Pound of uranium – how a man can carry thirty tanker trucks worth of energy

Many people that have heard me talk about the energy density of uranium have had the opportunity to see my “three shooters” demonstration. For those of you who are totally lost, here is the background. If you compute the volume of uranium needed for a pound of the material you can compare it almost exactly […]

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Important information about low level radiation

During the period from 1980-1988, a large and comprehensive study was conducted to determine the risks of occupational exposure to low levels of radiation. A summary of the study’s final report, which was completed in 1991 but not widely released, has been published under the title of Nuclear shipyard worker study (1980–1988): a large cohort […]

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Italian utility officials suggest reconsideration of nuclear ban

After the Chernobyl accident, Italy passed a referendum to halt new nuclear power plant construction and to shut down their existing plants. As a result of that decision and the fact that Italy has little coal, it now generates 75% of its internally generated electricity from oil or natural gas. This dependence has given Italy […]

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Newsweek gets it wrong – Environmentalists are not natural nuclear enemies

In the February 8, 2006 issue of Newsweek magazine, there is a story titled Another Nuclear Dawn in which the author, Fred Guterl repeats an often used, but erroneously thought out statement. He said “Environmentalists, who used to be the natural enemies of nuclear power, are now busy beating their drums over climate change.” It […]

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Rich natural gas producer talks about nuclear investment

The Bush administration has often pointed to Iran’s oil and gas resources as prima facie evidence that their nuclear power ambitions must be related to weapons. After all, the expressed logic goes, why would a country that is well endowed with oil and gas want nuclear power stations. (Of course, that argument is bunk, especially […]

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How I developed my atomic insights

This posting needs a little context. I occasionally get into conversations with people that wonder why I am so passionate about atomic energy. Explanations of that sort often require some background information. I composed this letter as part of a conversation with a journalist whose views are completely divergent, but who is willing to listen […]

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Westinghouse sale update January 20, 2006

On 3 July 2006, I published a post titled “Nuclear referendum in the market”. The topic of the post was the announcement from BNFL that they had decided to put its Westinghouse division up for sale. Since the division focuses almost exclusively on nuclear technology, the gist of my post was that watching the progress […]

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Pipeline explosions in southern Russia called sabotage

The International Herald Tribune is reporting on a new wrinkle to the energy supply situation in European Russia in an article titled Report: Prosecutors call blasts on Russian pipelines sabotage. Two natural gas pipelines running through southern Russia into Georgia and then into Armenia were damaged by explosions that occurred early Sunday 22 January 2006. […]

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Russian cold spell impacts all of Europe and parts of Asia

It has been really, really cold in Russia for the past few days. Even the weather resistant Russians are turning up the thermostat and causing huge demands on their electrical power and natural gas delivery systems. According to the BBC, electrical power consumption peaked at 146,000 MW on Wednesday, a level not seen since the […]

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