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  • Groundbreaking research shows that the limits of nuclear stability change in stellar environments where temperatures reach billions of degrees Celsius
    New research is challenging the scientific status quo on the limits of the nuclear chart in hot stellar environments where temperatures reach billions of degrees Celsius.
  • Exploring light neutron-rich nuclei: First observation of oxygen-28
    The neutron-rich oxygen isotopes oxygen-27 and oxygen-28 exist as very short-lived resonances, report scientists based on the first observation of their decay into oxygen-24 and three and four neutrons, respectively. Notably, the oxygen-28 nucleus is found not to be 'doubly magic' as expected in the standard shell-model picture. This study provides valuable insights into the nu...
  • Researchers develop a unique quantum mechanical approach to determining metal ductility
    A team of scientists developed a new quantum-mechanics-based approach to predict metal ductility. The team demonstrated its effectiveness on refractory multi-principal-element alloys.
  • Nuclear spin's impact on biological processes uncovered
    Researchers have discovered that nuclear spin influences biological processes, challenging long-held beliefs. They found that certain isotopes behave differently in chiral environments, affecting oxygen dynamics and transport. This breakthrough could advance biotechnology, quantum biology, and NMR technology, with potential applications in isotope separation and medical imaging...
  • Fusion model hot off the wall
    Heat load mitigation is critical to extending the lifetime of future fusion device. Researchers have found a way to explain the rotational temperatures measured in three different experimental fusion devices in Japan and the United States. Their model evaluates the surface interactions and electron-proton collisions of hydrogen molecules.
  • A non-covalent bonding experience
    Putting a suite of new materials synthesis and characterization methods to the test, a team of scientists has developed 14 organic-inorganic hybrid materials, seven of which are entirely new.
  • Unlocking the power of molecular crystals: A possible solution to nuclear waste
    A team researchers has discovered molecular crystals capable of capturing iodine -- one of the most common radioactive fission products -- and other pollutants. The versatile crystals could be used for nuclear waste management and other energy-related applications and move the world closer to a net-zero future.
  • 'Stunning' discovery: Metals can heal themselves
    Researchers announce the first observation of a self-healing metal. If harnessed, the newly discovered phenomenon could someday lead to engines, bridges and airplanes that reverse damage caused by wear and tear, making them safer and longer-lasting.
  • Search for dark matter
    Scientists have applied a promising new method to search for dark matter particles in a particle accelerator. The method is based on the observation of the spin polarization of a particle beam in a storage ring COSY.
  • Public support hydrogen and biofuels to decarbonize global shipping
    New research into public attitudes towards alternative shipping fuels shows public backing for biofuel and hydrogen. The study also found that nuclear was preferred to the heavy fuel oil (HFO) currently used in the global shipping industry, although both were perceived negatively. Ammonia had the least public support.
  • New driver for shapes of small quark-gluon plasma drops?
    New measurements of how particles flow from collisions of different types of particles at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) have provided new insights into the origin of the shape of hot specks of matter generated in these collisions. The results may lead to a deeper understanding of the properties and dynamics of this form of matter, known as a quark-gluon plasma (QGP...
  • To boost supply chains, scientists are looking at ways to recover valuable materials from water
    Researchers are exploring the different ways of harvesting materials from water.
  • Calculation shows why heavy quarks get caught up in the flow
    Theorists have calculated how quickly a melted soup of quarks and gluons -- the building blocks of protons and neutrons -- transfers its momentum to heavy quarks. The calculation will help explain experimental results showing heavy quarks getting caught up in the flow of matter generated in heavy ion collisions.
  • Under pressure: Foundations of stellar physics and nuclear fusion investigated
    Research using the world's most energetic laser has shed light on the properties of highly compressed matter -- essential to understanding the structure of giant planets and stars, and to develop controlled nuclear fusion, a process that could harvest carbon-free energy.
  • Keeping time with an atomic nucleus
    Nuclear clocks could allow scientists to probe the fundamental forces of the universe in the future. Researchers have made a crucial advance in this area as part of an international collaboration.
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  • Atomic Show #312 – Tyler Bernstein, CEO Zeno Power
    Zeno Power makes cost-effective radioisotope power systems (RPS) for some of the most challenging environments in the solar system. Its systems use a proprietary package that allows a wider variety of isotopes to perform functions previously reserved for Pu-238, a rare isotope that is slowly produced at great expense. What is the value of RPS?...
  • Atomic Show #311 – Mary Jo Rogers – Founder, Rogers Leadership Group
    Mary Jo Rogers is a trained clinical psychologist who developed her interest workforce safety cultures and leadership in the nuclear power sector while consulting and working for ComEd (later Exelon). At the time she began her work, ComEd was a perennially under-performing utility with new leaders that were committed to turning it into the best...
  • Experience Power with a healthy dose of microgrids, hydrogen and nuclear energy information
    Each year since 1998, POWER Magazine has hosted a conference titled Experience Power that brings together utilities, suppliers, customers and energy leaders to discuss trends in the electric power sector. The event is currently organized as three colocated conferences, one focusing on electric power insights, one on distributed power and one on hydrogen. The 2023...
  • Where is the nuclear industry headed? Four top executives share their thoughts at ANS Utility Working Conference 2023
    One good reason to attend industry conferences is to be able carefully listen to the thoughts of industry leaders, especially during unscripted panel discussions. When the executives are among colleagues and aren’t delivering prepared, vetted speeches with polished slides, it’s possible to glean valuable information that can help form the basis for future actions. A...
  • Sense of purpose at the 2023 ANS Utility Working Conference
    The theme at the annual American Nuclear Society Utility Working Conference (#ANSUWC) was resiliency, a term that applies equally well to the equipment and the people that make up the U.S. nuclear industry. Resiliency is similar to the materials engineering term of toughness; it’s the ability to withstand pressure and blows and to spring back...
  • The most secure place to store Plutonium is inside an operating fission reactor
    Plutonium-239 (Pu-239) is a nuclear fuel source that should play an important role in a sustainable, rapidly growing nuclear power enterprise. It is a natural byproduct that is created inside every fission reactor using uranium fuel. It is fissile with characteristics that are similar to U-235, the fissile material that provides most of today’s nuclear...
  • Observations from the US Nuclear Industry Council’s 10th annual Advanced Reactor Summit
    Non-attendees might dismiss it a just another nuclear industry conference full of talk signifying nothing, but the 2023 edition of the Advanced Reactor Summit (AR Summit) – hosted by the US Nuclear Industry Council in Charlotte, NC from Jun 20-21 – felt very different to me.  This year, the US NIC AR Summit marked its...
  • Atomic Show #310 – Ron Faibish on Space Nuclear Power
    In the past few years, there has been a strong revival of interest in using nuclear fission energy to power space travel and planetary exploration. There have also been new developments in radioisotope thermal generators that will make them more widely available with greater energy density. Though there has been interest in using nuclear energy...
  • Atomic Show #309 – Matt Huber, Geography of Energy
    Matt Huber is a professor of geography at Syracuse University. He writes about energy, economies and the way that energy sources have influenced modern societies and economies. One of his first books was Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital (2013) which is very briefly described as follows: Looking beyond the usual culprits, “Lifeblood”...
  • Atomic Show #308 – Alyssa Hayes, Nuclear Energy Advocate
    Alyssa Hayes is a leader in the pro-nuclear movement. She is a PhD candidate in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee and she has been interested in policy making and politics since interning with her local representative when she was 14 years old. She was involved in the successful efforts to save four nuclear...
  • Atomic Show #307 – Mark Nelson, Managing Director Radiant Energy Group
    Mark Nelson has been traveling the world in an effort to help create a sustainable pronuclear movement. His focus includes both saving existing plants and encouraging the construction of new reactor in areas that have operating reactors, those that have shut down their nuclear plants and in countries that have never operated nuclear plants. We...
  • Atomic Show #306 – Dr. Rita Baranwal, Westinghouse AP300
    Westinghouse, one of the world’s first nuclear power plant vendors, recently announced a new small modular reactor (SMR) design called the AP300. It is described as a simplified version of the AP1000, four of which are currently operating in China and two of which are in the final stages of operational testing in Georgia, United...
  • Atomic Show #305 – Oliver Stone and Joshua Goldstein Co-Writers Nuclear Now
    On Apr 28, the much anticipated film, Nuclear Now, will premier in selected theaters in New York, Sedona and Los Angeles. It will remain available in those venues for a week. On May 1, 2023, the film will be shown at 350 theaters across the US and Canada. The film is co-written by Oliver Stone...
  • Atomic Show #304 – Len Rodberg, Nuclear New York
    Dr. Leonard Rodberg spent most of his adult life being opposed to nuclear energy. A half a dozen years ago, he abruptly changed his mind. Ever since, he has been a strong and vocal advocate for the increased use of nuclear energy. On Atomic Show #304 Len and I discuss his education, career, his changing...
  • NRC’s imposition of Aircraft Impact rule played a major role in Vogtle project delays and VC Summer failure
    Projects that last as long as building nuclear reactors in the U.S. are analogous to extreme endurance competitions in which overall progress is the sum of all stages of the race. There is no magic reset button that allows recovery of time lost early in the race, even though the specific events that resulted in...

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  • Kuwait's oil exports shift from crude oil to petroleum products
    Kuwait's oil exports are shifting from crude oil to refined petroleum products following the addition of new refining capacity, according to data in our recently updated Country Analysis Brief: Kuwait. In June and July 2023, Kuwait exported more than 1 million barrels per day (b/d) of petroleum products and liquified petroleum gas, the highest volume of products the country has...
  • OPEC+ production cuts drive up sour crude oil price around the world
    Crude oil production cuts among OPEC+ members are limiting the global supply of medium, sour and heavy, sour grades of crude oil. These cuts are increasing prices for these grades compared with sweet crude oils, reversing typical price relationships.
  • Ecuador has continued to expand use of hydroelectric power
    Hydropower has played a key and growing role in Ecuador's electricity mix by displacing fossil fuels and helping meet higher domestic electricity demand. In 2011, hydroelectric power accounted for 55% of the country's electricity mix, and electricity from fossil fuels accounted for 43%. In 2021, hydropower produced 79% of Ecuador's electricity, and fossil fuels produced less th...
  • The United States surpassed two million on-road light-duty electric vehicles in 2021
    In 2021, the number of U.S. registered light-duty electric vehicles (EV) on the roads reached 2.13 million vehicles, a sharp increase from the less than 100,000 EVs on the roads in 2012, according to our Monthly Energy Review.
  • Changes in U.S. residential natural gas prices lag spot prices
    Monthly average natural gas wholesale spot prices at the U.S. benchmark Henry Hub have been generally declining so far in 2023, but these relatively low prices do not immediately translate into lower retail prices for residential consumers. Changes in retail natural gas prices lag changes in wholesale natural gas prices, largely due to the nature of utility regulation. Over lon...

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  • Kremlin says won’t change plans on Belarus nuclear weapons
    DefenceTalkThe Kremlin on Monday said Western criticism would not change plans announced by President Vladimir Putin to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus. The West condemned Putin’s weekend announcement on placing the weapons in EU and NATO-bordering Belarus, triggering calls for new sanctions on Moscow. Ukraine said it was seeking an emergency meetin...
  • North Korea says it tested new underwater nuclear attack ‘drone’
    DefenceTalkNorth Korea claimed Friday it had tested an underwater nuclear attack drone able to unleash a “radioactive tsunami”, as it blamed recent US-South Korea exercises for a deteriorating regional security situation. Pyongyang carried out military drills of its own in response this week, the official Korean Central News Agency said, including test-firing a new ...
  • North Korea adopts war deterrence measures: state media
    DefenceTalkNorth Korea has decided to take “important practical” war deterrence measures, state media reported Sunday, a day before Seoul and Washington begin their largest joint military drills in five years. The decision was made at a meeting of the ruling party’s military commission presided over by leader Kim Jong Un, according to the official Korean [&hel...
  • Russian deputies back Putin over nuclear arms treaty
    DefenceTalkRussian lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously approved the suspension of Moscow’s participation in the New START arms treaty, which President Vladimir Putin announced a day earlier. New START, the last nuclear arms control pact between Russia and the United States, commits them to limiting their stockpile of nuclear warheads. The backing by both chambers of Russia...
  • US says Russia not complying with last remaining nuclear treaty
    DefenceTalkThe United States said Tuesday that Russia was not complying with New START, the last remaining arms control treaty between the world’s two main nuclear powers, as tensions soar over the Ukraine war. Responding to a request from Congress, the State Department faulted Russia for suspending inspections and canceling talks but did not accuse Moscow […]https...
  • DoD Aims to Shield Warfighters From Novel Biological Agents
    DefenceTalkThe Department of Defense is modernizing its approach for developing medical countermeasures to protect warfighters from novel biological agents. This is made clear in a new document, “Approach for Research, Development and Acquisition of Medical Countermeasures and Test Products,” which was recently published by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secreta...
  • Putin says Russia could adopt preemptive strike concept
    DefenceTalkPresident Vladimir Putin on Friday said Russia could amend its military doctrine by introducing the possibility of a preemptive strike to disarm an enemy, in an apparent reference to a nuclear attack. He spoke in response to a question from a reporter who asked him to clarify his statement from earlier this week on the […]https://www.defencetalk.com/putin-says...
  • New Swedish PM says open to nukes under NATO
    DefenceTalkSweden’s new prime minister said Tuesday he was open to allowing nuclear weapons on Swedish soil once the country becomes a NATO member, a turnaround from the previous government’s stance. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, who took over the reins in Sweden two weeks ago, was speaking in Helsinki at a press conference with his Finnish […]https://www.d...
  • Pacific nuclear legacy overshadows US talks in Marshall Islands
    DefenceTalkMarshall Islands officials say they are ready to resume talks with the United States this week on renewing a long-standing economic and security deal, provided Washington addresses grievances stemming from the testing of nuclear weapons on the Pacific archipelago more than 70 years ago. The United States detonated 67 nuclear bombs in the Marshall Islands […]ht...
  • Poland, South Korea sign letter of intent on nuclear plant
    DefenceTalkWarsaw and Seoul on Monday signed a letter of intent for South Korea’s KHNP to build Poland’s second nuclear power station, the partners involved said in a statement. The announcement comes three days after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said US firm Westinghouse had been selected to build the nation’s first nuclear power station at [&hell...

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