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Nuclear forensics team braves winds to learn fallout collection techniques

December 5, 2022

Although the likelihood of a terrorist nuclear attack is extremely low, a lot of work is required to prepare for such an unthinkable event. That’s why a response team assembled by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently trained in...

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Idaho researchers help Wyoming trailblaze energy, manufacturing frontiers

December 1, 2022

Wyoming’s embrace of advanced energy and manufacturing technologies has positioned the state to become a trailblazer in the global low-emissions economy.   Wyoming’s leadership in the nation’s energy future was the topic of this year’s Frontiers Project Meeting Oct. 7 in...

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Idaho National Laboratory researchers awarded $3.8 million, program renewals confirmed

November 21, 2022

Idaho National Laboratory researchers have won funding from one of the nation’s largest sponsors of research in the natural sciences. At $3.8 million over three years, it is one of the largest Department of Energy Office of Science’s Basic Energy...

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Simulation Code Probes Microscale Mysteries of Advanced Manufacturing

November 3, 2022

In the future, the biggest breakthroughs in aerospace and elemental energy will likely result from thinking small. Really small. Whether it’s rocket engines or fusion reactors, advances in these technologies require new materials equipped to handle their extreme operating environments....

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Supporting innovation with automation: INL researcher develops autonomous hot cell tool

November 1, 2022

Scientific progress is anything but automatic. The path to new discoveries is not a straight line. But while the route to nuclear energy breakthroughs may be circuitous, automated solutions can enhance the efficiency of the research process and get to...

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Energy analysis moves beyond economics, technology to find the best fit for...

October 5, 2022

In the past, finding the right energy solution for a community was relatively straightforward.   Fossil-fuel power plants dominated energy production, with large nuclear power plants and renewables playing a smaller role. A utility would evaluate these technologies for a given...

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Coal-dependent Kentucky considers nuclear with help of GAIN and an NCSU student

September 7, 2022

Last year, Bill Gates was speaking at the Nuclear Energy Assembly’s virtual conference about his company’s plans to build an advanced reactor in Wyoming.  Julian Colvin, a 22-year-old nuclear engineering student at North Carolina State University, was listening and posted...

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Center for Radiation Chemistry Research takes a forgotten science into the future

August 31, 2022

The science of radiation chemistry flourished from the 1940s through the 1960s as the United States weighed the benefits of several different reactor technologies to power an energy-hungry planet.  During that time, researchers needed to understand how chemical reactions occurred...

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A lifelong advocate for nuclear’s power

June 15, 2022

Seth Kanter never suspected that his love of the ocean, and more than eight years in the Navy, would eventually lead him to a career in the high desert of eastern Idaho. But as the Radiological Engineering manager at Idaho...

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A new ETHOS: INL leads study of innovation culture at six national...

May 31, 2022

The United States invests more than $30 billion every year in its national laboratories, which are owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. Their mission, according to DOE’s mission statement, is to “ensure America’s security and prosperity by...

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