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Dangerous plutonium stolen from rental car in a hotel parking lot
The March 2017 theft of plutonium and cesium is only now coming to light.
Trump stacks key renewable energy office with former Koch officials
To fill key positions in the renewable energy and energy efficiency office at the Department of Energy (DOE), the Trump administration is lifting people straight from the Koch brothers’ numerous
The fastest supercomputer belongs to the US again
The United States just reclaimed bragging rights for the fastest supercomputer after getting dethroned for eight years. China became home to the world's fastest supercomputer in 2010 with its
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How a Uranium Hunter Sniffs Out Nuclear Weapons
Every bit of uranium ore has a chemical fingerprint specific to its source on Earth. Track the metal, and you can track the ne’er-do-well who took it.
IBM and the Department of Energy show off world’s fastest supercomputer, Summit
IBM and the Department of Energy have teamed up to create the world's fastest and most powerful supercomputer. Code named Summit, the machine will be used for machine learning and artificial
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The US passed China with a supercomputer capable of as many calculations per second as 6.3 billion humans
For the first time in five years, the world’s fastest computer is no longer in China. Yesterday (June 8), the US Department of Energy’s Oak…
Lax oversight, poor management raise concerns at Los Alamos nuclear lab
The University of California will continue to manage one of the country’s most important nuclear labs alongside two partners, despite a series of accidents that raise serious concerns about the lab’s
IBM, Department of Energy Unveil World’s Fastest Supercomputer
The DoE has unveiled Summit, a new supercomputer from IBM housed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). It's an order of magnitude more powerful than current US
Top energy regulator points to problematic wartime language in Trump’s coal bailout plan
There’s no doubt emergency conditions exist that could easily be used to justify greater government intervention in the U.S. electric power industry. The planet is warming at a rapid pace and the
Trump plan to bail out coal industry punishes red states the most
President Trump has ordered Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to take “immediate steps” to bailout unprofitable coal and nuclear plants. This move, initiated on Friday, will inevitably increase
Rick Perry suggests using ‘national security’ to override opposition to pipelines
With states standing in the way of new natural gas pipelines, Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Wednesday suggested elevating the role of national security when regulators consider whether to approve
Coal and nuclear plant owners wrap themselves in ‘resilience flag’ to draw Trump’s attention
Until 2017, the “resilience” of the electric power sector had referred to the power grid’s ability to withstand and recover from extreme weather and other threats. But the Trump administration, as it
How Scott Pruitt Is Dismantling the EPA From the Inside
Deconstruction of science-based environmental protection has been Pruitt’s calling card.
Report: Trump May Seek Wartime Authority to Boost Coal and Nuclear Plants
Donald Trump’s administration is considering invoking sweeping wartime powers to pump up coal and nuclear power plants that are losing out against competitors in the natural gas industry. Read more...
Perry seems in favor of emergency order to bail out coal, nuclear plants
Comments suggest struggling firm FirstEnergy could get help from the DOE.
A Breakthrough in 3D Printing Liquids Could Lead to Squishy, Flexible Gadgets
The most common types of 3D printing involve either extruding melted plastic or using a laser to solidify tiny particles, layer by layer, to slowly build up a solid object. But researchers at the
Department of Energy hosts competition to train cyber defense warriors
From leaked passwords to identity theft, cybersecurity issues are constantly in the news. Few issues, though, are as important — or as under-reported by the media — as the security of America’s
Coal, nuclear plant operator files for bankruptcy, asks Trump for a bailout
FirstEnergy's request comes after regulator struck down an industry-wide bailout plan.
FirstEnergy’s request for emergency bailout from Rick Perry generates widespread backlash
A major electric utility company wants Energy Secretary Rick Perry to rescue its coal and nuclear plants, along with other companies’ plants located in the eastern United States, by declaring an
After subsidy proposal fails, Rick Perry uses ‘bomb cyclone’ to promote coal generation
Energy Secretary Rick Perry is still trying to win converts to the Trump administration’s pro-coal campaign, this time by citing the performance of coal-fired power plants during a cold spell in late