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Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
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Several of Japan's nuclear power plants are experiencing serious damage from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Here's what you need to know to understand the news, as it happens
These elite nuclear divers are risking their lives to help save a troubled industry.
Nuclear power is the most efficient emissions-free energy available. But can it be made safe? Two new reactor designs do just that
It's the ultimate nightmare: a nuclear attack in the U.S. masterminded by terrorists. Here's how that could happen-- and how we can prevent it
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A reactor ten times smaller than any online today is cheaper, but still lacks interested customers
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Scientists hope to build an experimental fusion reactor
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