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December 12, 2013
The basics of small modular reactor technology explained. | Infographic by <a href="">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Advancing Small Modular Reactors: How We're Supporting Next-Gen Nuclear Energy Technology

Learn about the Energy Department's support for the next-generation nuclear energy technology -- small modular reactors.

November 14, 2013
First Office of Nuclear Energy -Tribal Leader Dialogue

On October 30th, I hosted Tribal Leaders from all over the United States at the first Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and Tribal Leader Dialogue (Dialogue) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

October 30, 2013
Middle School Energy and Nuclear Science Curriculum Now Available

A new middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum called The Harnessed Atom is now available on the Office of Nuclear Energy website. This new curriculum offers accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in our lives. The essential principles and fundamental concepts in The Harnessed Atom address the latest science standards for crosscutting concepts about energy and matter.

May 6, 2013
Renewed energy and enhanced coordination are on the horizon for an international collaborative that is advancing new, safer nuclear energy systems.
Paving the path for next-generation nuclear energy

Nuclear power reactors currently under construction worldwide boast modern safety and operational enhancements that were designed by the global nuclear energy industry and enhanced through research and development (R&D) by the U.S. Department of Energy and its international counterparts. Today, experts around the world are collaborating to further advance nuclear technology to meet future energy needs.

April 15, 2013
The development of clean, affordable nuclear power options is a key element of the Energy Department's Nuclear Energy Research and Development Roadmap. As a part of this strategy, a high priority of the Department has been to help accelerate the timelines for the commercialization and deployment of small modular reactor (SMR) technologies through the SMR Licensing Technical Support program. | Photo by the Energy Department.
Expanding Options for Nuclear Power

Investments in Small Modular Reactors are helping to support safe, efficient nuclear technologies across America.

February 11, 2013
The Office of Nuclear Energy's mission is to advance nuclear power as a resource that can meet the United State's energy, environmental and national security needs.
Office of Nuclear Energy Launches New Website

A new website for NE means easier access to information and more up-to-date news for users. Check it out!

August 15, 2012
Simulated three-dimensional fission power distribution of a single 17x17 rod PWR fuel assembly. | Photo courtesy of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL).
Five Years of Building the Next Generation of Reactors

A two-year update on the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors and the progress being made in overcoming barriers to national energy goals.

August 6, 2012
One of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover was taken on the left-rear side of the rover looking directly into the sun. | Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Powering Curiosity: Lab Tech Goes to Mars

Today marks the beginning of Curiosity's two-year mission on the Martian surface to determine whether our neighboring Red Planet supports life now or has in the past.

July 18, 2012
Lab Breakthrough: X-ray Laser Captures Atoms and Molecules in Action

Fifty years ago, this collider gave science its first evidence of quarks. Today, it's revealing the conditions of massive stars and how sunlight splits water into oxygen.

June 1, 2012
Navy personnel stationed in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in the mid 1950s learn how to operate the Nautilus S1W, the prototype of the Navy's first nuclear-powered submarine. | Photo courtesy of Idaho National Laboratory
Veteran Leadership Strong at Idaho’s Laboratory

Idaho National Lab has played a large role in building fission reactors for Navy vessels - and then training those military personnel on how to use the equipment.