Russia bets its energy future on waste-free fast breeder nuclear reactors

Russia bets its energy future on waste-free fast breeder nuclear reactors

Russian engineers began a fission reaction at the BN-800 fast breeder nuclear reactor in the Urals last week, marking the beginning of what the government hopes will be a new era of nuclear power for the country. It’s one of several such reactors operating in Russia, but represents a renewed push into nuclear energy — […]

Crude oil redux: Rare earth elements, and their strategic stranglehold on modern life

Crude oil redux: Rare earth elements, and their strategic stranglehold on modern life

Oil is on its way out. Like so many age-old, repeatedly incorrect narratives, this statement is finally starting to come true. Electric cars and the general lithium-ionification of the world are poised to cut out a huge portion of the gas market, while chemical and materials science are attacking the need for large amounts of […]