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Sandia Ensures US Nuclear Weapons Deterrent Can Remain Effective, Credible

As part of its mission of ensuring the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile is safe, secure and effective as a deterrent, Sandia National Laboratories must make sure crucial parts can function if they’re hit by radiation, especially a type called fast neutrons. It created a project called QASPR to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the non-nuclear components in U.S. weapons systems.

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A Noble Gas Cage

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A new material called CC3 effectively traps xenon, krypton, and radon, gases used for lighting or medical industries and, in the case of radon, can be hazardous to people. Research in Nature Materials shows how CC3 does this, which might lead to cheaper, less energy intensive extraction methods.

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IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Society Merit Award Honors Sandia Radiation Effects Expert

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Sandia radiation effects researcher Jim Schwank has won the 2014 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Merit Award, which recognizes outstanding technical contributions to the fields of nuclear and plasma sciences.

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Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, May 2014

1) Reducing soot. 2) Hydropower. 3) Understanding driver behavior. 4) A performance record in high-temperature superconducting wires.

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Computer-Assisted Accelerator Design

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Accelerator physicist Stephen Brooks uses custom designed software to create a 3-D virtual model of the electron accelerator Brookhaven physicists hope to build inside the tunnel currently housing the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).

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ORNL’s John Wagner Receives E.O. Lawrence Award

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ORNL researcher John Wagner has been named a 2013 recipient of the Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work in advancing computer, information and knowledge sciences.

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Sensitive Detection Method May Help Impede Illicit Nuclear Trafficking

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According to a new study in the Journal of Applied Physics, coupling commercially available spectral X-ray detectors with a specialized algorithm can improve the detection of uranium and plutonium in small, layered objects such as baggage. This approach may provide a new tool to impede nuclear trafficking.

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Magnetic Behavior Discovery Could Advance Nuclear Fusion

Inspired by the space physics behind solar flares and the aurora, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan and Princeton has uncovered a new kind of magnetic behavior that could help make nuclear fusion reactions easier to start.

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Shale Could Be Long-Term Home for Problematic Nuclear Waste

Shale, the source of the United States’ current natural gas boom, could help solve another energy problem: what to do with radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. The unique properties of the sedimentary rock and related clay-rich rocks make it ideal for storing the potentially dangerous spent fuel for millennia, according to a geologist studying possible storage sites. He presented his research today at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Nuclear Security Summit to Convene: GW Experts Available to Comment

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