National Nuclear Science Week 2018 Kicks Off

This week is National Nuclear Science Week – an exciting week of learning, teaching and interacting on all things nuclear-related.  (You can read about the history of National Nuclear Science Week, or NNSW, by following this link.) Each year, this week sees a social...

Advanced Nuclear Advances and Retreats

by Will Davis This week has brought two news items – one positive and one negative – that echo a theme which runs down the history of nuclear energy like a spine.  The story goes that the original, longest-tried technology works while other, theoretically superior but...

Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 2

by Will Davis Last time, we looked at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s (AEC) findings on the drivers of nuclear plant construction delay and cost overrun up through 1969.  We’ll complete our analysis of the AEC findings on 1969 in this installment and move on to...

Over the Top! A Friday Matinee + Tech Blast

Our latest Friday Matinee video is a fascinating time-lapse produced by Georgia Power to show the entire process of installing one of the two steam generators at its Plant Vogtle expansion. These huge, one-and-a-half million pound pieces of equipment are shipped by...

Pool Reactors 3: Building a Reactor Facility

by Will Davis In this final installment of the series on pool reactors we’ll take a look at some remarkable images found in a 1956 brochure which shows some of the steps of the process in constructing the Ford Nuclear Reactor and attendant facilities at the University...

Curiosity Lands on Mars: 6 Years Later

By Peter Hill In 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) [1] successfully touched down on the Red Planet. Aptly named Curiosity, it brought with it scientific discovery instruments and exploration capabilities that only a nuclear-powered rover could realistically...

Pool Reactors 1: An Introduction

by Will Davis Yesterday, I was reading an old (1970’s) brochure published by ASEA-ATOM on district heating reactors.  While looking at that material I remembered that now, today, there is at least one effort afoot today to use a simple pool reactor for district...

A Strategic Approach

By John Kelly, ANS President Be sure to read the July Nuclear News president’s profile – John Kelly: From Motor City to the Capital City I am honored and energized to serve as the 64th pres­ident of the American Nuclear Society. I was born in March 1954 and ANS was...

Radiation and the Value of a Human Life

By James Conca The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society wrapped up last week in the great city of Cleveland and there was a palpable air of excitement that things might change. HPS represents the group of scientists most responsible for protecting us from...

A Savannah Story

by Will Davis July 21 will bring with it another anniversary of the 1959 launching (shown above) of the only US-built nuclear powered commercial ship, the NS SAVANNAH.  We’ve covered the ship fairly well here at ANS Nuclear Cafe over the years, so perhaps it’s time...