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  • NASA Runs Successful First Tests of Compact Nuclear Reactor for Mars Base

    01/19/2018 6:27:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    gizmodo. ^ | Ryan F. Mandelbaum
    01/18/2018 NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy successfully performed their initial tests on a miniature nuclear power system, and will try a more developed test in March. Reuters reports: Months-long testing began in November at the energy department’s Nevada National Security Site, with an eye toward providing energy for future astronaut and robotic missions in space and on the surface of Mars, the moon or other solar system destinations. You may remember that human astronauts walked on the moon only a handful of times back in the 1960s and 1970s, and never for longer than three consecutive days. Longer...
  • Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection

    03/29/2017 4:52:05 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 27 replies
    rib Total Media, LLC ^ | March 29, 2017 | Reuters
    TOKYO - U.S. nuclear developer Westinghouse Electric Co plans to seek bankruptcy protection from creditors on Thursday as it struggles to limit losses that have thrown its Japanese parent Toshiba Corp into crisis, people familiar with Toshiba's thinking said. Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse, crippled by cost overruns at two U.S. power plant projects in Georgia and South Carolina, will file for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the people told Reuters on Thursday. One of the sources has direct knowledge of the decision and one has been briefed on the matter. Toshiba media representatives could not immediately be reached...
  • Clinton emailed classified information after leaving State Dept.

    08/31/2016 6:27:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 91 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 31, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    Hillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The Post has exclusively learned. On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton sent an email to a group of diplomats and top aides about the “123 Deal” with the United Arab Emirates.
  • My view: For future nuclear electric power, small is the answer

    08/19/2016 6:56:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | August 19, 2016 | Gary Sandquist
    On the horizon are U.S.-designed small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) that range from 50 megawatts to 300 megawatts electrical power output. Like renewables (wind and solar), SMRs produce no air pollution or global warming gases, but SMRs are also capable of generating base load electrical power on demand. Almost 50 companies are creating designs for SMRs using 21st-century technology and enhanced features. These designs include modularity, efficient factory construction, rapid siting and exceptional safe operation. Very important is that SMRs are less expensive and easier and faster to site and build than conventional 1,200-megawatt nuclear plants. Reliance on renewables as...
  • Sweden to cut taxes on nuclear power generation

    06/13/2016 2:08:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 June 2016
    Sweden said on Friday it would phase out some taxes on nuclear power and build new reactors to replace aging plants and secure energy supplies for decades to come. Nuclear power providers in Sweden have said they would be forced to shut the country's loss-making nuclear reactors unless a tax on nuclear capacity is abolished, risking a spike in electricity prices and energy shortages for industry. "The aim is ... to make sure we can always guarantee electricity at competitive prices, in a stable and sustainable way, both in the short and long term," Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan told reporters....
  • Nuclear Jihad: The Threats Are Inside Our Tent

    03/30/2016 5:25:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    It's not over. It's never over. After last week's deadly airport and subway bombings in Brussels, the Belgian government remains on high alert for jihad attacks and espionage at its nuclear facilities. One Belgian nuke plant security guard was murdered recently and his ID is missing. Two of the Brussels bombers reportedly spied on the home of a top senior scientist in the country's nuclear program. ISIS has been implicated in an alleged insider plot to obtain radioisotopes from one of Belgium's nuclear plants for a dirty bomb. Two former Belgian nuke plant workers left their jobs to fight for...
  • Meltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactors Get a Safety Check in Europe

    09/05/2015 11:07:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 09/05/2015 | By Richard Martin
    For years nuclear scientists have talked about a revival of molten salt reactors, which are powered by a liquid fuel rather than solid fuel rods, that will help spark the long-awaited “nuclear renaissance.” Recent developments indicate that this alternative nuclear power technology is finally making progress toward commercialization. A consortium of research institutes and universities working under the aegis of the European Commission, including the Technology University of Delft (TU Delft), in the Netherlands, France’s National Center for Scientific Research, and the Commission’s Joint Research Center, in Brussels, in August embarked on a four-year research program designed to demonstrate the...
  • Feature: The new shape of fusion

    05/24/2015 10:15:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Science ^ | May 21, 2015 | Daniel Clery
    ITER, the international fusion reactor being built in France, will stand 10 stories tall, weigh three times as much as the Eiffel Tower, and cost its seven international partners $18 billion or more. The result of decades of planning, ITER will not produce fusion energy until 2027 at the earliest. And it will be decades before an ITER-like plant pumps electricity into the grid. Surely there is a quicker and cheaper route to fusion energy. Fusion enthusiasts have a slew of schemes for achieving the starlike temperatures or crushing pressures needed to get hydrogen nuclei to come together in an...
  • The U.S. is helping China build a novel, superior nuclear reactor

    03/23/2015 7:02:23 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 27 replies
    fortune.com ^ | February 2, 2015, 2:48 PM EDT | Mark Halper
    The U.S. is helping China build a novel, superior nuclear reactor by  Mark Halper February 2, 2015, 2:48 PM EDT Share icons The Department of Energy is dusting off one of the old betamaxes of nuclear technology: The molten salt reactor. But with political will lacking at home, it will rise in China.In 1973, the Nixon administration made a momentous decision that altered the course of civilian nuclear power: It fired the director of the renowned Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scuppering development of a reactor widely regarded as safer and superior to the complicated, inferior behemoths that define the global...
  • GOP Should Revive Yucca Mountain And Nuclear Energy

    12/09/2014 2:07:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 9, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Nuclear Waste: While Keystone XL remains a focus, the long-stalled repository for spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain, Nev., deemed safe in a recent report, is also good for the environment and for our energy future. The ghosts of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima continue to haunt and hinder the nuclear energy industry. Yet a report released Oct. 16 may revive both the spent fuel repository and the nuclear energy industry with it. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report, mostly finished in 2010 but delayed by Yucca Mountain foes such as the Obama administration and soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader...
  • We're Running Out of the Nuclear Fuel That Powers Space Travel

    12/02/2014 7:57:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | December 2, 2014 | Sarah Zhang
    Rosetta's lander lasted just 60 hours on a comet after it bounced into the dark shadows of a cliff, where its solar panels couldn't power the vehicle. Why didn't it carry a more reliable power source, say a nuclear battery like one that's unfailingly fueled Voyager for decades? It's a simple question with a fascinating answer, one that begins with the Cold War and ends with the future space exploration. When it comes to space travel, plutonium-238 is the perfect fuel: long-lasting and, as I'll explain later, relatively safe. Without it, we have no hope of going much further than...
  • Lockheed Martin Claims Fusion Breakthrough That Could Change World Forever

    10/15/2014 5:42:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 15, 2014 | William Pentland
    Lockheed Martin, the aerospace and defense conglomerate based in Bethesda, Md., is claiming to have made a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion, which could lead to development of reactors small enough to fit on the back of a truck within a decade. In the simplest terms, nuclear fission breaks a single atom into two whereas nuclear fusion combines two atoms into one. Fusion, the holy grail of nuclear power, creates three to four times as much energy as fission. More importantly, fusion’s key advantage over fission is that it does not produce cancer-causing radioactive waste. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tom McGuire, who heads the...
  • How to solve global warming in 2 easy steps: It starts with a skyscraper full of vegetables

    10/05/2014 9:50:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | October 3, 2014 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Most clear-thinking people can see by now that there isn't going to be a functioning global carbon emissions abatement scheme in the foreseeable future. Whether or not that's a good thing (and I think it is) is a separate question. Because regardless, we should look at the world as it is. Now of course, excessive carbon emissions into the atmosphere remain a serious concern and a real problem. So what can we do to solve it? First, let's look at the main sources of carbon emissions. The two big ones are energy production and agriculture, which is set to explode...
  • Lungmen 1 passes pre-operational tests

    08/23/2014 11:44:10 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    world-nuclear-news ^ | 01 August 2014 | Staff
    Pre-operational tests have been successfully completed at unit 1 of the Lungmen nuclear power plant in Taiwan. Start-up of the reactor has been delayed until a national referendum, not expected for up to another three years. Construction work began on the two 1350 MWe Advanced Boiling Water Reactors at Lungmen, in 1999, with the first scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2006 and the second in 2007. NT$300 billion ($10 billion) has already been spent building the plants both of which, will now mothball.
  • Northern Lights' Physics Could Aid in Nuclear Fusion

    05/07/2014 3:25:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 06, 2014 10:25am ET | Katia Moskvitch,
    The aurora is more than just a breathtaking display of light. It may also hold the secret of a magnetic phenomenon related to the nuclear fusion powering the sun. This secret could even help create nuclear fusion in the lab, says a team of researchers. Nuclear fusion is a reaction that combines the nuclei of two atoms into one. The process powers stars, but getting a self-sustained fusion reaction going on Earth is very difficult, and has so far eluded scientists. For example, in February, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California made headlines when they managed to spur...
  • Crews preparing to enter underground nuke dump (NM)

    03/27/2014 5:17:37 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 3/27/14 | Staff
    he Department of Energy said Thursday it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating the cause and extent of a mysterious radiation leak from the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico. Officials said the inspections of the shafts that workers will use to access the half-mile-deep repository are complete and they are preparing to send an initial crew of eight into the mine early next week. The dump has been shuttered since mid-February, when radiation was released above ground and into the air around Carlsbad, contaminating at least 17 workers with low doses of radiation. Four...
  • UVU develops innovative nuclear technology (Thorium LFTR)

    03/21/2014 2:54:13 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 74 replies
    uvureview ^ | February 4th, 2014 | KresLynn Knous
    UVU develops innovative nuclear technology 10 comments, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, by KresLynn Knouse, in News UVU’s office of Technology Commercialization is currently in the process of developing a unique model of a nuclear reactor known as the molten salt reactor, or MSR. MSRs have the ability to recycle the 270,000 metric tons of toxic waste generated from traditional light water reactors into a substantial power supply.MSR development has received increased attention from countries such as China, India, Australia, and Japan due to the efficiency, safety and ‘eco-friendly’ features of the system.MSR design innovators have boasted the potential to boost...
  • Chinese going for broke on thorium nuclear power, and good luck to them

    03/19/2014 4:28:24 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 180 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-19-14 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The nuclear race is on. China is upping the ante dramatically on thorium nuclear energy. Scientists in Shanghai have been told to accelerate plans (sorry for the pun) to build the first fully-functioning thorium reactor within ten years, instead of 25 years as originally planned. “This is definitely a race. China faces fierce competition from overseas and to get there first will not be an easy task”,” says Professor Li Zhong, a leader of the programme. He said researchers are working under “warlike” pressure to deliver. Good for them. They may do the world a big favour. They may even...
  • Thorium, a Safer Nuclear Alternative?

    03/18/2014 6:15:44 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 14 replies
    french-news-online ^ | April 3, 2011
    Thorium, a Safer Nuclear Alternative? Added by admin on April 3, 2011.Saved under TourismTags: Areva, Brave New Climate Blog, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Fukushima, George Monbiot, Grenoble, Jean-Marie Loiseaux, Joe Bonometti, Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie de Grenoble, LFTR- Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor, Lightbridge, molten-salt nuclear reactor, Oak Ridge National Lab, Professor Barry Brook, Roger Brisso, Thorium, Thorium Energy Alliance, US Atomic Energy Commission, Wired As France, dependent on 58 reactors for 75-80% of its energy, firmly reasserts its faith in nuclear in the wake of Fukushima, China is headed towards a clean...
  • Chinese scientists urged to develop new thorium nuclear reactors by 2024

    03/18/2014 6:07:20 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 14 replies
    scmp ^ | Tuesday, 18 March, 2014, 11:42pm | Stephen Chen
    Chinese scientists urged to develop new thorium nuclear reactors by 2024 PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 March, 2014, 11:42pm UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, 4:54am Stephen Chen \   Beijing wants to cut its reliance on coal-fired power. Photo: AP The deadline to develop a new design of nuclear power plant has been brought forward by 15 years as the central government tries to reduce the nation's reliance on smog-producing coal-fired power stations.A team of scientists in Shanghai had originally been given 25 years to try to develop the world's first nuclear plant using the radioactive element thorium as...