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.
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, ...
BNL's researchers help connect nuclear science and nanoscience for safer reactors
Following last year's earthquake and tsunami at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plants, many nuclear scientists have been focused on developing models to predict what will happen under a variety of conditions that may exist ...
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.
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 ...
Record radiation in fish off Japan nuclear plant
A pair of greenlings have shown the highest level of radioactive caesium detected in fish and shellfish caught in waters off Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, its operator said Tuesday.
A boon to fusion: Scientist finds new way to predict heat layer troublemaker
Researchers at a recent worldwide conference on fusion power have confirmed the surprising accuracy of a new model for predicting the size of a key barrier to fusion that a top scientist at the Princeton ...
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.
Fukushima 'caused mutant butterflies'
Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears radiation could affect other species.
First-hand recollections of the first self-sustaining chain reaction
Just seventy years ago, nuclear power, which generates 20 percent of the electricity in the United States, was just a theory. Scientists werent entirely sure they could safely create a self-sustaining nuclear reaction, ...
Forget blizzards and hurricanes, heat waves are deadliest
(Phys.org) -- In the pantheon of deadly weather events, heat waves rule.
Ecosystems reveal radiation secrets
A new study by Tiina Tuovinen, from the University of Eastern Finland, and her colleagues casts doubt over the validity of models used to assess the impact of radiation on human health. Their work is published online in Springer's ...
New lab working on security shoe sole to ID people
High-tech security? Forget those irksome digital eye scans. Meet the biometric shoe.