Nuclear Developments on the Water

by Will Davis Several news items have come in this week which have one common theme – nuclear energy operation on the water. CHINA’S ICEBREAKER PROGRAM APPEARS TO DIVERSIFY It’s been reported that the second of China’s nuclear giants, China General Nuclear (CGN) has...

5 Fun Facts About Albert Einstein

By Rita Patel Einstein is most well-known for his theory of relativity (e=mc²), but did you know these lesser-known facts about everyone’s favorite crazy-haired physicist? Einstein didn’t wear socks. Apparently no matter how smart you are, socks inevitable will get...

Anniversary Observations

By Alan Medsker The seismic event was huge and was felt all over the world.  With a moment magnitude of over 9.0, the earthquake and was the fourth largest ever in the more than 100 years of recorded history.  Huge land masses shifted as much as 2.4 meters, and the...

Nuclear Concept Art: A Visual Journey

by Will Davis Although we may not think of art at the same time as we think of nuclear facilities, art has nevertheless played an important role in their development.  The “artist’s concept,” or an illustration (or model, or doctored photo of a model) was, and is, a...

Honoring Dr. Leona Woods – #Herstory

By Rita Patel During March’s Women’s History Month, I honor Leona Woods by telling #herstory. American Physicist Dr. Leona Woods is best known for her work on the now famous Manhattan Project and Chicago Pile-1. Born in La Grange, Illinois in August 1919, she...

Organic Cooled Reactors: Five Fast Facts!

by Will Davis Early 1960’s artist’s concept for a commercial organic cooled nuclear power plant – right near a city. This isn’t far from what actually happened as we’ll see below. Concept art published by Atomics International. The present re-examination of reactor...

BORAX, SPERT Tests; INL at 70!

by Will Davis Idaho National Laboratory is celebrating 70 years of operation in the mission of advancing knowledge in the field of nuclear technology.  Materials, methods – even basic questions about feasibility of certain concepts – have been tested and proven at...

Historic Army SM-1 Nuclear Plant in Photos

by Will Davis It was released this week that the US Army Corps of Engineers has decided to enter into the process of decontaminating and dismantling the historic SM-1 nuclear plant at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  This early military prototype plant isn’t often discussed...

President Signs Pro-Nuclear Legislation

By Dr. James Conca Two bipartisan pieces of legislation modernizing America’s nuclear future have recently become law. It’s still a long way from pushing nuclear builds the way we need to address a host of environmental issues, but it is a good start. The Nuclear...

Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 5

by Will Davis This article is the fifth in a continuing series examining the delays in nuclear plant construction and increases in nuclear plant overall (project) cost during the large round of construction in the United States.  Previous installments are linked at...

2019 – A Wish List in Nuclear Energy

by Will Davis Welcome to 2019!  I hope everyone who took a break enjoyed it. For those who didn’t, why didn’t you?  Initially, I had thoughts of trying to separate from social media and news to a significant extent during the holidays but, after conversations with...

Looking Back: A Brief History of CONTE

By Dr. Jane LeClair The accident that occurred at Three Mile Island on March 28, 1979, brought about many changes to the nuclear industry. Among the changes was the industry stopping to reflect on current procedures and the training of its employees. Exhorted by the...

EBR-1 in Photos

by Will Davis December 20, 1951 marks an important date in the history of nuclear power; it’s the date on which the first useful electric power was generated by atomic fission.  While the now-famous event at that time only powered four light bulbs, the somewhat...

Underway On Nuclear Power: A Retrospective

By Ann D. Winters I was honored to participate in a panel session on November 14, 2018, at the American Nuclear Society’s Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The title of the session was “Underway on Nuclear Power: A Retrospective,” focusing on the importance to...

Atoms on the Grid! – Shippingport, 1957

by Will Davis Shippingport Atomic Power Station as pictured in original press package; photo PR-19109 December 1957 would prove to be a month of firsts for the Shippingport Atomic Power Station; the plant had only recently been completed, and its new and novel reactor...