National Engineers Week is February 18-24

By Hannah Gardiner Did you know that National Engineers Week (NEW) is starting Sunday, February 18? So, it’s time to celebrate the engineering profession and help others discover engineering! NEW was first celebrated in 1951 by the National Society of Professional...

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 2

by Will Davis The Fort St. Vrain project was innovative in more than one respect, and while it did not blaze the trail in HTGR (High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor) commercialization – a feat accomplished by the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station – it did considerably...

The Fallacy of the Ninety-Seven Percent

By Ruth Weiner The history of science is replete with stories of a skeptic overturning a long-held belief: Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Rutherford, Einstein. Acceptance of the new evidence and phenomenon becomes the consensus. However, in historic instances of...

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 1

by Will Davis What became the Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Generating Station began as a study almost two decades before the plant was completed and led to years of effort to construct a commercial high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear power plant. While the effort did not...

Seeing the Light on Nuclear Energy

If you think that there is plenty of electricity, that the air is clean enough and that nuclear power is a just one among many options for meeting human needs, then you are probably over-focused on the United States or Western Europe. Even then, you’d be wrong.That’s...

Nuclear Merchant Ships: Five Fast Facts

NS Savannah, mid-1960’s. Photo taken by crew member Dan Campbell, courtesy NS Savannah Association, Inc. With the increasing concern these days about the pollutants that commercial ships traveling all over the world’s oceans put into the air, there’s a rumbling...

Students: Apply for ANS Scholarships!

By Katie Mummah Students: we know the value of a couple thousand dollars. Receiving an ANS scholarship could mean the opportunity less shifts at work and focus on classes, buying textbooks, or even just eating a bit better (and healthier) than ramen noodles every day....

FERC, Fuel, and the Future

by Will Davis By now we all know that Energy Secretary Perry’s initiative to get the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to consider longevity of fuel supply has fallen and been replaced with an order to study the situation and, hopefully, come up with some...