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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...
  • South Texas Project Reactors Power Through Hurricane Harvey

    08/30/2017 7:27:34 AM PDT · by 103198 · 5 replies
    Nuclear Street ^ | August 30, 2017 | Nuclear Street
    It is safe to say that solar panel installations in the path of Hurricane Harvey are finding it impossible or nearly so to generate electricity this week in south Texas. It is also safe to say that wind turbines in the area are not faring so well, either. According to the online news source North American Wind Power, one large installation in the path of the storm sent all 39 workers home as the hurricane closed in, but operated remotely until the wind hit 55 mph. It was then shut down. Others were challenged by the “intermittency of wind” said...
  • 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...
  • First global antineutrino emission map highlights Earth's energy budget

    09/01/2015 12:56:32 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 9/1/15
    The first-ever global map of antineutrino flux, which accounts for natural and human-made sources of antineutrinos, with the latter making up less than 1 percent of the total flux. Credit: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency/AGM2015 The neutrino and its antimatter cousin, the antineutrino, are the tiniest subatomic particles known to science. These particles are byproducts of nuclear reactions within stars (including our sun), supernovae, black holes and human-made nuclear reactors. They also result from radioactive decay processes deep within the Earth, where radioactive heat and the heat left over from the planet's formation fuels plate tectonics, volcanoes and Earth's magnetic field....
  • Rohrabacher Declares San Onofre Safe, Calls For Moratorium On New [light-water]Reactors

    05/04/2012 10:29:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    CBS) ^ | May 4, 2012 8:13 AM | Mike Landa
    SAN CLEMENTE (CBS) — An extended shutdown at the San Onofre nuclear power generating plant has prompted calls from one Orange County lawmaker to replace the aging reactor with newer technology. KNX 1070′s Mike Landa reports the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been out of commission since January due to safety concerns surrounding its two reactors Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) declared the plant safe after touring the facility on Thursday, but said the closure highlights the fact that the plant just south of San Clemente is outdated. “I am calling today for a moratorium on any more light-water...
  • IAEA: Iran Failed to Clarify Nuclear Activities

    01/19/2012 4:57:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    Yukiya Amano says Iran has failed to clarify its atomic development activities to the satisfaction of the United Nations nuclear watchdog body -- and now it's his job to warn the world about its possible military intentions. Amano, chief of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, said Thursday in an interview with the German-language Financial Times Deutschland an IAEA delegation will press Iran for "full cooperation" in meetings with officials in Tehran. "What we know suggests the development of nuclear weapons," FTD quoted the IAEA chief as saying "We want to check over everything that could have a military...
  • Ugly divide at NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) pits Jaczko vs. fellow commissioners (OMG bad)

    12/09/2011 8:10:53 PM PST · by Danae · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 12-9-2011 | Darren Goode
    A war among the five commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission broke into the open Friday night when Republican Rep. Darrell Issa released a letter in which four of the commissioners said they have “grave concerns” about NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko. In the letter — which was sent to the White House in October but not made public until Friday night — the four NRC members say Jaczko, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is a bully who is “causing serious damage” to the commission with “increasingly problematic and erratic" behavior. The letter from Democratic Commissioners William...
  • Belgium to switch off nuclear, operator sees blackout ahead

    11/06/2011 8:45:20 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct 31, 2011 | Christian Spillmann
    As Belgium becomes the latest European nation to agree to switch off nuclear power, operator Electrabel warned Monday of high costs, environmental fallout and increased dependency on foreign suppliers. ... A front-page cartoon in the Flemish daily De Standaard on Monday showed four pairs of eyes in the dark with one of the blacked out faces saying, "I think Electrabel is trying to make a message heard." ... Italy and Switzerland meanwhile have put nuclear power plans on ice, while Germany switched off several reactors in the wake of the Japanese disaster and has since passed legislation to phase out...
  • 3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms

    06/06/2011 12:08:26 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 21 replies
    CNN via Drudge ^ | 6/6/2011 | the CNN Wire Staff
    Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday. The nuclear group's new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The announcement will not change plans for how to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the agency said. Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said.
  • Japan: Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services...(Mar 29,2011)

    03/29/2011 8:12:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    TEPCO ^ | 03/29/11
    Press Release (Mar 29,2011)Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services after the Tohoku-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (as of 4:00PM) Due to the Tohoku-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake which occurred on March 11th 2011, TEPCO's facilities including our nuclear power stations have been severely damaged. We deeply apologize for the anxiety and inconvenience caused. Below is the status of TEPCO's major facilities. *new items are underlined[Nuclear Power Station] Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Units 1 to 3: shutdown due to the earthquake (Units 4 to 6: outage due to regular inspections) *The national government has instructed the public to evacuate for those local residents within...
  • Fukushima Nuclear Plant To Be Decommissioned: Govt

    03/20/2011 7:13:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 55 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 03/20/11
    Sunday, March 20, 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Plant To Be Decommissioned: Govt TOKYO (Kyodo)--The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is in no condition to restart and is most likely to be decommissioned as it has caused many critical problems since a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11, the top government spokesman suggested Sunday. ''Looking at the situation objectively, (the answer to the question of) whether it can be operated again is clear,'' Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at a news conference, when asked whether the government plans to close the plant once its overheating reactors are...
  • March 18-Fukushima Reactors Live Thread

    03/18/2011 4:47:13 AM PDT · by hc87 · 56 replies
    Please post links and comments on Fukushima reactors here.
  • Live Thread for March 17, 2011- Fukushima Reactors

    03/17/2011 8:31:07 AM PDT · by hc87 · 8 replies
    Please post current Fukushima reactors news and links here.
  • The Future of Nukes, and of Japan

    03/16/2011 2:38:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 15, 2011 | HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR
    You can't beat for drama the struggle of Japanese operators to manage the emergency cool-down of nuclear reactors in the tsunami zone. For the things that matter most, though—life and safety—the nuclear battle has been a sideshow. Hundreds were feared dead when entire trains went missing. Whole villages were wiped out with the loss of thousands of inhabitants. So far one worker at one nuclear plant is known to have died in a hydrogen explosion and several others have exhibited symptoms of radiation poisoning. As for environmental degradation, video testifies to the brown murk that the tsunami waters became when...
  • US says Japan asked for equipment to cool reactors

    03/14/2011 4:15:51 PM PDT · by americanophile · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    Japan has asked the United States for additional equipment to help provide water and other resources to keep quake-damaged nuclear reactors cool, the head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Monday.
  • Fukushima: Reactors and the Public

    03/14/2011 9:09:46 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 3/14/11 | Paul Gilster
    Fukushima: Reactors and the Public All weekend long, as the dreadful news and heart-wrenching images from Japan kept coming in, I wondered how press coverage of the nuclear reactor situation would be handled. The temptation seemed irresistible to play the story for drama and maximum fear, citing catastrophic meltdowns, invoking Chernobyl and even Hiroshima, along with dire predictions about the future of nuclear power. My first thought was that the Japanese reactors were going to have the opposite effect than many in the media suppose. By showing that nuclear plants can survive so massive an event, theyÂ’ll demonstrate that...
  • Nuclear energy hot topic once again

    07/01/2007 7:58:38 PM PDT · by posterchild · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Associated Press via news.yahoo.com ^ | July 1, 2007 | Jay Lindsay
    BOSTON - Thanks to global warming, nuclear energy is hot again. Its promise of abundant, carbon emissions-free power is being pushed by the president and newly considered by environmentalists. But any expansion won't come cheap or easy. The enormous obstacles facing nuclear power are the same as they were in 1996, when the nation's last new nuclear plant opened near the Watts Bar reservoir in Tennessee after 22 years of construction and $7 billion in costs. Waste disposal, safe operation and security remain major concerns, but economics may be the biggest deterrent. Huge capital costs combine into an enormous price...
  • FLASHBACK: U.S. Aid Helps N. Korea Build Nukes, Congress Told - 17 April, 2000

    10/10/2006 9:43:39 AM PDT · by PatriotEdition · 7 replies · 959+ views
    U.S. Aid Helps N. Korea Build Nukes, Congress Told By Lawrence Morahan CNS Staff Writer 17 April, 2000 (CNSNews.com) - North Korea's nuclear production capacity will increase from a dozen nuclear bombs a year to 65 a year by 2010, thanks in large part to American taxpayer money, two renowned U.S. nuclear scientists told congressional leaders last week. North Korea observers have long suspected the communist dictatorship is using Western humanitarian aid to starving North Koreans to feed Kim Jong Il's million-man army. But an aid policy initiated by the Clinton administration in the mid-1990s to finance two light...
  • Terrorist threats against Russian reactors

    04/24/2006 1:26:55 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 321+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 24 2006
    Nuclear power plants in Russia have been targets of terrorist threats, and Norway has invested in security measures for their neighbors. "There have been threats against nuclear plants in Russia. There are examples but I don't want to go into details," Ole Harbitz, director of the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), told TV 2. The NRPA is alarmed by the threats and Norwegian authorities have used nearly NOK 200 million (USD 31.5 million) in recent years to help secure various nuclear facilities in Eastern Europe. Security measures against meltdowns and other potential accidents remain far inferior here than at facilities...
  • ABC Investigation: Gaping Lapses in Security at Nuclear Reactors (NO SECURITY AT REACTORS!)

    10/12/2005 3:14:58 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 97 replies · 1,850+ views
    ABC ^ | Brian Ross
    Oct. 12, 2005 — A four-month ABC News investigation found gaping security holes at many of the little-known nuclear research reactors operating on 25 college campuses across the country. Among the findings: unmanned guard booths, a guard who appeared to be asleep, unlocked building doors and, in a number of cases, guided tours that provided easy access to control rooms and reactor pools that hold radioactive fuel. ABC News found none of the college reactors had metal detectors, and only two appear to have armed guards. Many of the schools permit vehicles in close proximity to the reactor buildings without...