Nuclear still main alternative to oil: ex-IAEA chief
The former head of UN atomic agency voiced confidence Sunday in nuclear energy as the only real alternative to oil despite a potential "setback" in the sector due to Japan's current disaster.
Japan nuclear firm sees 'cold shutdown' in 6-9 mths
The operator of Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear plant said Sunday it aims to reduce radiation leaks within three months and to achieve a "cold shutdown" within six to nine months.
Chernobyl nightmare haunts world 25 years on
The world next week remembers 25 years since the worst nuclear accident in history at Chernobyl, haunted by fears that the Japan earthquake has shown again the risk of atomic power sparking apocalypse.
Japan nuclear scare boosts renewables lobby
A global scare sparked by Japan's stumbling efforts to contain a nuclear crisis is encouraging promoters of renewable energy, but defenders of atomic power insist it has a long-term future.
Japan dumps low-level radioactive water into sea
Japan on Monday started to dump more than 10,000 tons of low-level radioactive water into the Pacific as part of emergency operations to stabilise its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
What's behind our conflicted feelings on nukes?
(AP) -- Nuclear radiation, invisible and insidious, gives us the creeps.
Physicists demonstrate conditions for laser-driven fusion
Asia's nuclear drive on despite Japan crisis
Asian governments that are ramping up nuclear power will face huge pressure to curb their programmes in the wake of Japan's atomic crisis, but dozens of reactors will still be built in the near future.
Novel transistor combines logic and memory functions, drastically reduces power consumption
A group headed by Dr. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, a Principal Investigator at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA; Japan), succeeded in the development of a novel transistor, the "atom transistor," ...
Extending Moore's Law: Expitaxial graphene shows promise for replacing silicon in electronics
(PhysOrg.com) -- Move over silicon. There's a new electronic material in town, and it goes fast. That material, the focus of the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics, is graphene -- a fancy name for extremely thin ...
Packing electrons in a nano box: Control of many-Body correlation by quantum confinement
A team headed by Dr. Takashi Kuroda, Senior Researcher, and Dr. Marco Abbarchi, Researcher, of the Quantum Dot Research Center, National Institute for Materials Science, in joint research with Hokkaido University, ...
Recycling waste heat into energy: Researchers take a step toward more efficient conversion
(PhysOrg.com) -- The right material wrapped around your car's exhaust system could one day scavenge heat that would otherwise be wasted, turning it into energy to warm the cabin or recharge the battery.
German physicists create a 'super-photon'
Physicists from the University of Bonn have developed a completely new source of light, a so-called Bose-Einstein condensate consisting of photons. Until recently, expert had thought this impossible. This ...
Physicists get an up-close look at synthetic quantum materials
(PhysOrg.com) -- Physicists at Harvard University have, for the first time, tracked individual atoms in a gas cooled to extreme temperatures as the particles reorganized into a crystal, a process driven by ...