National Engineers Week is February 18-24

By Hannah Gardiner Did you know that National Engineers Week (NEW) is starting Sunday, February 18? So, it’s time to celebrate the engineering profession and help others discover engineering! NEW was first celebrated in 1951 by the National Society of Professional...

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 2

by Will Davis The Fort St. Vrain project was innovative in more than one respect, and while it did not blaze the trail in HTGR (High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor) commercialization – a feat accomplished by the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station – it did considerably...

The Fallacy of the Ninety-Seven Percent

By Ruth Weiner The history of science is replete with stories of a skeptic overturning a long-held belief: Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Rutherford, Einstein. Acceptance of the new evidence and phenomenon becomes the consensus. However, in historic instances of...

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 1

by Will Davis What became the Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Generating Station began as a study almost two decades before the plant was completed and led to years of effort to construct a commercial high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear power plant. While the effort did not...

Nuclear Merchant Ships: Five Fast Facts

NS Savannah, mid-1960’s. Photo taken by crew member Dan Campbell, courtesy NS Savannah Association, Inc. With the increasing concern these days about the pollutants that commercial ships traveling all over the world’s oceans put into the air, there’s a rumbling...

Students: Apply for ANS Scholarships!

By Katie Mummah Students: we know the value of a couple thousand dollars. Receiving an ANS scholarship could mean the opportunity less shifts at work and focus on classes, buying textbooks, or even just eating a bit better (and healthier) than ramen noodles every day....

FERC, Fuel, and the Future

by Will Davis By now we all know that Energy Secretary Perry’s initiative to get the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider longevity of fuel supply has fallen and been replaced with an order to study the situation and, hopefully, come up with some...

Vogtle Expansion Will Continue

by Will Davis Breaking:  In a unanimous vote, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has APPROVED a multi part motion by Commissioner Tim Echols which allows the Vogtle 3 and 4 project to move forward, but which reduces burden on ratepayers and places more on...

A Busy Couple of Weeks in December

There have been a number of significant and/or interesting developments in the nuclear energy field recently, with large light-water reactor business taking the fore.  Here are some highlights: •Nuclear in Bangladesh.  Rooppur NPP, which is to consist eventually of...

A Poll to Revisit LWR’s and a Plan

by Will Davis A short while back in early November, I decided to conduct a poll on Twitter – that oft-maligned, mostly misunderstood, microblogging site on which instantaneous outreach is seriously tempered by a roughly 19-minute-post-visibility lifetime. Even with...

The Inconvenience of Supporting Nuclear

By Priyarshini Ghosh Loyalty is inconvenient. As a kid, I would look to my parents for career advice. “Whatever challenges you, whatever you make time to tinker around with,” my father would quip. “…and you must always be loyal to it and fight for it.” My mother would...

Friday Matinee: 3Q 2017 Vogtle Update

When you hear the friendly voice of Joe Washington, you know that it’s time for another in the excellent series of “Vogtle Timeline” videos presented by Georgia Power.  This most recent update covers some important ground – namely, the change in construction...

Seawolf Tries Sodium

by Will Davis The story of America’s first successful marine nuclear power plant as used on the submarine USS Nautilus is well known.  What is less known today is the real story behind the competing, and in the end losing, design – an “advanced” design using sodium...

Let’s Not Discount Nuclear Power

By Professor Arthur Motta What is an ideal energy source for electricity production? Students in my class say the ideal source must be plentiful, sustainable, inexpensive, reliable, safe, and produced right here in the United States thereby providing jobs. While no...