The Mother of Radiation: Marie Curie

By Kaitlyn Butler The start of Marie Curie’s story isn’t like most of the other scientists that  had made a name for themselves throughout history, mostly because she was a grown woman by the start of the 20th century. But she was the first woman to do a lot of...

Nuclear Medicine Radiates Hope For Patients

By Emma Meyers As a fourth year nursing student working in Chicago area hospitals, I deal with nuclear medicine quite often. The term “nuclear medicine” can sound disconcerting, but when you are familiar with it, I assure you, it’s not. Just think of it as a bunch of...

Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 3

Reactor vessel delivered to Calvert Cliffs; from brochure in Will Davis collection. by Will Davis The year 1971 saw a continuation of the general trend of rising capital costs for all types of power plants, described by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in its...

Friday Matinee: Building Yankee Rowe

This week’s matinee is a half hour long feature presentation entitled “Pioneering with Power,” and is the story of the construction of one of America’s earliest commercial nuclear power stations.  Remarkable views, unobtainable virtually anywhere else, are given of...

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...