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physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste

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physicists propose a new method for monitoring nuclear waste

prototype antineutrino detector for monitoring nuclear waste repository sites. credit: virginia tech, center for neutrino physicsnew scientific findings suggest neutrino detectors may play an important role in ensuring better monitoring and safer storage of radioactive material in nuclear waste repository sites. researchers at johannes gutenberg university mainz (jgu) in germany have made calculations to ascertain the neutrino radiation that spent nuclear fuel emits. their figures show that neutrino detectors could be useful in certain scenarios. neutrinos undergo almost no interaction with matter, and so they can penetrate practically unhindered through the earth and any man-made shield. "every second, about 100 billion neutrinos per squ...