Ray Henry – The Salt Lake Tribune
The explosions that rocked a crippled Japanese nuclear plant in 2011 show what happens when nuclear fuel fails during severe accidents.
Now researchers are trying to develop tougher types of fuel that might reduce the damage during extreme events like the one at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. While scientists have been experimenting with these ideas for years, the U.S. Department of Energy increased research funding after the crisis in Japan.
Their goal is to create nuclear fuel that gives plant workers more time before an accident spirals into a more-serious meltdown.
Here are five things to know about the effort: (…)