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Article ID: 697661

Department of Energy Invests $64 Million in Advanced Nuclear Technology

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $64 million in awards for advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 U.S. universities in 29 states. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been awarded $800,000 for analysis of nuclear power plants’ accident propagation and mitigation processes.

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Article ID: 697591

Dry Casks Take the Heat

Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have built a scaled test assembly that mimics a dry cask storage container for spent nuclear fuel to study how fuel temperatures change during storage and how the fuel’s peak temperatures affect the integrity of the metal cladding surrounding the spent fuel. Regulators could use the data to help verify computer simulations that show whether nuclear power utilities are complying with regulations that specify how much heat a dry cask can safely handle.

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Article ID: 697553

Funding for New DOE Energy Frontier Research Center at Brookhaven Lab

Brookhaven National Laboratory

UPTON, NY—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding for a new Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) to be led by DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Brookhaven EFRC, named “Molten Salts in Extreme Environments,” will focus on understanding the properties of a class of materials with potential applications in energy technologies—particularly in nuclear power.

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17-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 697552

S&T Supports Radiation Preparedness

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identified the need for a systematic platform where technically accurate and decision-making information could be easily shared across state, municipal and tribal jurisdictions. They contacted the DHS S&T – DHS’s research and development arm – for assistance.

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17-Jul-2018 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 697195

National Ignition Facility Sets New Energy Record

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser system has set a new record, firing 2.15 megajoules (MJ) of energy to its target chamber – a 15 percent improvement over NIF’s design specification of 1.8 MJ, and more than 10 percent higher than the previous 1.9 MJ energy record set in March 2012. Increasing NIF’s energy limit will expand the parameter space for stockpile stewardship experiments and provide a significant boost to the pursuit of ignition.

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10-Jul-2018 6:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 697121

Berkeley Lab Team Wins Data-Driven Scavenger Hunt for Simulated Nuclear Materials

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Competing in a fictitious high-stakes scenario, a group of scientists at Berkeley Lab bested two dozen other teams in a months-long, data-driven scavenger hunt for simulated radioactive materials in a virtual urban environment. The goal of this event was both to improve the detection methods that could be applied to actual threats involving nuclear materials, and to create a platform to virtually vet out these methods.

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Article ID: 696891

Realizing a “Pipe Dream”

Argonne National Laboratory

Transmitting signals through the concrete and steel of a nuclear power plant presents challenges even under normal conditions. But the loss of electric power at a nuclear plant following an accident would leave no way to send vital information into or out of the harsh environment of a containment building. Now, however, research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory reveals that communicating through a containment building’s metal conduits is no pipe dream.

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Article ID: 696769

Nuclear Warhead Life Extension Passes Key Milestone

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The program to extend the life of the W80 nuclear warhead recently passed a significant milestone when the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) gave passing grades to the plans to refurbish certain components and the proposed approach to developing component cost estimates.

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Article ID: 696458

Is Nature Exclusively Left Handed? Using Chilled Atoms to Find Out

Department of Energy, Office of Science

Elegant techniques of trapping and polarizing atoms open vistas for beta-decay tests of fundamental symmetries, key to understanding the most basic forces and particles constituting our universe.

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23-Jun-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Three Researchers Affiliated with Jefferson Lab Receive DOE Early Career Awards

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Three young scientists affiliated with Jefferson Lab win grants to support research for building better accelerators and for using Jefferson Lab’s recently upgraded accelerator and supercomputers to suss out new information about subatomic particles.

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22-Jun-2018 2:05 PM EDT
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