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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / July 6, 2016

Imperfections make big impacts, boosting efficiency of perovskite solar cells, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 6, 2016.

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Disposed to disposable: Why homes don’t last in the Land of the Rising Sun

By Jessica McMathis / June 4, 2014

In Japan, where the typical home lasts just three decades and is worth nothing after 15 years, it’s common that homeowners have nothing to show for their 30 years of mortgage payments.

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Global nuclear notes: Japan to restart nuclear program, China on track to beat 2020 targets

By Jessica McMathis / March 25, 2014

In the race to reinvigorate nuclear energy programs across the globe, who’s winning?

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Video: New nuclear fuel rod ‘jacket?’ EWI’s SiC joined-tube samples stable in MIT research reactor for six months

By / October 19, 2012

[flash http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/ed_herderick_ewi_sic_cladding.flv mode=1 f={image=http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/ed_herderick_ewi_sic_cladding.jpg}] According to EWI researcher Edward Herderick, the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant presents a key question to the materials community. He asks, “Are there materials innovations that can profoundly improve the safety of existing light water reactors?” Herderick, an applications engineer in EWI’s Materials Group (Columbus, Ohio), says…

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Japan’s leaders do u-turn, water down nuclear ban policy

By / September 21, 2012

Nuclear power plant control room. Credit: Wikipedia Commons. When Japan’s government last week suddenly announced that it would phase out its nuclear power plants by 2040, it probably thought it would be scoring some popularity points with its population where public opinion has been strong in opposing the continued use of nuclear power since the…

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Japan to end nuclear power by 2040; France plans to cut back

By / September 14, 2012

Anti-Nuclear Power Plant Rally on 19 September 2011 This is a bit of a surprise, and I have no idea how this will fully reverberate through the scientific and technical communities, but Japan and France apparently have made major decisions to back away from a reliance on nuclear power, and in the case of the…

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Mechanism offered for how seawater could corrode nuclear fuel

By / January 31, 2012

Damaged seawater pump used to cool cores of Fukushima-Daiichi reactors. Credit: IAEA Image Bank. When Japanese officials acted out of desperation and used seawater to cool the cores at the Fukushima-Daiichi reactors last year, it looks like they made the right call. But, others that might be tempted to use seawater to cool fuel rods in…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / September 16, 2011

Check ’em out: Global support for nuclear energy drops after Fukushima Quantum behavior with a flash: Pulsed quantum optomechanics Europeans reignite fusion energy project: The test of a new lining that can take the heat of fusion could be crucial for a planned reactor in France High-tech demand sparks return of cobalt mines Collaboration puts…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / September 2, 2011

Check ’em out: NIST: Iron ‘veins’ are secret of promising new hydrogen storage material With plutonium-238 supplies running low, the race is on to find new power sources for spacecraft Construction of US’s first large-scale industrial carbon capture and storage facility begins Dynamic windows improve efficiency, human experience in buildings India’s government plans to step…

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Japan’s leaders still struggling with post-Fukushima decisions

By / July 22, 2011

Despite some government announcements, consensus has yet to emerge on he fate of Japan’s nuclear reactors such as the Monju fast-breeder, above (still under construction). Credit: Nife; Wikipedia Commons. I don’t envy Japanese policy makers. The long-term economic and societal affects that continue to echo from the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster are proving, understandably, to be…

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