An overview of current nuclear R&D

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Paul Howarth discusses the current challenges and opportunities in nuclear research and development.

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Fig. 1: Timeline of nuclear fission reactor technology.

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Howarth, P. An overview of current nuclear R&D. Nat Rev Phys 1, 174–176 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42254-019-0034-6

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