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Japanese PM Declares ‘Cold Shutdown’ At Fukushima, Some Remain Skeptical
2011-12-17 06:40:56

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced Friday that Fukushima´s nuclear reactors have finally been stabilized after a catastrophic earthquake-tsunami combination in March led to dangerous radiation leaks and mass evacuations. While Japanese authorities say that it will likely take decades to completely clean-up and dismantle the reactors, Noda´s announcement of a “cold shutdown” at least signaled that the immediate threat of nuclear meltdown has receded,...

Small Reactors Could Figure Into US Energy Future
2011-12-15 04:24:14

A newly released study from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) concludes that small modular reactors may hold the key to the future of U.S. nuclear power generation. "Clearly, a robust commercial SMR industry is highly advantageous to many sectors in the United States," concluded the study, led by Robert Rosner, institute director and the William Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics. "It would be a huge stimulus for...

Gates, China Collaborating On Cleaner, Safer Nuclear Reactor
2011-12-10 05:30:26

A Washington-based company, created and funded by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, will work with Chinese scientists to jointly develop a new, novel type of nuclear reactor, various media outlets reported on Friday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the reactor -- which Gates said would be "very low-cost, very safe and generate very little waste" during a discussion China's Ministry of Science and Technology -- will run on depleted uranium. UPI and BBC News report that the...

Image 1 - Researchers Assess Radioactivity Released From The Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Facility
2011-12-07 09:09:22

With news this week of additional radioactive leaks from Fukushima nuclear power plants, the impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the plants remains unclear. But a new study by U.S. and Japanese researchers analyzes the levels of radioactivity discharged from the facility in the first four months after the accident and draws some basic conclusions about the history of contaminant releases to the ocean. The study, conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution chemist...


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