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Nuclear engineering
Of all branches of engineering, nuclear is most mired in politics.  It had a hard time during the past decades.  Yet, the 2001 US National Energy Policy recommended “the expansion of nuclear energy in the United States as a major component of our national energy policy.” (  Is its darkest day over? 


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The future

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The Bridge, 31(3) (Fall, 2001), special issue on “The future of nuclear energy.”