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DOE to Review Nuclear Grant

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Science  23 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5427, pp. 505-506
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5427.505a

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials this week announced that a special review panel will take a fresh look at the science underpinning a $100,000 award that is intended to test a new method of transforming radioactive waste into harmless byproducts--a project which critics complain is based on the questionable principles of "cold fusion." The restudy represents a potentially embarrassing stumble for the department's new $19 million Nuclear Energy Research Initiative, which DOE officials pledged would use top-notch external reviewers to pick the best projects.