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Nuclear Fusion Could Power Future Human Expeditions to Mars

April 15, 2013

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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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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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