The First Nuclear Textbook?

by Will Davis Yesterday, we had one of the nicer yet stranger events during this wholly strange time – that is, the meeting of the American Nuclear Society’s Book Publishing Committee, of which yours truly is the Vice Chair.  I say “nicer” because I always look...

Closer Than We Think

by Will Davis I’m writing this on National Maritime Day 2020, a day in which we think of and thank all those who have worked on the water moving people and things.  Our nation’s maritime history isn’t as long as that of some other nations but it has been rich and,...

The Day Tomorrow Began

by Will Davis Our matinee feature this week is a film produced by Argonne National Laboratory, entitled “Chicago Pile 1: The Day Tomorrow Began.”  This is the film history, from the official source, of the effort to design, construct and operate what became the first...

Thoughts on THRESHER

by Will Davis USS THRESHER; official United States Navy photo, from collection of Naval Historical Center via navsource.org As is the case on every 10APR, I find myself – even in the midst of the present national and, really, worldwide crisis – returning to thoughts...

Army Off-Road Nuclear Train – 1958

by Will Davis At the end of the 1950’s the US Army was looking at its entire operational sphere to determine in what areas nuclear energy could be of benefit.  While many of these are fairly well known today – for example, the small nuclear plants that were to have...

Fostering diversity and inclusion in ANS

(Reprinted with permission from ANS News, January/February 2020, p. 2) ANS President Marilyn Kray is one of more than 40 men and women who have joined Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP), a group that is uniting leaders of nuclear policy organizations who have...

Good… and Bad/Worse

by Will Davis Friends and colleagues – Usually I write about “the old days” of nuclear in this space but something came up in current events that really sticks in my craw, and I have to shine the spotlight on it here.  So please indulge me and read along.  (We’ll get...

The Strangest Things

by Will Davis Over the years that I’ve been writing for ANS, I’ve managed largely through that association to come into possession of a number of fairly odd things.  I mean, all of us have things that the “normal person” (and by that I mean non-nuclear) would find...

SMR progress takes off for five developers

By Dan Yurman Fall 2019 was a banner period for five developers of small modular reactors. Here is a roundup of their announcements as well as some information about their plans for the future. OKLO Announces 1.5 MWe Mini-Reactor After working under wraps for several...

SMR’s, Ships, and History

by Will Davis As we start 2020 I find myself thinking about the slew of articles and posts that I’m seeing about SMR’s – that is to say, Small Modular Reactors.  Many are written by knowledgeable people, many not so much – but in some places I’ve started to see some...

Five Fast Historic Nuclear Surprises

by Will Davis In deference to the holiday season, I’ve decided to run something lighter than usual – an almost-listicle describing five historic nuclear facts that might surprise people in the field young and old! 1.  The first US sale of energy generated by nuclear...

Swiss Nuclear Brexit

After the 2011 Fukushima incident shook the confidence of the people of Europe. It shook their confidence in the technology. Switzerland actually voted to phase out their nuclear power. ANS member & GA Section chair Juan Villarreal gives a Power Talk on the “Swiss...

More Nuclear for Mexico?

by Will Davis Mexico’s Laguna Verde nuclear plant sits at a beautiful location in Veracruz. This plant has operated successfully for three decades. Photo courtesy Morrison-Knudsen / United Engineers & Constructors. Nuclear power never really did take off in...