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March 2010

undefinedOne of the main lines of research at Brookhaven National Laboratory is the search for cutting-edge materials that can withstand the high-temperature and high-radiation environment found inside nuclear reactor vessels.

New alloys and other materials could prove to be especially useful as today’s nuclear energy facilities are relicensed for longer periods of time—up to 60 years—and as next-generation reactor designs are developed. Two of the main “tools” helping scientists to discover new materials and improve existing ones are the National Synchrotron Light Source and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at the Brookhaven Lab.

Bill Gates Rides the Nuclear Wave

Many Silicon Valley executives have commented on the relentlessly increasing need for electricity to power our homes and economy, and on the role that nuclear energy can play to meet our energy needs.  Microsoft founder Bill Gates is no exception.

Government Industry To Ease Shortage Of Medical Isotopes
In a move that may ease the shortage of medical isotopes, the National Nuclear Security Administ-ration (NNSA) has inked agreements with Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group Inc. and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to develop new technologies for supplying diagnostic and cancer-fighting treatments.
New Reactors, Thousands of Jobs Kick Off a New Nuclear Decade

It started with the State of the Union address. Intending to provide a review of the last year and policy priorities for the coming year, most recent presidents have included a section devoted to energy issues.