a fission reactor in its future moon base. A fission-powered system could generate up to 40 kilowatts and give any lunar outpost enough power to supply eight houses on Earth. More importantly, astronauts will require a reliable and steady energy source on the moon and Mars. "The problem with power on the moon is that, depending on where you're located, you may have 14 days of darkness," said Lee...

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2008-09-10 15:15:00

NASA astronauts will need power sources when they return to the moon and establish a lunar outpost. NASA engineers are exploring the possibility of nuclear fission to provide the necessary power and taking initial steps toward a non-nuclear technology demonstration of this type of system. A fission surface power system on the moon has the potential to generate a steady 40 kilowatts of electric power, enough for about eight houses on Earth. It works by splitting uranium atoms in a reactor to...

2008-04-23 06:00:23

By Little, Joseph This article examines the role of the liquid drop analogy in George Gamow's theory of nuclear structure and his subsequent derivation of nuclear energy. It argues that the correspondences constituting the analogy served distinct but cooperative ends, requiring Gamow to posit a relatively simple nuclear geometry that set him apart from his contemporaries, mostly shell theorists, and led to his successful derivation of nuclear energy in the fall of 1928. Analogy has long...