Is nuclear energy on its way out? The American company NuScale is developing small, modular reactors (SMRs). Multiple units can form a larger reactor that produces energy safely and economically. As solar and wind energy become more important, there is a pressing need for weather-independent energy generation. This article, by Science magazine staff writer Adrian Cho, conveys the excitement and hurdles in developing a new incarnation of a moribund technology. It pays scant attention, though, to the problem of how to dispose of spent nuclear fuel.
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Adrian Cho has been a staff writer at Science since 2005. He covers physics, cosmology and science policy. He has a PhD in experimental particle physics from Cornell University.
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