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Newswise: AIP Addresses Complex Scientific Legacy of Manhattan Project
Released: 17-Jul-2020 10:20 AM EDT
AIP Addresses Complex Scientific Legacy of Manhattan Project
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Trinity test, marking the first detonation of a nuclear bomb, the American Institute of Physics commemorates the scientific legacy of the Manhattan Project with a collection of new articles and historic testimony. AIP publication Inside Science, the Center for History of Physics and the Niels Bohr Library & Archives showcase highlights from the complex heritage of the research and development of the first nuclear weapons and contributions to the advancement in the field.

Newswise: Argonne to explore how digital twins may transform nuclear energy with $8 million from ARPA-E’s GEMINA program
Released: 9-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Argonne to explore how digital twins may transform nuclear energy with $8 million from ARPA-E’s GEMINA program
Argonne National Laboratory

ARPA-E’s GEMINA funding will allow Argonne’s nuclear scientists to partner with industry and develop tools for the advanced reactors of tomorrow.

Newswise: Brookhaven and Forge Nano to Mature Noble Gas-Trapping Technology
Released: 9-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Brookhaven and Forge Nano to Mature Noble Gas-Trapping Technology
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Through DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund, the national lab-startup team will develop “nanocages” for nuclear applications.

Newswise: Sandia weapons program meets safety, design requirements
Released: 29-Jun-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Sandia weapons program meets safety, design requirements
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has successfully completed another milestone in the B61-12 gravity bomb refurbishment program, demonstrating the labs is meeting important nuclear safety and use-control requirements.

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8-May-2020 9:45 AM EDT
3D-Printed Nuclear Reactor Promises Faster, More Economical Path to Nuclear Energy
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components.

Newswise: Story Tips: Tracking Populations, UPS’ Special Delivery and a Long-Awaited Benchmark
Released: 5-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Story Tips: Tracking Populations, UPS’ Special Delivery and a Long-Awaited Benchmark
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Newswise: Argonne uses artificial intelligence to improve the safety and design of advanced nuclear reactors
Released: 25-Mar-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Argonne uses artificial intelligence to improve the safety and design of advanced nuclear reactors
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne scientists and engineers are looking toward AI — specifically, machine learning — to help us better understand the mechanics that govern nuclear reactors.

Newswise: VERA nuclear reactor simulation software licensed commercially for first time
Released: 24-Mar-2020 3:40 PM EDT
VERA nuclear reactor simulation software licensed commercially for first time
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A software package, 10 years in the making, that can predict the behavior of nuclear reactors’ cores with stunning accuracy has been licensed commercially for the first time.

Newswise: Livermore, university researchers describe how antineutrino detectors could aid nuclear nonproliferation efforts
Released: 16-Mar-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Livermore, university researchers describe how antineutrino detectors could aid nuclear nonproliferation efforts
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

A tiny, invisible particle, antineutrinos, could offer help for a big problem – the threat of nuclear proliferation. With advances, researchers are moving closer to the day when they can deploy technology to remotely monitor these particles from nuclear power plants at long distances.

Newswise: Should the United States Rethink Its Nuclear Weapons Policies?
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Released: 13-Mar-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Should the United States Rethink Its Nuclear Weapons Policies?
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Elbridge Colby and Lori Esposito Murray join host James M. Lindsay to discuss arms control and U.S. nuclear policy.

Newswise: How decades of work at Argonne led to a pivotal moment for U.S. nuclear plants
Released: 11-Mar-2020 2:35 PM EDT
How decades of work at Argonne led to a pivotal moment for U.S. nuclear plants
Argonne National Laboratory

Severe accident research at Argonne Lab helped the nuclear power industry ensure safety while avoiding $1 billion in unnecessary costs in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Newswise: LLNL, Argon Electronics sign Cooperative Research Agreement to bolster realistic radiation training
Released: 5-Mar-2020 6:05 AM EST
LLNL, Argon Electronics sign Cooperative Research Agreement to bolster realistic radiation training
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

LLNL and Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. have reached a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement that will facilitate the development of an ultra-realistic radiation simulator tool for first responders.

Newswise: ORNL, TVA sign agreement to collaborate on advanced reactor technologies
Released: 20-Feb-2020 9:45 AM EST
ORNL, TVA sign agreement to collaborate on advanced reactor technologies
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate a new generation of flexible, cost-effective advanced nuclear reactors.

Newswise: Argonne leads award-winning collaboration with Kairos Power that unveils new simulation of nuclear power plants
Released: 13-Feb-2020 5:30 PM EST
Argonne leads award-winning collaboration with Kairos Power that unveils new simulation of nuclear power plants
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne scientists won a 2019 R&D 100 award for collaborating with Kairos Power to create software that simulates entire nuclear power plants.

Released: 5-Feb-2020 5:55 PM EST
First-of-its-kind study examines toll of nuclear war on world’s oceans
University of Colorado Boulder

A new study finds that a nuclear war could throw the world's ocean chemistry for a loop—and coral reefs could pay the price.

Newswise: Global Cooling After Nuclear War Would Harm Ocean Life
Released: 5-Feb-2020 6:00 AM EST
Global Cooling After Nuclear War Would Harm Ocean Life
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A nuclear war that cooled Earth could worsen the impact of ocean acidification on corals, clams, oysters and other marine life with shells or skeletons, according to the first study of its kind.

Newswise: Smaller Detection Device Effective for Nuclear Treaty Verification, Archaeology Digs
Released: 29-Jan-2020 3:20 PM EST
Smaller Detection Device Effective for Nuclear Treaty Verification, Archaeology Digs
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Most nuclear data measurements are performed at accelerators large enough to occupy a geologic formation a kilometer wide. But a portable device that can reveal the composition of materials quickly on-site would greatly benefit cases such as in archaeology and nuclear arms treaty verification. Research published this week in AIP Advances used computational simulations to show that with the right geometric adjustments, it is possible to perform accurate neutron resonance transmission analysis in a device just 5 meters long.

Released: 27-Jan-2020 11:55 AM EST
Current model for storing nuclear waste is incomplete
Ohio State University

The materials the United States and other countries plan to use to store high-level nuclear waste will likely degrade faster than anyone previously knew because of the way those materials interact, new research shows. The findings, published today in the journal Nature Materials, show that corrosion of nuclear waste storage materials accelerates because of changes in the chemistry of the nuclear waste solution, and because of the way the materials interact with one another.

Newswise: Sandia hosts its first Education With Industry officer
Released: 23-Jan-2020 11:15 AM EST
Sandia hosts its first Education With Industry officer
Sandia National Laboratories

A student in the highly selective U.S. Air Force Education With Industry program will be bringing his military experience to Sandia National Laboratories and returning to his post with valuable industry experience to share. Capt. Antonio Gallop is not the typical student.

Newswise: Securing Radiological Sources on the Go
Released: 17-Jan-2020 12:55 PM EST
Securing Radiological Sources on the Go
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Radioactive materials are a critical tool in a number of industrial applications particularly oil and gas drilling and welding. While these sources are safe and well-regulated for their intended use; if lost or stolen the materials could be used by terrorists to make dirty bombs. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed and licensed a technology system to keep track of and secure radiological material on the road or at job sites.

Newswise: Los Alamos National Laboratory joins IBM Q Network to explore quantum computing algorithms and education outreach
Released: 10-Jan-2020 2:05 AM EST
Los Alamos National Laboratory joins IBM Q Network to explore quantum computing algorithms and education outreach
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory announced today at CES 2020 that it is joining the cloud-based IBM Q Network as part of the Laboratory’s research initiative into quantum computing, including developing quantum computing algorithms, conducting research in quantum simulations, and developing education tools.

Newswise: Study Shows Animal Life Thriving Around Fukushima
Released: 6-Jan-2020 10:55 AM EST
Study Shows Animal Life Thriving Around Fukushima
University of Georgia

Nearly a decade after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, researchers from the University of Georgia have found that wildlife populations are abundant in areas void of human life.

Released: 11-Dec-2019 1:55 PM EST
Nuclear freeze movement’s legacy on display at Cornell
Cornell University

Cornell University's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies is working to catalog materials from Randall Forsberg's nuclear freeze campaign and her think tank, the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies.

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Released: 5-Dec-2019 3:05 AM EST
High-speed fire footage reveals key insights for power plant safety
Sandia National Laboratories

Fire protection and optical engineers at Sandia National Laboratories are using high-speed cameras and advanced algorithms, imaging and analytic methods to understand these dangerous arc faults between two conductors, such as the high-voltage bus bars in a switchgear at a power plant. Flames in an arc fault experiment contain useful information that can help keep power plants operating safely.

Newswise: How the Nation’s Hydrogen Bomb Secrets Disappeared
Released: 3-Dec-2019 3:15 PM EST
How the Nation’s Hydrogen Bomb Secrets Disappeared
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Given a choice of items to lose on a train, a top-secret document detailing the newly developed hydrogen bomb should be on the bottom of the list. In January 1953, amid the Red Scare and the Korean War, that’s exactly what physicist John Archibald Wheeler lost. In the December 2019 issue of Physics Today, science historian Alex Wellerstein details the creation of the document and Wheeler’s day leading up to its mysterious loss.

21-Nov-2019 2:40 PM EST
U.S. Public Views on Climate and Energy
Pew Research Center

Majorities of Americans say the federal government is doing too little for key aspects of the environment. And most believe the U.S. should focus on development of alternative sources of energy over expansion of fossil fuels, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Newswise: Two Argonne projects earn Secretary of Energy Honor Awards
Released: 21-Nov-2019 3:05 AM EST
Two Argonne projects earn Secretary of Energy Honor Awards
Argonne National Laboratory

With this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for the development of lithium-ion batteries, directors of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research share perspectives on the future of energy storage.

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Released: 14-Nov-2019 12:05 PM EST
Space-based radar suggests North Korean nuke equivalent to '17 Hiroshimas'
Royal Astronomical Society

North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2003. It subsequently developed nuclear weapons

Newswise: Nuclear warheads? This robot can find them
Released: 13-Nov-2019 7:30 AM EST
Nuclear warheads? This robot can find them
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL and Princeton University are developing a unique neutron-detector robot for arms control and nuclear security purposes. The robot recently passed a key neutron-detection test.

Newswise: Deep Learning Expands Study of Nuclear Waste Remediation
Released: 12-Nov-2019 10:50 AM EST
Deep Learning Expands Study of Nuclear Waste Remediation
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A research collaboration between Berkeley Lab, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Brown University, and NVIDIA has achieved exaflop performance with a deep learning application used to model subsurface flow in the study of nuclear waste remediation

Newswise: Lawrence Livermore Researchers Capture Four Awards for Top Industrial Inventions
Released: 7-Nov-2019 6:05 AM EST
Lawrence Livermore Researchers Capture Four Awards for Top Industrial Inventions
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have garnered four awards among the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide.

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Released: 4-Nov-2019 3:10 PM EST
Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2019
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL and NREL took demonstrated a miniaturized gyroscope. ORNL created and tested new wireless charging designs. If humankind reaches Mars this century, an ORNL-developed experiment testing advanced materials for spacecraft may play a key role. ORNL and Georgia Tech found that critical interactions between microbes and peat moss break down under warming temperatures. ORNL and industry demonstrated that an additively manufactured hot stamping die can withstand up to 25,000 usage cycles.

Newswise: Core Concern
Released: 4-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
Core Concern
Oregon State University, College of Engineering

Oregon State University engineers Julie Tucker and Samuel Briggs are helping the Department of Energy develop a method to quickly measure the life-span degradation of materials used to build the next generation of nuclear reactors that will be more energy efficient and produce less waste.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 9:45 AM EDT
Scientists learn how to make oxygen “perform” for them
Ohio State University

Chemists have figured out how to keep “the wave” of one particular isotope of oxygen – among the most abundant elements on the planet and a crucial building block for materials like glass and ceramics – going during nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy long enough to learn some things about its structure and function.

Newswise: U.S. Carbon and Pollution Emissions Policies are ‘Up in the Air’
24-Oct-2019 4:30 PM EDT
U.S. Carbon and Pollution Emissions Policies are ‘Up in the Air’
Georgia Institute of Technology

Tangles in courts and in Congress threaten emissions-related energy regulations and incentives. If these are lost, carbon emissions are projected to climb, and the fight against health-damaging ozone may lose traction, allowing it to resurge, too. An expert explains the legal messes.

Newswise: Seven Los Alamos scientists and engineers honored as 2019 Laboratory Fellows
Released: 16-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Seven Los Alamos scientists and engineers honored as 2019 Laboratory Fellows
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Brian Albright, Patrick Chain, Dana Dattelbaum, Michael Hamada, Anna Hayes-Sterbenz, Michael Prime and Laura Smilowitz are being honored as 2019 Laboratory fellows.

Newswise: Investigating Materials that Can Go the Distance in Fusion Reactors
Released: 15-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Investigating Materials that Can Go the Distance in Fusion Reactors
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Future fusion reactors will require materials that can withstand extreme operating conditions, including being bombarded by high-energy neutrons at high temperatures. Scientists recently irradiated titanium diboride (TiB2) in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to better understand the effects of fusion neutrons on performance.

Newswise: Light My Fire: How to Startup Fusion Devices Every Time
Released: 9-Oct-2019 4:55 PM EDT
Light My Fire: How to Startup Fusion Devices Every Time
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Researchers have constructed a framework for starting and raising a fusion plasma to temperatures rivaling the sun in hundreds of milliseconds.

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Released: 7-Oct-2019 3:05 PM EDT
National Security Chip Plant Gets an Upgrade
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has completed phase one of an anticipated three-year upgrade at its plant responsible for making integrated circuits, similar to computer chips. Chips produced at Sandia can be found in the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

Newswise:Video Embedded containing-a-nuclear-accident-with-ground-up-minerals
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Released: 1-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Containing a nuclear accident with ground-up minerals
Sandia National Laboratories

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are developing a promising new way to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination and contain the hot molten mass that develops within a nuclear reactor during a catastrophic accident. During a three-year Laboratory Directed Research and Development project, a team of scientists discovered and patented a process for injecting sand-like minerals into the core of a nuclear reactor during an accident to contain and slow down the progression of a meltdown.

Newswise: Gaute Hagen: Supercomputing the universe’s building blocks
Released: 24-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Gaute Hagen: Supercomputing the universe’s building blocks
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Profiled is physicist Gaute Hagen of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who runs advanced models on powerful supercomputers to explore how protons and neutrons interact to “build” an atomic nucleus from scratch.

Newswise: Today’s forecast: How to predict crucial plasma pressure in future fusion facilities
Released: 20-Sep-2019 12:00 PM EDT
Today’s forecast: How to predict crucial plasma pressure in future fusion facilities
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Feature describes improved model for forecasting the crucial balance of pressure at the edge of a fusion plasma.

Newswise:Video Embedded argonne-harnesses-virtual-power-to-address-the-most-complex-challenges-in-nuclear-science
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Released: 17-Sep-2019 3:00 PM EDT
Argonne harnesses virtual power to address the most complex challenges in nuclear science
Argonne National Laboratory

Designing a new type of nuclear reactor is a complicated endeavor requiring billions of dollars and years of development. Because of the high cost, Argonne researchers are running a broad suite of computational codes on supercomputers that offer power available at only a few sites worldwide.

Newswise: Lynne Ecker: A Nuclear Materials Scientist
Released: 12-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Lynne Ecker: A Nuclear Materials Scientist
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Ecker became chair of Brookhaven’s Nuclear Science and Technology Department in October 2018, bringing expertise in nuclear reactor materials.

Newswise: Argonne discovery offers new way to coat nuclear materials
Released: 3-Sep-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Argonne discovery offers new way to coat nuclear materials
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne scientists have discovered a new way to coat nuclear materials that supports efforts to minimize use of high-enriched uranium.

Newswise: Going Small Helps Nuclear Forensics Investigations
Released: 29-Aug-2019 6:05 AM EDT
Going Small Helps Nuclear Forensics Investigations
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists going to the microscale to study the diverse characteristics of nuclear fuel pellets that could improve nuclear forensic analysis by determining more effectively where the material came from and how it was made.


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