New Report Says Federal Agents Who Transport Nukes Have Anger Issues

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." » 12/01/14 12:20pm 12/01/14 12:20pm

Heat Map Shows Where We Can Build Geothermal Plants in the U.S.

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. » 10/28/14 2:30pm 10/28/14 2:30pm

Photos of daily life in the US government's secret atomic city

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. » 4/15/12 12:30pm 4/15/12 12:30pm

How I learned to stop worrying and love the radioactive spiderwebs

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. » 12/27/11 11:23am 12/27/11 11:23am

Mysterious "white web" found growing on nuclear waste

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. » 12/16/11 2:50pm 12/16/11 2:50pm

Yesterday's supercommittee failure does not bode well for the future of…

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. » 11/22/11 11:56am 11/22/11 11:56am