The Atomic Show #009 (MP3 – 11.1MB – 32min)

Shane and Rod talk about a new nuclear research project that has been designated at HT3R – pronounced “heater”. It is a 10-25 MW thermal reactor with a closed cycle helium turbine. The project is a partnership between General Atomics, the University of Texas Permian Basin, and Thorium Power. The pre-conceptual design agreement was signed…

The Atomic Show #008 (MP3 – 7.6MB – 22min)

This is a special edition of The Atomic Show. In November, 2005, I attended the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. While there, I recorded an interview with Kelly Taylor, an active member of a group called North American Young Generation in Nuclear. Kelly has been in the nuclear industry since she graduated…

The Atomic Show #007 (MP3 – 14.5MB – 42min)

Shane and Rod talk about some announcements related to new nuclear power plant construction in the US, South Korea, and Bulgaria. We also move off topic on occasion and touch on the following subjects: The Dupic process of recycling nuclear fuel from a pressurized water reactor into a CANDU reactor Recycling fruit waste into rabbit…

The Atomic Show #006 (MP3 – 15.8MB – 46min)

Shane and Rod provide a different take on a current debate regarding the use of enriched uranium. There is a notion among a certain kind of politically educated person that the only valid use of enriched uranium is to produce weapons that can be used to assure mutual destruction. Rod and Shane explain that enriched…

The Atomic Show #005 (MP3 – 13.9MB – 40min)

Shane and I chat about types of radiation, ways to measure radiation, normal background levels of radiation, the health effects of low level radiation, and the variation in normal background radiation around the world. We talk about tritium exit lights, radium dial watches, cloud chambers, and geiger counters. Have a listen and tell us what…

The Atomic Show #004 – Shane and Rod discuss Peak Oil (MP3 – 9.4MB – 27min)

Shane and I discuss Peak Oil and the ways that nuclear power can help to alleviate the problems that will result if oil production rate peaks without a more capable alternative available. We specifically mention the work of Kenneth Deffeyes, the author of Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert’s Peak. In addition, we discussed certain…

The Atomic Show #003 – Nuclear fuel recycling

Shane and Rod talk about nuclear fuel recycling and ways to reduce the amount of waste that nuclear reactors produce. We also talk about the fact that there are rare materials with unique physical properties locked inside the fuel assemblies that have been removed from nuclear fission reactors. With a proper eye towards converting trash…

The Atomic Show #002

Shane explains how he learned how to scuba dive in New Mexico. Shane and Rod talk about biodiesel, alcohol fuel, Fischer-Trospch synthetic fuels, government subsidies for ethanol, using nuclear heat in synthetic fuels processing and some of the reasons for success for the anti-nuclear lobby. We also ended up talking about reasons for our atomic…

The Atomic Show #001

In this episode, Rod Adams and Shane Brown introduce themselves and their show concept. As a couple of self-proclaimed atomic geeks, they care deeply about sharing their knowledge with each other and the world of interested people. Shane is a computer programmer who earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering. Rod is a US Naval…