Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 6

by Will Davis With the publication of the above WASH 1174-74, which was “The Nuclear Industry” for the year 1974 (and which was published in late Fall, 1974) a twelve year era ended.  This was the final publication of this important series, which launched in 1962 and...

Chernobyl Remembered

By Robby Kile The Accident On April 25, 1986, early in the morning, operators at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, began a test of their backup power supply during a planned outage of Unit 4.  The first step of the test was to reduce the power...

Dr. Chip Martin Wants To Save The World

By Chip Martin Saving our planet. That’s the principal reason I applied to become the 2018 ANS Glenn T. Seaborg Nuclear Science and Engineering Policy Congressional Fellow.  After I applied, interviewed and was selected, I was invited to work in the office of Rep....

ANS and the Value of Nuclear

by Will Davis Nuclear energy is perhaps mankind’s ultimate technical achievement. (Big Rock Point photo from Consumers Power brochure in my collection.) The upcoming American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting in June has, as its theme, “The Value of Nuclear.”  I am aware...

Friday Matinee – Double Feature!

by Will Davis This week we have two wonderful, historic but short features that focus in on Idaho National Laboratory and some of the remarkable achievements that this storied site has accomplished. First is a quite interesting but short film produced by INL to...

What if we DO need nuclear now?

by Will Davis Looking at the news every day these days, remembering of course that algorithms collate content for me quite often on various platforms, it seems that there’s some considerable momentum growing for nuclear energy here in the United States.  What’s...

Advocating for Nuclear with the NESD

By Hannah Gardiner Sometimes it feels like we’re fighting an uphill battle for nuclear energy – and perhaps we are. Indeed, because an April 2018 survey by Pew Research found that 54% of Americans oppose building new nuclear reactors despite a majority of U.S. adults...

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...