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June 15, 2018
Picture of hands holding a test fuel pin designed by Framatome.
New Accident Tolerant Fuel by Framatome Being Tested at Idaho National Laboratory
Framatome’s accident tolerant fuel was recently installed for testing at the Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory.
June 11, 2018
Two researchers look at a computer screen.
This Instrument Can Simulate a Year's Worth of Reactor Damage in Days
The IVEM-Tandem facility at Argonne National Laboratory lets researchers look at material changes caused by ion irradiation as it happens.
June 5, 2018
Small modular reactor model at NuScale Power
3 Innovations Transforming the Nuclear Industry
Advanced reactors, additive manufacturing and advanced fuels are expected to transform the U.S. nuclear industry. Here's how.
May 21, 2018
A photo that features an igloo shaped dome that houses a nuclear reactor and trees with wind turbines in the distance.
It’s Time for the World to Recognize Nuclear as a Clean Energy Source
New global effort will make sure nuclear has a seat at the table during discussions about innovation and future advanced clean energy systems.
May 10, 2018
Two mothers posing for a picture with their kids
Nuclear Energy: It's Mother Approved
Heather Matteson and Kristin Zaitz are all about momsplaining nuclear energy to anyone who will listen.
May 7, 2018
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Fission and Fusion: What is the Difference?
Infographic: Learn the difference between fission and fusion - two physical processes that produce massive amounts of energy from atoms.
April 17, 2018
A blue glow is present during the refueling of the HFIR reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
7 Fast Facts about the High Flux Isotope Reactor
7 fast facts on the High Flux Isotope Reactor—one of the nation's top facilities in producing medical- and industry-grade isotopes.
April 10, 2018
Men talk during a panel about energy and nuclear power.
New Wave of Innovation Coming to Nuclear Energy
Nuclear energy is riding a wave of innovation that could be a game-changer for nuclear power and the nation’s energy mix.
April 4, 2018
Homer Simpson sits in a nuclear control room and is sleeping
7 Things The Simpsons Got Wrong About Nuclear
Here are 7 things The Simpsons missed about nuclear energy.
March 20, 2018
Energy Department seal
6 Things to Know About the Nuclear Energy FY19 Budget Request
Here are 6 things you need to know about the FY19 budget request.
March 15, 2018
A panel discussion held in Argentina about nuclear energy.
Challenge Accepted: Millennials Eager To Shape World's Nuclear Narrative
Energy leaders from around the world are challenging millennials to help policy, opinion leaders and their peers to tell nuclear’s clean energy story.
March 12, 2018
aerial photo of advanced test reactor
7 Fast Facts About Idaho National Laboratory's Advanced Test Reactor
The Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory is one of the largest research reactors in the world helping to advance nuclear technologies.
March 7, 2018
Diagram of a molten salt reactor
3 Advanced Reactor Systems to Watch by 2030
These 3 advanced reactor designs are cleaner, safer and more efficient than previous generations. They could also debut as early as 2030.
February 22, 2018
A researcher stands in front of a simulated computer modeling system
10 Jobs in Nuclear Starting at $60K or Higher
Nuclear energy has a host of careers that utilize many diverse skill sets, and the pay isn't bad either. These 10 jobs start at $60K or higher.
February 16, 2018
A photo of a nuclear test rod with measuring tape by it
GE's Nuclear Fuel Designs Ready for Reactor Testing
GE's new nuclear fuel designs will soon be tested in a commercial reactor. This is why it's a big deal.
February 12, 2018
A woman poses in front of a research reactor.
This is Why I Decided to Become a Nuclear Engineer
Anna Biela is a nuclear engineering student at Purdue, but her passion for nuclear energy isn't by chance.
February 6, 2018
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Power Does A Nuclear Reactor Produce?
A typical nuclear reactor produces 1 gigawatt of power per plant on average. Just how much power is that exactly?
February 1, 2018
A photo of a mechanical claw inside a hot cell
Look Inside One of the Largest Hot Cell in the United States
The Hot Fuel Examination Facility at Idaho National Laboratory is one of the best places in the world to conduct radioactive materials research.
January 25, 2018
NuScale small modular reactor core being lowered from the ceiling.
Department of Energy Report Explores U.S. Advanced Small Modular Reactors to Boost Grid Resiliency
The Department of Energy recently released a report that dives into advanced small modular reactors and their ability to boost grid resiliency.
December 1, 2017
Drawing that depicts Chicago Pile 1, the world's first reactor with a man pulling a control rod out of a reactor as another man in the background monitors.
10 Intriguing Facts About the World's First Nuclear Chain Reaction
Check out these 10 intriguing facts that you probably didn’t know about the world’s first controlled release of nuclear energy.
November 15, 2017
Idaho National Laboratory scientists and engineers perform a fuel inspection at the TREAT reactor facility.
National Lab Test Reactor Resumes Operations after 23-Year Hiatus
The Transient Reactor Test Facility at Idaho National Laboratory is back online after more than 2 decades of dormancy.
August 21, 2017
Total eclipse of the sun
Total Solar Eclipse: A Reminder of the Importance of Nuclear Energy
The total solar eclipse is a reminder of the importance of clean and reliable nuclear energy.
August 17, 2017
Path of totality of the solar eclipse and the national labs
Throwing Shade: 3 Things to Know About the Solar Eclipse
Solar eclipse mania is sweeping across America and for good reason. Here are a few things to keep in mind as the big day approaches.
June 28, 2017
Nuclear Energy: Clean, Constant, and Cool
Nuclear Energy: Clean, Constant, and Cool
Many people don't realize the role that nuclear energy plays in our daily lives. Here's the lowdown on this clean, constant, and cool energy resource.
May 26, 2017
Meeting Summary: Civil Nuclear Energy Research and Development Working Group
The Civil Nuclear Energy Research and Development Working Group (CNWG) held its annual meeting on May 16-18, 2017 at Idaho National Laboratory.