Nuclear Fusion-Fission Hybrid Could Destroy Waste

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Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have designed a new system that, when fully developed, would use fusion to eliminate most of the transuranic waste produced by nuclear power plants, according to a Jan. 27 press release.

The invention could help combat global warming by making nuclear power cleaner and thus a more viable replacement of carbon-heavy energy sources, such as coal.

The idea behind the compact Fusion-Fission Hybrid is that fusion can be used to burn nuclear waste, producing energy, and getting rid of much of the long-lived waste generated by nuclear reactors.


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