nuclear energy

The U.S. Department of Energy is trying to find better ways to dispose of nuclear waste, and they’re enlisting Ohio State University to help. The D.O.E. this week said it will give OSU $10 million to create one of four new sites to research ways to improve storage and disposal. Some methods include changing the waste itself.

Nuclear power often conjures nightmarish images of Hiroshima, but it fuels everything from microwaves to medicine, and this paradoxical energy source defined the 20th century. In some ways, it seems like the answer to traditional power sources like coal and oil, which have been maligned for hurting the environment and for being limited resources. However, the technology has inherent problems of its own including a poor public reputation with people who associate nuclear power with meltdowns and military posturing.