France's Hollande outlines 'green' energy policy
President Francois Hollande Friday pledged to close France's oldest operational nuclear plant in 2016 and rejected seven proposals for shale gas exploration on health and environment concerns.
Japan to phase out nuclear energy by 2040
Japan on Friday said it planned to phase out nuclear power over three decades in an apparent bow to public pressure after last year's Fukushima disaster, the worst atomic accident in a generation.
Futuristic technology—including 'talking' robots—could transform industry
A new generation of software that will allow computers and robots to 'converse' with a person is being developed by University of Aberdeen scientists.
University of Tennessee, ORNL lead national team to study nuclear fusion reactors
Power from nuclear fusion reactors has the promise to be safe, sustainable and limitless. But science has not been able to bring fusion energy to the commercial energy market. This is partly because the operating limits of ...
Fewer exploding stars potential predictor of global warming
(Phys.org)—One of the universe's greatest unexplained mysteries – why stars explode – could be explained by a particle similar to the Higgs boson. The theory developed by University of Aberdeen astrophysicist, ...
Post-Fukushima meeting calls for more work on nuclear safety
A major international conference reviewing the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in Japan in March 2011 wrapped up Friday calling for more to be done to improve nuclear safety.
Iowa State physicists excited about Higgs studies, look forward to new physics
Ten Iowa State University physicists have their names on a new paper describing how the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider has observed a new particle in the search for the Higgs boson. ...
Extracting uranium from seawater
(Phys.org) -- Fueling nuclear reactors with uranium harvested from the ocean could become more feasible because of a material developed by a team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Advances in decades-old dream of mining seawater for uranium
Scientists today reported progress toward a 40-year-old dream of extracting uranium for nuclear power from seawater, which holds at least 4 billion tons of the precious material. They described some of the most promising ...
As smart electric grid evolves, engineers show how to include solar technologies
An economically feasible way to store solar energy in existing residential power networks is the subject of an award winning paper written by two Virginia Tech electrical engineers and presented at an international conference.
Pinning down the 'Island of Stability': Stabilizing shell effects in heaviest elements directly measured
(Phys.org) -- An international research team has succeeded in directly measuring the strength of shell effects in very heavy elements at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt. The results ...
Lithuania to hold referendum on new nuclear plant
Lithuania's parliament on Monday called a referendum on plans for an atomic power plant to replace a Soviet-era facility closed under the terms of Lithuania's entry into the European Union.
Swiss nuclear safety watchdog gives stations the all-clear
Switzerland's four nuclear power stations are fit to withstand a major earthquake and pose no threat to the population and the environment, inspectors said on Monday.
Japan opens solar energy parks
Japan opened several solar energy parks on Sunday as a new law came into force requiring companies to purchase renewable energy at a fixed price in a push for alternatives to nuclear power.