Atoms in the Ice

by Will Davis December 5 marks the anniversary of the launch of the first nuclear powered icebreaker, the Lenin, in what at that time was the Soviet Union.  The job that icebreakers perform is among the very most demanding that any type of seagoing vessel endures due...

Einstein, E=mc², and your Starbucks coffee

By Sebastian Ritter On November 21, 1905, exactly 114 year ago, Albert Einstein first published the well-known equation E=mc². You might think of nuclear power when seeing E=mc², but here’s something to think about. What does E=mc² really mean and how does it relate...

Live! From ANS Winter Meeting 2019

The ANS Winter Meeting has been awesome. Everyone is talking about this fantastic meeting and the excellent session offerings! Were you unable to attend the ANS Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C? If so, we have the video from the Monday morning Opening Plenary to...

Does TEPCO Have a Nuclear Future?

by Will Davis The ultimate survival of TEPCO as a long term profitable business continues to be in question as the company struggles with the ongoing decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.  In recent times the company has also stated that it will dismantle...

Hallam Nuclear Station on 1960’s TV!

by Will Davis This week’s enhanced Friday Matinee feature is a fascinating, albeit short, compilation of television clips that were made at Sheldon Station in Nebraska.  This pioneering power station included a very modern coal fired facility and the Hallam Nuclear...

ALCO’s 1950’s Nuclear Gamble

In April 1957, when the new, small nuclear plant at the Army’s Fort Belvoir, Virginia site first started up, it seemed as if the plant’s vendor, ALCO Products, had carried off something of a coup.  Winning this important early contract had come about three years...

Ex-TEPCO execs found not guilty

by Will Davis In a move that has relieved some observers but angered others, a Tokyo District court has found three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) not guilty on the charges of not having prepared the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant against the...

Be the change you want to see in the world

By Dr. Matthew Jasica and Alyse Huffman What does it mean to be a leader? That question is at the heart of the Young Professionals Congress 2019 (YPC19). YPC19 is a one-day event, organized by the ANS Young Members Group (YMG) and the North American Young Generation...

Time for a fresh look at low-dose radiation

By Craig Piercy, ANS Washington Representative “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” We will never know whether Thomas Aquinas actually pondered this specific question during the Middle Ages, but today the metaphor has shed its religious overtones to be a...

Imagination is the Key to Everything!

By Dr. Catherine Riddle Remember when you were a child on a long road trip to grandma’s house before cars were equipped with televisions? My dad would tell us to imagine that we were watching an episode of Star Trek, and my sister and I would run through every nuance...