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Spence Carter receives professional society ‘5 Under 35’ award

October 12, 2022

For Spence Carter, fire protection engineer at Idaho National Laboratory’s Advanced Test Reactor, what he does is more about people than property.  “It’s about buying people time,” he said. “Our job is to assess hazards and put protections in place...

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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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Bat Night at the Idaho Falls Zoo

October 3, 2022

Just as the sun starts to go down, a group of about 100 people gather at the William J. Maeck Education Center at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park. They are here for Bat Night, one of the zoo’s...

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Keeping cool: A common refrigerant shows promise for metal recycling

September 29, 2022

It’s not uncommon in the scientific world for a process to have many unique applications. For example, Idaho National Laboratory researchers have taken a water treatment technology and adapted it for another environmentally important function – selectively separating rare earth...

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Idaho lab unveils industrial-scale advanced manufacturing technology

September 27, 2022

The future of the manufacturing industry depends on advancements that lead to decarbonization. At Idaho National Laboratory, a ribbon cutting event recently unveiled first-of-its-kind electric field assisted sintering (EFAS) technology. At the event, the lab showcased the world’s largest direct...

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Send in the drones: INL unmanned aerial program offers independent testing and...

September 19, 2022

Ever since the Wright brothers innovated in the back of their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, aviation has been, at heart, a nuts-and-bolts endeavor. For all the sophisticated equipment Idaho National Laboratory’s Unmanned Aerial Systems team has at its disposal...

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Small business funding benefits Idaho research

September 15, 2022

Idaho National Laboratory researcher Richard Skifton and industry partner Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS) received a financial boost this spring to conduct testing on an advanced sensor system.  The boost comes from the Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation...

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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...

From start to finish: How one INL employee builds replica cars in...

September 2, 2022

Joe Campbell is what many would call an extreme “gearhead.”  For him, it’s all about creating a car that is completely his own, a process that includes restoring, customizing, and in some cases, building replica kit cars from scratch.   These...

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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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