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Research and Perspective: Small Modular Reactors

June 2022

A recent study has found small modular reactors (SMRs) may actually produce more radioactive waste than larger conventional nuclear power reactors has drawn reaction from vendors and supporters of...

Siegfried Hecker: Putin has destroyed the world nuclear order. How should the democracies respond?

April 2022

One of the world’s foremost nuclear security and policy experts, Sig Hecker has spent much of an illustrious career working to enhance cooperation among US and Russian scientists and their...

Nuclear reactors in a war zone: A new type of weapon?

March 2022

As the tragedy in Ukraine unfolds before the world with each day darker than the next, Russian saber rattling with nuclear weapons is only a part of the nuclear concern.

A close call at Ukraine reactor: On luck and nuclear disasters

March 2022

As a scholar working in the field of nuclear disasters, I watched in horror as Russia tried to capture the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant—likely for strategic military purposes, or to control the...

Can reactor fuel debris be safely removed from Fukushima Daiichi?

February 2022

More than a decade after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) disaster, an international team of researchers uncovered critical new information related to the retrieval and management of...

Stanford Scholar Explores Humans’ Complicated History with Earth’s Mineral Riches in New Book

March 2021

With the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Gabrielle Hecht will research and write a new book about the mineral riches humans have turned the world inside out to unearth.

Stanford experts discuss the lessons and legacy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

March 2021

A decade after a powerful earthquake and tsunami set off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan, Stanford experts discuss revelations about radiation from the disaster, advances in...

Fukushima’s tragic legacy—radioactive soil, ongoing leaks, and unanswered questions

March 2021

CISAC Co-Director Rod Ewing tells National Geographic that, “In some cases, as we become more sophisticated, we’ve lost the ability to see what’s most obvious.”

Socio-technical multi-criteria evaluation of long-term spent nuclear fuel management strategies: A framework and method

February 2021

Currently, commercial spent fuel remains at 75 sites across the US, including 18 “orphaned sites,” where it has been left at decommissioned reactor sites. Local communities are increasingly concerned...

Newly Discovered Particles Released During the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

February 2021

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant released particles containing radioactive cesium during the 2011 nuclear disaster. New research published in Science of the Total Environment shows that some...

Three major nuclear accidents, as seen by young American and Russian professionals

August 2020

Young American and Russian professionals examined three major nuclear accidents to assess the causes, responses and consequences. They worked across cultural and disciplinary divides and arrived at a...

If Trump and Biden agree there shouldn’t be a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain, can’t we all?

August 2020

Both have announced their opposition to building an underground repository to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now it's time for everyone else to accept that Yucca...

Being Clear-Eyed About Citizen Science in the Age of COVID-19

July 2020

An anthropologist explores the network of citizen monitoring capabilities that developed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 for what they might teach all of us about such...

Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns released particulates with plutonium

July 2020

A new study reveals particles that were released from nuclear plants damaged in the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami contained small amounts of radioactive plutonium.

Nuclear waste disposal: Why the case for deep boreholes is … full of holes

March 2020

In the budding days of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump idled his days away, launching random tweets about unrelated issues.

CISAC Team Releases Satellite Imaging-Based Study of North Korean Uranium Mines

September 2019

North Korea currently has only one publicly known uranium mine—the Pyongsăn uranium mining and milling complex—that serves as a first step in the country’s pathway towards nuclear weapons.Using a...

Fukushima Cesium-Enriched Microparticle (CSMP) Update (Interview with Rod Ewing)

August 2019

An interesting paper  was recently published by a team headed by Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya of Kyushu University on the subject of Fukushima-derived cesium-enriched microparticles (CsMPs).

U.S. must start from scratch with a new nuclear waste strategy, a Stanford-led panel says

December 2018

 Rod Ewing led a three-year study recommending changes to the U.S. nuclear waste management program. (Image credit: Courtesy CISAC)The U.S.

The Friendship of Sidney Drell and Andrei Sakharov

March 2018

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Where Should America Store its Nuclear Waste?

March 2016

Plans to dispose of radioactive waste in a deep geologic repository have been stalled for the last five years, so the U.S.

Fukushima five years later: CISAC nuclear expert offers three lessons from the disaster

March 2016

On the fifth anniversary of the partial meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, CISAC's Rodney Ewing says we should rethink our language, reassess natural disaster risks and appreciate...

For Iran, A Nuclear Option More Trouble Than It Was Worth

January 2016

Why did Iran make significant concessions to U.S. and international negotiators over its nuclear program? CISAC senior fellow Sig Hecker shares his personal view.

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