nuclear waste

New Material Goes all ‘Venus Fly Trap’ on Nuclear Waste

March 1, 2010 / No Comments

Nuclear waste is tough to handle, and can take thousands of years to decay before it becomes safe again. The waste contains non-toxic sodium ions and highly radioactive cesium isotopes. Removing these harmful isotopes has been difficult as most materials cannot "differentiate" between the radioactive ions and the non-toxic ones. Scientists Mercouri Kanatzidis and Nan Ding from US Department of ...

Japanese Town Ignores NIMBY Pledge on Nuclear Waste

March 18, 2009 / 4 Comments

When the norm is NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard, there's a town in Japan's Fukushima, Prefecture, Naraha, that is willing to be the final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste. There are some 10 nuclear reactors in Fukushima prefecture. The mayor of Naraha says the "town's theme is coexistence with our nuclear plant. If safety can be guaranteed, and ...