June 14, 2018
Seawater Yields First Grams of Yellowcake
(Sequim, WA–June 13, 2018)  For the first time, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LCW Supercritical Technologies have created five grams of yellowcake — a powdered form of uranium used to produce fuel for nuclear power production — using acrylic fibers to extract it from seawater. “This is a significant milestone,” said Gary Gill, […]

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July 25, 2014
Alternative Fusion Technologies Heat Up
Jul 24, 2014 |By M. Mitchell Waldrop and Nature magazine *The full article includes reference to Tri Alpha Energy and General Fusion. Helion Energy in Redmond, Washington is developing a linear colliding-beam reactor that would be small enough to be carried on the back of a large truck. The Helion reactor will fire a steady stream of plasmoids from each […]

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July 21, 2014
A Noble Gas Cage
By Mary Beckman, PNNL RICHLAND, Wash. – When nuclear fuel gets recycled, the process releases radioactive krypton and xenon gases. Naturally occurring uranium in rock contaminates basements with the related gas radon. A new porous material called CC3 effectively traps these gases, and research appearing July 20 in Nature Materials shows how: by breathing enough to […]

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March 5, 2014
Energy Secretary Predicts 30-40% Renewable Energy
Four new nuclear reactors are under construction in the U.S., the first plants to be built in 30 years. Yet U.S. Secretary of EnergyErnest Moniz says when it comes to nuclear power in the U.S., “the long term trajectory remains quite uncertain.” Moniz speaks to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson on a wide range of energy issues […]

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April 17, 2012
Bill Gates: TerraPower will Deploy in 2022
Source:  John Cook, Geekwire, March 23, 2012. Bill Gates is a supporter of nuclear power and thinks we will likely see a nuclear reactor from TerraPower in2022.  Gates has funded the company with Intellectual Ventures founder Nathan Myhrvold.  The reactor will likely be built outside of the U.S. due to the difficulty in obtaining permits.  […]

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