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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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Yucca's Out Because My Boss Says So
5 March 2009 7:02 pm
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today defended the Administration's recent announcement to drop the idea of storing high-level nuclear waste inside a Nevada mountain without offering specifics about what might replace it.
"What's wrong with Yucca Mountain?" demanded Senator John McCain (R–AZ) during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "I think we can do a better job," Chu replied, adding that "we have a couple of decades to figure this out." The Nobel laureate and former director of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory told legislators that high-level waste can be solidified and stored safely in interim storage sites for many years and suggested that someday there might be a way to "burn down" the waste and reduce its volume.
After the hearing, Chu offered reporters a simpler answer to the Yucca Mountain question. President Barack Obama decided against building the Yucca Mountain storage site, he said, "and I support the president."