This year, we saw top-secret photos of the birth of the atom bomb finally declassified. The photos of how the US government used that technology after World War II are just as interesting.
The U.S. nuclear weapons program has been plagued by failings such as misplaced weapons, drug abuse and a cheating scandal. And now, the Energy Department's Office of the Inspector General tells us, some federal employees who transport these weapons have engaged in "unsuitable behavior" such as "uncontrolled anger."
Geothermal power, where energy is generated by drawing heat from the fluid found beneath the Earth's surface, is quickly becoming an appealing option. A new mapping tool from the U.S. Department of Energy shows the country's vast geothermal heat potential.
Reuters reports that the US Department of Energy was hacked last month and a trove of employee information was lost to the cyber intruders. The hack was revealed in a letter obtained by Reuters, which was sent to employees on Friday. The DOE claims no confidential information was lost in the attack.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy has big plans. They want batteries that are five times more powerful than what we've got today, and they want them to be five times cheaper. All that in just five years. It's a tall order, but they've got a plan: recreate the Manhattan Project.
In 1942, the US government acquired the town of Oak Ridge in eastern Tennessee. From then on, Oak Ridge was just like any other town — except for the fences, the guards, and the top-secret uranium separating facility.
Ever since Fukushima, nuclear power has not been a warmly-received concept when it comes to energy solutions. But still, small modular reactors have remained one iteration of nuclear power that people are optimistic about due to their relative safety and manageability. That's why the US Department of Energy has…
You are looking at the map of the routes followed by the nuclear trucks—plain-looking, high-tech trailers that travel America's busiest highways carrying nuclear bombs, material for atomic weapons, radioactive metals and nuclear fuel for the US Navy.
Earlier this month, we told you about a mysterious, potentially biological white web that was found growing on nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site.
This is as fascinating as it is unsettling. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site — a nuclear reservation in South Carolina — have identified a strange, cob-web like "growth" (their word, not ours) on the racks of the facility's spent nuclear fuel assemblies.
The congressional supercommittee responsible for trimming 1.5 trillion dollars from the US federal budget has failed to deliver, triggering a decade-long, 1.2-trillion-dollar budget-slash set to begin in 2013.
What better way to celebrate this sacred American holiday than by watching the an old coal plant get the shit blown out of it? This complex helped create the nuclear bomb that leveled Nagasaki. Now, it's debris. Karma?
The Chevy Volt is coming soon, but for the electric car to be a success its owners will need convenient power access. Which is why 4,400 lucky Volt owners will get free charging stations, installation (sometimes) included.
These 380-micrometer gears are being turned by hundreds of common bacteria swimming in a liquid solution. Scientists think this discovery could signpost a path to the development of "smart materials" that close the gap between man-made and organic matter.
Roads do two things well: Carry cars, and soak up sun. What if, instead of just getting really hot, roads could generate electricity with that sunlight? That's exactly what Solar Roadways—and now, the Department of Energy—has in mind.