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The U.S. Department of Energy is giving the University of Illinois $3.5 million to use on research and development related to nuclear power.

The Energy Department said Thursday the money is part of President Obama's strategy to develop and maintain a wide variety of energy sources.

A department news release says university researchers will use the money to test the performance of new nuclear technology for light-water reactors through computer modeling and experimentation.

The money is part of a $13 million investment the Energy Department announced Thursday for nuclear technology. The rest of the money went to the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tennessee.

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