energy
Excessive Radiation Inside Fukushima Fries Clean-up Robot

The robot was sent into reactor No. 2 to inspect and clean a passage for another robot in the damaged nuclear facility. Image: TEPCO/Associated Press
A remotely-controlled robot sent to inspect and clean a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be pulled early when its onboard camera went dark, the result of excess radiation. The abbreviated mission suggests that radiation levels inside the reactor are even higher than was reported last week—and that robots are going to have a hell of a time cleaning this mess up. Read More >>

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Radiation Levels Are Soaring Inside the Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high, and are the worst since the plant suffered a triple meltdown nearly six years ago. The latest readings now pose a serious challenge as officials prepare to dismantle the stricken facility. Read More >>

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Brexit Could Also Hurt Britain’s Nuclear Research and Safety Inspections

Another wrinkle has been added to an already complex Brexit process. Just a small one... Umm.. Nuclear safety. Read More >>

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Japan Just Scrapped a £7.2 Billion Nuclear Reactor That Never Really Worked

The government of Japan has decided to decommission the experimental Monju nuclear reactor, which worked for just 250 days out of its total 22-year lifespan. Read More >>

renewable energy
China is Going to Build a Solar Plant in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

A pair of Chinese companies are planning to build a solar plant in one of the scariest places in the world: the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Read More >>

energy
The First Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus Is a Dangerous Fiasco

In July, construction workers at the Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus dropped a 330 tonne reactor shell. Weeks went by before the government admitted an “abnormal situation” had occurred, prompting international concerns about safety at the Russian-built facility—and the Belarusian government’s unwillingness to disclose information in a timely manner. Read More >>

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Hinkley Point Nuclear Plant in Doubt After Shock Government Intervention

Who saw this coming? After Hinkley Point C gained final approval from champagne-popping EDF board members last night -- who were revving up their pen-gines ahead of a planned contract signing today -- nobody expected Theresa May and co to swoop in like harpies and crash the party. Read More >>

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Hinkley Point: Do You Agree With Nuclear Power Stations in the UK?

The big thing on Twitter this morning isn’t a celebrity death or mindless violence, but Hinkley Point C, the £18 billion Somerset nuclear plant that’s expected to gain final approval from EDF later today. Read More >>

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Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Takes Us a Step Closer to Infinite Energy

It's one of science's ultimate goals, and perhaps the only thing that could prevent humanity's ultimate depletion of the Earth's resources -- the ability to produce more energy than is used to make it. Now, a new nuclear breakthrough has brought that feat even closer to becoming a reality. Read More >>

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This Thorium Reactor Has the Power of a Norse God

The Uranium-235 and -238 we use in modern nuclear fission reactors are humanity's single most energy-dense fuel source (1,546,000,000 MJ/L), but that potent power potential comes at a steep price — and not just during natural disasters. Its radioactive plutonium byproducts remain lethally irradiated for millennia. That's why one pioneering Nordic company is developing an alternative fuel that doesn't produce it. Read More >>

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The Awesome Control Rooms that Run the World

Every day, an army of computers and human operators toil in control rooms, providing electricity to a city, guiding planes across the sky, or searching for the Higgs-Boson. These rooms are all extremely important, whether they're making breakthrough discoveries or just keeping the lights on. Read More >>