department of energy

Infrastructure Hacking

A ‘Cyber Event’ Disrupted the Power Grid in California and Wyoming, But Don’t Panic Just Yet

The Department of Energy says a “cyber event” disrupted operations in California, Wyoming, and Utah last month. But it’s unclear if hackers were behind it.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.30.19
plutonium

Trump Admin Secretly Shipped Plutonium to Nevada and State Officials Are 'Outraged'

“They lied to the State of Nevada, misled a federal court, and jeopardized the safety of Nevada’s families and environment,” Governor Sisolak said.
Becky Ferreira
1.31.19
mascots

Don't Fear the Green Reaper, the Department of Energy's Creepy Recycling Mascot

The unsettling costume was dreamt up by an employee at the agency that oversees America's nuclear stockpile.
Matthew Gault
1.29.19
Space

Scientists Are Automating Plutonium Production So NASA Can Explore Deep Space

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have eliminated a major bottleneck in the production of plutonium-238 for deep space exploration through automation.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.9.19
lost and found

Two Government Employees Had Weapons-Grade Plutonium Stolen From Their Rental Car

Dude, where’s my weapons-grade fissile material?
Daniel Oberhaus
7.16.18
Whoops!

Idaho State University Lost Enough Weapons-Grade Plutonium to Make a Dirty Bomb

Tfw you misplace your weapons grade plutonium.
Daniel Oberhaus
5.4.18
3D PRINTING

The Department of Energy Figured Out How to 3D Print Structures Made of Water

The structures can be printed up to several meters long and consist of liquid water inside an oil casing.
Daniel Oberhaus
3.27.18
nanobionics

Researchers Are Working on Plants That Could Glow Bright Enough to Replace Lamps

Firefly-like leaves are a big step forward in the field of plant nanobionics.
Samantha Cole
12.13.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Rick Perry Apparently Thinks Fossil Fuels Are a Good Way to Stop Sexual Assault

"When the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts."
Drew Schwartz
11.2.17
stockpiles

Experts: America Doesn't Need All These Nukes

Nuclear deterrence can be way less pricey, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
David Axe
11.2.17
Outer Limits

Reclaimed Land

Inside Colorado's Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, a former Superfund site that embodies the painful past and uncertain future of nuclear cleanup in America.
Lauren Steele
10.28.17
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Rick Perry Got Duped by a Russian Prank Call About Pig Poop

In the 22-minute phone call, he said he looked forward to an "in-depth briefing" on a fantastic new fuel made from booze and pig manure.
River Donaghey
7.26.17
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