ITER has a 5,500-ton component that is going unnoticed. And without it there will be no nuclear fusion

When we talk about ITER, the experimental nuclear fusion reactor that an international consortium led by the European Union is building in Cadarache (France), the leading role is usually claimed by two components of this highly complex machine: the vacuum chamber and the superconducting magnets. These two links deserve the attention they are receiving because […]

The DRACO project, nuclear propulsion in space

Thermal nuclear propulsion is similar to chemical propulsion in that it achieves a boost by the force of reaction by ejecting very hot gas from a nozzle. However, instead of using chemical combustion, it uses nuclear fission (although in the future it could use nuclear fusion). The advantage of the nuclear route over the chemical […]

A new nuclear-electric engine to reach Mars

NASA has approved the first research phase of a project under the Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) programme to develop a new type of engine using dual nuclear thermal (NTP) and electric (NEP) propulsion that will drastically reduce travel time to Mars.

The Safety and Security of Small Modular Reactors (SMR)

Small Modular Reactors, or SMRs, are a future option because of their numerous advantages, bringing significant benefits to society and playing an important role in the decarbonisation of economies. The question that arises is how they can be implemented in an efficient and physically safe manner.

Until 31 January, 2023 you can register at the World Nuclear University Summer Institute

Applications for an immersive, five-week (25 June - 28 July 2023) nuclear leadership and professional development programme for future leaders in the nuclear industry, the World Nuclear University Summer Institute 2023 (Osaka, Japan) are now open.

Onkalo: World's First Geological Final Disposal

Onkalo, near the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in the municipality of Eurajoki on the west coast of Finland, is the first deep geological repository for the final storage of irradiated fuel and high-level radioactive waste.

Breakthrough in nuclear fusion, one step closer to society's benefits

An experiment, conducted on August 8, at the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF) in the United States has achieved a "historic" breakthrough by achieving a greater amount of energy from nuclear fusion than has ever been achieved before. This facility occupying a ten-story building the size of three soccer fields used 192 laser […]

IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme

The application period is now open. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2022. For more information on how to apply, please go to this page.

A model calculates Mars solar radiation

In the next few years, many space missions have set themselves the goal of reaching Mars. One of them, MetNet, plans to install observation stations on the Martian surface and measure solar radiation. An international team of scientists, with the participation of the Complutense University of Madrid, has designed a model to calculate this type […]

Master's Degree Catalogue

If you think that your future is associated with the energy sector and the technologies associated with the nuclear field, take a look at these master's degree catalogues.

Floating nuclear power plants exist that could power 95% of the planet

Molten salt reactors were developed in the 1950s as an alternative to water reactors, and Seaborg Technologies, a Danish company, has updated this technology. To do this, at near atmospheric pressure, it uses a fluoride salt that is in a solid state until it reaches 500°C and then melts, allowing it to flow into the […]

Norman Foster Ramsey, Timekeeper of the Atom

In the autobiography that he wrote on the occasion of obtaining the Nobel Prize, he acknowledged that his initial interest in science was stimulated by reading an article on the quantum theory of the atom, but that at that time he did not imagine that physics could reach be a profession; a profession that he […]