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On Atomic Insights Blog, Rod Adams discusses energy supplies, energy technology, and energy politics from an atomic point of view.
  • Sweet Briar College announced its closure on March 3, 2015

    You might be wondering why I’ve chosen to write about the closure of a small, but historic women’s liberal arts college. What does that have to do with atomic energy? The college, Sweet Briar College, is located a little less than an hour from my Forest, VA home. I’ve met a few of...
  • Diseconomy of scale – world’s largest canned-motor reactor coolant pump

    On February 16, 2015, an AP article by Ray Henry titled Nuclear plants delayed in China, watched closely by US firms contained a short paragraph that has contributed to a number of sleepless nights. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of other people affected in the same manner who have far more at...
  • Atomic Show #235 – Energy and Empire by George Gonzales

    Dr. George Gonzales is an associate professor of political science at the University of Miami. In 2012, he published a book titled Energy and Empire: The Politics of Nuclear and Solar Power in the United States . In his book, Professor Gonzales recognizes that the development of nuclear energy poses...
  • Atomic Show #234 – Update from South Australia

    Ben Heard of Think Climate Consulting and DecarboniseSA.com joined me for a discussion about the nuclear fuel cycle in Australia. In early February, the South Australian government announced the formation of a royal commission to investigate the state’s future role in the nuclear fuel cycle . ...
  • Atomic Show #233 – Innovators discuss advanced reactor development in US

    There are a growing number of innovative small companies and a few divisions of larger companies that have recognized that nuclear energy offers solutions to a number of important human challenges. Despite the proclamations by opponents, the Nuclear Renaissance is not any more dead in 2015 than the original...
  • Learn more about internationalizing market for SMRs at 5th Annual SMR Summit

    Interest is growing in building right-sized reactors. In the relatively near future, there will be operating demonstration plants in China, Argentina, and Russia proving that the nuclear industry has learned that the one-size fits all model cannot work if the chosen size is in the range of 1,000 MWe...
  • How do fast reactors respond to rapid reactivity insertion events?

    Fast neutron spectrum reactors offer one answer to the trump question that is often used to halt informative discussions about using more atomic energy to reduce our excessive dependence on burning hydrocarbon based fuels — “What do you do with the waste?” In a fast neutron spectrum...
  • Senator Clinton Anderson on fossil fuel opposition to atomic energy

    Senator Clinton Anderson (D-NM) was a long time member and sometimes Chairman of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. As part of my energy history research, I’ve been reading Outsider in the Senate: Senator Clinton Anderson’s Memoirs . There are several passages in that book worthy of...
  • TV series marathon – Men Who Built America

    I took advantage of circumstances and technology last night to indulge in a TV series marathon consisting of watching the entire season of the 2012 History Channel series titled The Men Who Built America . Though originally aired in 19 episodes, Netflix is showing series as four 80-90 minute segments...
  • Energizing visit to UC Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department

    On Feb 9, 2015, I had the opportunity to visit the faculty and students at the University of California Berkeley. Prof. Per Peterson invited me out to give a colloquium talk and to see some of the interesting work that his colleagues and students were doing in advanced nuclear technology. UCB NE students...
  • Discussion strategy on Atomic Insights

    Some of you may have noticed that many Atomic Insights comment threads have been turned off. As much as I enjoy the give and take here, I’ve decided it’s time to be more judicious in my time management. Moderating this site has become one of those “part time” jobs that threatens...
  • What Aircraft Manufacturers Can Teach the Nuclear Industry

    Evan is a Vermont resident who will be graduating from high school in 2015 and plans to pursue a career in engineering. Few innovations have shaped the world as dramatically as the development of the airplane. In less than a century, mankind went from riding horses to flying non-stop half way around...
  • Slowly accelerate fast reactor development

    In one corner are people who are certain that breeder reactors that can effectively use the earth’s massive supply of fertile isotopes — thorium and uranium 238 — should be pursued as rapidly as possible with the assistance of prioritized government funding. In the other corner are...
  • Elite international experts to debate SMRs’ role in nuclear co-generation and hybrid systems

    Atomic Insights is a media partner for the 5th Annual Small Modular Reactor Summit , scheduled for April 14-15 in Charlotte, NC. Conference value increases when information about the event reaches people who are keenly interested in the topics that will be discussed. We will be running several pieces...
  • Atomic Show #232 – Against the Tide by RADM Dave Oliver

    Though it has been more than 30 years since Admiral Rickover finally retired from his position as the head of Naval Reactors, his legacy lives on in the people he directly trained and in the people that those initial Navy nukes trained and led. A new book titled Against the Tide: Rickover’s Leadership...
  • Should NRC spend time and money simplifying transition to decommissioning?

    In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for applying appropriate, risk-informed regulations. As a consequence...
  • Suppressing Differing Opinions to Promote “No Safe Dose” Mantra

    Dr. Ed Calabrese has published additional installments in his continuing effort to illuminate the methods by which the 16 member Genetics Committee of the 1956 National Academy of Sciences Biological Effects of Atomic Radiation committee altered history. That small group of colleagues, chaired by the...
  • Science has falsified the “no safe dose” hypothesis about radiation. Now what?

    There is a growing understanding among people who specialize in understanding how ionizing radiation affects human beings that the prevailing “no safe dose” model that was adopted as the result of a major political struggle during the mid to late 1950s is false and does not represent reality...
  • Building a powerful pro-nuclear coalition

    The nuclear enterprise is not healthy in North America and Europe, the places that discovered the science and invented the technologies. That situation needs to change with due haste into sustainable progress that is not artificially restricted by annoying, delaying, costly opposition from people who...
  • Rod Adams and Alex Epstein on Power Hour

    On Atomic Show #230 , I talked with Alex Epstein, the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels . Some of the things I told Alex during that show intrigued him enough to ask me to be a guest on his Power Hour show. That show has now been published as Rod Adams on the Secret History of Nuclear Power...
  • Is there a good source of information about effects and benefits of radiology?

    Radiologyinfo.org is a valuable, informative web site developed by physicians from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) . It is well-organized and provides factual, readily understood information to people who want to know more about the benefits...
  • What We’re Told About Climate Change Versus What We’re Told About Genetic Effects of Radiation

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has started an initiative branded as “What We Know” about climate change. The initiative is sponsored by the following individuals and organizations: Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment Lawrence H. Linden...
  • Health effects of nuclear radiation in plain language

    By Jerry Cuttler, DSc, PEng All organisms have very remarkable protection capabilities. While most people still think that living cells are structurally stable, scientists discovered in the 1980s that cells undergo a very high rate of naturally-occurring physical and chemical damage caused by the heat...
  • ThorCon – Demonstrated Molten Salt Tech Packaged With Modern Construction Techniques

    The dearth of real innovation and focused direction from the established companies in the US nuclear industry in the face of rapidly expanding demand for clean energy solutions has stimulated the formation of a number of start-up companies. The leaders of these companies have backgrounds that have taught...
  • Nassim Taleb Would Counsel Entergy to Maintain Vermont Yankee’s Operating License

    Nassim Taleb is a author and essayist whose 2007 book, The Black Swan , has been described in a review in the Sunday Times as one of the most influential books published since World War II . He often works to focus people’s attention on the importance of maintaining flexibility to respond to unpredicted...