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New Research May Solve Longstanding Fusion Reactor Mystery

January 21, 2016

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MIT Experiments Reveal Two Forms of Turbulence Interacting

New research from MIT shows two types of turbulence within plasma that cause significant heat loss. Solving this problem could take the world a step closer to fusion power which has the promise of limitless and relatively clean energy. One of the biggest obstacles to making fusion power practical — and realizing its promise of […]

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New Device Harnesses the Energy of Small Bending Motions

January 6, 2016

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New Device Harnesses the Energy of Small Bending Motions

Using a new method based on electrochemical principles, engineers at MIT have developed a new device that could provide electrical power source from walking and other ambient motions. For many applications such as biomedical, mechanical, or environmental monitoring devices, harnessing the energy of small motions could provide a small but virtually unlimited power supply. While […]

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A New Tool To Identify Nuclear Weapons Without Divulging Secret Information

September 2, 2015

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Zero Knowledge Warhead Verification

The Zero Knowledge Warhead Verification Program aims to identify nuclear weapons while protecting secret information. “Energy is incredibly fundamental to life,” MIT graduate student Ruaridh Macdonald says. “That’s why I keep studying it.” This tenet has been the thread throughout Macdonald’s nearly eight years at MIT — first as an undergraduate, then as a master’s […]

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“Perfect Fluid” Reveals Clues about the Young Universe Microseconds after the Big Bang

October 3, 2014

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Researchers Develop a Way to Probe the Kind of Matter that Dominated the Universe Immediately After the Big Bang

Nuclear scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have made the most precise extraction to date of a key property of the quark-gluon plasma, which reveals the microscopic structure of this almost perfect liquid. By combining data from two high-energy accelerators, nuclear scientists have refined the measurement of a remarkable property […]

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Nuclear Fusion Could Power Future Human Expeditions to Mars

April 15, 2013

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Nuclear Fusion Could Send Humans to Mars

In a project funded through NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, researchers from University of Washington and MSNW are calculating the potential for expeditions to Mars using a rocket powered by fusion. Human travel to Mars has long been the unachievable dangling carrot for space programs. Now, astronauts could be a step closer to our nearest […]

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Conceptual Nuclear Reactor Design of High Plutonium Breeding by Light Water Cooling

January 17, 2013

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High Plutonium Breeding by Light Water Cooling

A new study details how scientists developed the conceptual nuclear reactor design of high plutonium breeding by light water cooling, which may help advanced countries meet the growth rate of energy demand. Professor Oka’s research team succeeded to develop the conceptual nuclear reactor design of high plutonium breeding by light water cooling for the first […]

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Satellites Could Be Used to Detect Nuclear Tests

December 5, 2012

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Underground nuclear tests can be detected in the skies and as a result, global satellite networks could become a powerful tool in order to detect clandestine underground nuclear explosions (UNE). The scientists presented their findings at the American Geophysical Union conference. The International Monitoring System (IMS) was established by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and has […]

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US Ignition Facility Will Spend Less Time on Energy Research

November 7, 2012

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Laser lab shifts focus

The world’s most powerful laser ignition facility is set to emphasize its nuclear weapons research after unsuccessfully campaigning to demonstrate the principles of a fusion power plant. At the US National Ignition Facility (NIF), scientists and engineers have been working on how to focus the 192 laser beams on a gold lined “hohlraum” capsule, just […]

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