China’s ‘Particle Beam Cannon’ Is a Nuclear-Power Breakthrough

This is not China's new particle accelerator, of which images do not seem to be publicly available. It is the DESY HERA particle accelerator at Hamburg, Germany. SimonWaldherr

It promises to recycle spent nuclear fuel, making it cheaper and less dangerous—and moving Beijing toward energy independence.

The prototype “particle beam cannon” recently completed by Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Modern Physics may sound like science fiction, but it is a novel new technology that promises to recycle dangerous waste produced by a nuclear reactor. A product of China’s huge investment in advanced nuclear-energy systems, the breakthrough could move the country toward energy independence and further cement its global leadership in climate-friendly technology. READ MORE.