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...

ANS Nuclear Cafe Friday Matinee – July 12

The nearness of the completion of Rosatom’s Akademik Lomonosov floating two-unit nuclear power plant is apparently raising interest in, of all places, the Philippines.  This island nation, which very nearly had a nuclear plant but which halted its operation when fully...

How HBO Got It Wrong On Chernobyl

By Dr. James Conca I just knew it! I was hoping I’d be wrong, that HBO would have the courage and integrity to do their homework and consult even one actual nuclear scientist or radiobiologist. Or even just read the United Nations Chernobyl Forum Report, the best...

Radioactive isotopes are too useful to waste

Forgive me. It’s been almost three months since I last wrote a long form blog or article about the importance of atomic energy as a useful tool for solving many of the world’s most complex and pressing problems. I’ve been stimulated to take a partial break from my...

Radioactive isotopes are too useful to waste

Forgive me. It’s been almost three months since I last wrote a long form blog or article about the importance of atomic energy as a useful tool for solving many of the world’s most complex and pressing problems. I’ve been stimulated to take a partial break from my...

Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 7

by Will Davis We are quite aware today that a major force in delaying nuclear plant licensing has been the action of “intervenors” – persons, or more often groups pretending to act as concerned individuals, who attend open meetings, file motions, and start all sorts...

VIDEO: Declaration of Clean Energy signing

An impressive 42 representatives of nuclear societies around the world were in France in May 2019 to sign the Declaration of Clean Energy. ANS Past President Donald Hoffman represented  the U.S. and the American Nuclear Society. The goal of the Declaration is to push...

VIDEO: Realizing the nuclear future

ANS Washington rep Craig Piercy asks: “What’s the role for ANS members in realizing the nuclear future?”  Why get involved in the American Nuclear Society? Why attend the meetings? Because getting involved and facing the challenges together gets our voices heard.  ANS...

The Add-Ons

by Will Davis Roughly six years ago, I wrote an article for ANS Nuclear Cafe entitled “The Hook-Ons,” which covered small nuclear plants that were added (or “hooked”) onto existing or purpose-built cooperative fossil fired plants.  That idea continues to receive...

Nuclear Plant Construction Delay and Cost 6

by Will Davis With the publication of the above WASH 1174-74, which was “The Nuclear Industry” for the year 1974 (and which was published in late Fall, 1974) a twelve year era ended.  This was the final publication of this important series, which launched in 1962 and...

Chernobyl Remembered

By Robby Kile The Accident On April 25, 1986, early in the morning, operators at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, began a test of their backup power supply during a planned outage of Unit 4.  The first step of the test was to reduce the power...

Dr. Chip Martin Wants To Save The World

By Chip Martin Saving our planet. That’s the principal reason I applied to become the 2018 ANS Glenn T. Seaborg Nuclear Science and Engineering Policy Congressional Fellow.  After I applied, interviewed and was selected, I was invited to work in the office of Rep....