Did you know that when you take a dip in the ocean, you are in fact swimming in uranium? Actually, the water only contains traces of the element, but with a super sponge, it could gather enough uranium to make harvesting it for power generation a real possibility, said researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The research, presented this week at an American Chemical Society meeting in Pennsylvania, illustrated a process that could more than double the amount of uranium taken when compared with an approach that was previously developed in Japan. Japan has been keen on mining uranium and has researched different ways of harvesting uranium from the sea since the 1960s. The country relied on nuclear power for nearly 30 percent of its electricity supply before the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant last year.

Nuclear power is way cleaner than electricity made from coal or…

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