The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Nuclear research reactors are used in many countries for research and training, materials testing, or the production of radioisotopes for medicine and industry. Other countries demand new reactors for these needs. Most of these reactors operate with highly enriched uranium nuclear fuel, which entails considerable security and safety risks.
Do we have alternatives? A new technology of accelerators may become a substitute for nuclear research reactors. This presentation will review the alternatives and benefits of adopting the technology of accelerators in order to reduce dependence on enriched uranium.
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