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More Power to Learn

March 14, 2022

When Kyle Schroeder began his nuclear engineering degree at Idaho State University, he relied on his personal computer to run complex simulations required for his job as a research assistant. Specifically, Schroeder was trying to model how fluid might flow...

From the top: Digital twin researcher summits Denali

March 4, 2022

For about a year, Kaleb Houck spent an hour every day after work walking on a treadmill at maximum incline with a 65-pound pack on his back. He was also working out an additional two or three hours each workday...

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Forging the future of nuclear power: INL team assembles microreactor prototype

January 31, 2022

Machinists at INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) have successfully fabricated a full-scale, electrically heated prototype for the Department of Energy’s Microreactor Applications Research Validation and Evaluation (MARVEL) project in just nine months.   The machine shop team with the completed prototype DOE initiated the MARVEL project last year to support the...

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Five INL innovations that are changing the world

December 23, 2021

Idaho National Laboratory researchers are focused on innovations that are changing the world. From discoveries in advanced nuclear energy to carbon-free energy options and to protecting our nation’s most critical infrastructure assets, our talented teams at INL are constantly pushing the limits to redefine what is possible.   Check...

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Old ties holding strong: ‘Navy nukes’ are naturals for operator jobs at...

November 30, 2021

It’s been more than 25 years since the U.S. Navy had sailors training on prototype reactors in Idaho, but its ties with Idaho National Laboratory remain strong. Any time a job applicant can mention nuclear Navy experience, managers at INL’s...

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Microreactors could replace diesel generators, enable renewables, report says

November 3, 2021

When it comes to reducing carbon emissions, energy experts have developed solutions for some big challenges. Innovations in battery and charging technologies, for example, have positioned electric vehicles well for tomorrow’s transportation industry. And, light water, small modular and advanced...

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Idaho researchers take a close look at uranium to unravel its mysteries

November 1, 2021

As materials heat up and cool down, atoms and molecules can rearrange in strange and interesting ways. Water is one example. While most materials get denser when they freeze, water forms a crystalline structure as a solid that is less...

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Protecting researcher safety one industry standard at a time

October 5, 2021

How Idaho National Laboratory researchers in the Human Factors and Reliability Department contribute to nuclear industry safety standards. Imagine trying to build a complex machine with an instruction manual written in an unknown language. While it may be possible, it...

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New website a gateway into nuclear energy

September 9, 2021

The latest information about advanced nuclear energy is now a mouse click away. The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) just unveiled Milestones in Advanced Nuclear, an interactive website that provides the latest news in the U.S. nuclear power...

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SPOCK: Understanding our world and beyond with spectroscopy

August 18, 2021

One of the most important challenges in science is determining what elements are present in materials both on earth and in space. Researchers depend on the use of a process known as spectroscopy to examine the characteristic wavelengths of the...

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