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A tortoise approach for US nuclear research and development

In Aesop’s fable, a swift hare races with a deliberate tortoise. In the end, the tortoise wins by taking a slow and steady approach. We argue that, given the economic constraints on US deployment of nuclear power, a ‘tortoise strategy’ is more prudent for US government nuclear R&D efforts.

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Ford, M.J., Schrag, D.P. A tortoise approach for US nuclear research and development. Nat Energy 3, 810–812 (2018).

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