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Robert Bryce

Will Obama Go Nuclear?

A slew of new companies are looking to develop next-generation nuclear power technology. They need federal government help to succeed.
Ready or not to make a strong commitment to nuclear energy.

Ready or not to make a strong commitment to nuclear energy.

Photographer: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Nuclear energy is suddenly fashionable -- as new companies are looking to supplant the world's large, uranium-fueled nuclear reactors with kinds that use different fuels and coolants or perhaps even replace fission with fusion.

Two weeks ago, Martingale Inc. unveiled its plans for a molten-salt reactor. Last summer, LPP Fusion raised $180,000 on IndieGoGo to finance some of its research. And these two companies are competing with half a dozen other innovators -- some with deep-pocketed backers.