Managers at the Hanford Site in Washington State told workers to “take cover” Tuesday morning after a tunnel leading to a massive plutonium finishing plant collapsed. The emergency is especially worrisome, since Hanford is commonly known as “the most toxic place in America,” with one former governor calling it “an…
Bomb threats have been a part of American life since at least the 19th century. But in the 1970s the types of threats shifted dramatically. The people making bomb threats in the US started to claim their bombs had nuclear materials. By 1975, the US started a new task force to deal with the threats, and we at Gizmodo…
After weeks of silence and uncertainty, the agency responsible for ensuring the safety of our nuclear arsenal finally has an answer to the question of who exactly is in charge under President Trump. Last night, just hours before Trump was to be sworn in, his transition team finally asked Under Secretary for Nuclear…
Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry, a man who became 12 percent smarter when he started wearing glasses, is testifying on Capitol Hill today. He’s been nominated by president-elect Trump to be the secretary of energy, and Perry is currently sailing through the confirmation process while cracking jokes.
A United States senator on the Armed Services Committee is calling on the Trump transition team not to let the National Nuclear Security Administration, which manages the safety of the nation’s nuclear arsenal, go leaderless after this Friday.
Last week, the transition team of the President-elect sent a survey to the Department of Energy asking for a list of staff members who have worked on climate change policies. On Monday, the department told Trump, in essence, to fuck off. Trump is now backing down.
President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Texas governor and climate change denialist Rick Perry to lead the US Department of Energy—the same department Perry said he’d dismantle in his now-infamous “oops moment.”
While seeking the 2012 Republican nomination, Governor Rick Perry famously proposed abolishing the Department of Energy before forgetting what it was called on live TV, naming it as “Oops” during the GOP debates. As luck would have it, however, Perry will be nominated as Secretary of Oops under President Donald Trump, …
Donald Trump’s transition team has asked the Energy Department for a list of names of all agency employees and contractors who worked on the Obama administration’s climate change policy. A 74-point questionnaire, first reported on by Bloomberg and obtained by Politico, is being circulated by the DOE.
Netflix’s runaway hit Stranger Things did a lot of things right, and chief among them: antagonizing the US Department of Energy.
The Department of Energy plays a dark role in Netflix’s new series, Stranger Things, but the real DoE wants you to know it’s nothing like its sinister fictional counterpoint. If we’ve learned anything from the show, though, it’s to be wary. Which is why we fact-checked the DoE’s Stranger Things fact-check for you.
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.