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Florida’s controversial plan to pave roads with a radioactive material via The Week

A bill could allow the state to use phosphogypsum in construction projects JUSTIN KLAWANS MAY 16, 2023 A bill in the Florida House of Representatives, HB 1191, could potentially allow the Sunshine State to pave its roads with a material that is … Continue reading

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First the U.S. invaded Iraq — then left it poisoned via Beyond Nuclear International

Scientist: Bombs, bullets and military hardware abandoned by U.S. forces have left Iraq “toxic for millennia” By David Masciotra The political and moral culture of the United States allows for bipartisan cooperation to destroy an entire country, killing hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

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Thorium power has a protactinium problem via The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

n 1980, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) observed that protactinium, a chemical element generated in thorium reactors, could be separated and allowed to decay to isotopically pure uranium 233—suitable material for making nuclear weapons. The IAEA report, titled “Advanced … Continue reading

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The U.S. government lab behind Beijing’s nuclear power push via Reuters Investigates

HONG KONG – Scientists in Shanghai are attempting a breakthrough in nuclear energy: reactors powered by thorium, an alternative to uranium. The project is run by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a government body with close military ties that coordinates … Continue reading

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Report calls for huge expansion of experimental nuclear plants via the guardian

Development of new technology would move UK away from fossil fuels and generate two-thirds of power by 2050 The UK will need to develop a huge fleet of currently experimental nuclear reactors by the middle of the century, to generate … Continue reading

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Will Malaysians Get Cancer for Your iPhone or Prius? via Mother Jones

Greetings from Malaysia! I’m here working on a reporting project about 17 elements at the bottom of the periodic table known as the rare earths, which are key to manufacturing all kinds of cutting-edge technology—from smartphones and laptops to wind … Continue reading

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Benefits of thorium as alternative nuclear fuel are ‘overstated’ via The guardian

The benefits of an alternative nuclear fuel that could offer a safer and more abundant alternative to the uranium that powers conventional reactors have been “overstated”, according a new government report on the potential of thorium. The report says the … Continue reading

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