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NASA seeks ideas for a nuclear reactor on the moon

Nov. 19, 2021 15:44 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — If anyone has a good idea on how to put a nuclear fission power plant on the moon, the U.S. government wants to hear about it. NASA and the nation’s top federal nuclear research lab on Friday put out a request for proposals for a fission surface...

Man earns Ph.D., fulfills dream of being physicist — at 89

Nov. 11, 2021 15:38 PM EST

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An 89-year-old Rhode Island man has achieved a goal he spent two decades working toward and nearly a lifetime thinking about — earning his Ph.D. and becoming a physicist. Manfred Steiner recently defended his dissertation successfully at...

Is it green, or forever toxic? Nuclear rift at climate talks

Nov. 04, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

SOULAINES-DHUYS, France (AP) — Deep in a French forest of oaks, birches and pines, a steady stream of trucks carries a silent reminder of nuclear energy’s often invisible cost: canisters of radioactive waste, heading into storage for the next 300 years. As negotiators...

Iran awards scientific prize to 2 US-based physicists

Oct. 21, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Thursday awarded a prestigious prize in the study of science and technology to two physicists based in the United States. Harvard University physics professor Cumrun Vafa received The Mustafa Prize in the field of “All Areas of Science and...

US nuclear repository completes key mining project

Oct. 13, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After seven years of mining, federal officials say work to carve out the eighth disposal area at the U.S. government’s underground nuclear waste repository is complete. Managers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are planning to use the space...

Court rejects fired physicist's intellectual freedom claim

Oct. 13, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court Wednesday dismissed an intellectual freedom claim by a university physicist who was fired in part over his public statements that scientists exaggerated damage to the Great Barrier Reef caused by climate change. Five...

Martin J. Sherwin, Pulitzer-winning scholar, dead at 84

Oct. 09, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin J. Sherwin, a leading scholar of atomic weapons who in “A World Destroyed” challenged support for the U.S. bombing of Japan and spent more than two decades researching the pioneering physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer for the Pulitzer Prize-winning “American...

Physics Nobel rewards work on climate change, other forces

Oct. 05, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for work that found order in seeming disorder, helping to explain and predict complex forces of nature, including expanding our understanding of climate change. Syukuro Manabe, originally from...

Nobel Prize in physics awarded to 3 scientists for discoveries in climate and complex physical systems

Oct. 05, 2021 05:55 AM EDT
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prize in physics awarded to 3 scientists for discoveries in climate and complex physical systems.

Cuban scientists say no evidence of attacks on diplomats

Sep. 13, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

Havana (AP) — Cuba on Monday issued its most detailed report to date from prominent local scientists criticizing allegations that U.S. and Canadian diplomats were subject to mysterious attacks while posted on the island and developed health issues. The report by the...