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...

ML-1 Mobile Power System: Reactor in a Box

This is a modest update of an article first published in November 1996. DOD’s recent issuance of an RFI for mobile, modest power output atomic power systems shows that the challenges that were clearly described in 1963 have not been addressed – yet. Now is a good time...

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...