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On Atomic Insights Blog, Rod Adams discusses energy supplies, energy technology, and energy politics from an atomic point of view.
  • Atomic Show #227 – Carmen Bigles, Coqui Radiopharmaceuticals

    Coqui Radiopharmaceuticals is a start-up company founded in 2009 with a laser focus on solving a problem affecting the health of tens of thousands of people. The founder, Carmen Bigles, noticed that many of the patients arriving at her clinic had not been properly diagnosed and discovered that the reason...
  • Northwest wind takes a week-long vacation

    Some Atomic Insights readers don’t like it when I use the term “unreliables” to describe weather dependent power sources like wind and solar energy. They believe that word is demeaning and not entirely accurate, especially in certain system designs where wind turbines are partnered...
  • Paul Wilson & Bret Bennington vs Arnie Gundersen & Heidi Hutner on Nuclear Sustainability

    On Nov 20, 2014, Hofstra University hosted its annual Pride and Purpose Debate . This year’s proposition was the following – “Should nuclear energy be expanded to help create a more sustainable future?” The debate included the following panelists: For – J Bret Bennington...
  • Shaping public perceptions of radiation risk

    Note: The below is part of a longer work in progress. Comments and corrections are greatly appreciated. On Monday, November 17, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5544 , the Low Dose Radiation Research Act, which called for the National Academies to “conduct a study assessing the current...
  • Power In New England: Why are Prices Increasing so Rapidly?

    On October 20, IBM announced that it was spinning off its chip division by paying GlobalFoundries $1.5 billion. GlobalFoundaries appears to have won the deal with its geographic position of owning fabrication facilities in New York as well as in Germany and Malaysia. The move didn’t surprise many, as...
  • Atomic Show #226 – Nuclear tour de France reunion

    On Wednesday, November 12, I got together with two friends. The three of us were 60% of a group of five writers and bloggers given the opportunity to visit a sampling of nuclear facilities in France owned and operated by Areva. That experience helped form a strong bond. We missed our other two companions...
  • World Nuclear Association discussion on radiation protection

    I just received a link to a fascinating podcast from the World Nuclear Association about the risks associated with attempting to protect the public from low doses of radiation. It was posted almost a month ago on October 14, 2014. I apologize for initially missing this important recording and failing...
  • Atomic Show #225 – ANS Winter Meeting Leadership Perspectives

    The American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting is in progress in Anaheim, CA. I was not able to attend the meeting this year, but I was able to arrange to talk to a couple of people who were there. Guests on this episode of the Atomic Show include Gene Grecheck, the Vice President and incoming President...
  • Atomic Show #224 – Dr. John Boice NCRP

    On November 11, 2014, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. John Boice , the President of the National Council on Radiation Protection. Dr. Boice has had a long and distinguished career in radiation protection and is currently leading a multi-decade effort known as the Million Worker Study to investigate...
  • Who fights energy abundance? Why?

    On November 6, 2014, immediately after the midterm election results became available, National Review Online published an article by Kevin D. Williamson titled With Energy, More Is More: An Economic Agenda for the New GOP Majority . Long time readers of Atomic Insights will know that I lean way to...
  • Open letter to advisory bodies about LNT consequences – revised

    Last week I pointed out that Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information (SARI) had submitted a letter to a number of scientific advisory groups requesting that they provide clear guidance to governments on the lack of harm associated with exposure to the residual radioactive materials released from...
  • Stephen Burns sworn in as NRC commissioner

    Stephen Burns, whose nomination to serve as an NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) commissioner was confirmed by the US Senate on September 16, 2014, was sworn in yesterday to become the 35th person to serve as an NRC commissioner. His 5-year term expires on June 30, 2019. The ceremony took place at...
  • Transatomic Power – Anatomy of Next

    Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the CEO of Transatomic Power , a venture capital-funded start-up based on research conducted at MIT. Along with Mark Massie, the other co-founder, Dewan is exploring a design that uses a molten salt fuel that enables materials currently classified as “nuclear...
  • Disastrous consequences of LNT model at Fukushima Daiichi

    Radiation regulators often acknowledge that their linear, no threshold model overestimates the hazard of radiation below certain dose levels, but, they say, at least it errs in the “conservative” direction. That assumption might give the practitioners comfort and help them believe that...
  • Another Blogger for Nuclear Energy – Northwest Clean Energy

    There is a new blog about clean energy with a strong focus on the contributions made by clean nuclear energy. Northwest Clean Energy published its introductory post on September 10, 2014 titled Electricity in the Northwest . The lead blogger is Meredith Angwin, an experienced regional blogger and...
  • Positive effects of low dose radiation – Dr. Jerry Cuttler via Go Nuclear

    The Positive Effects of Low Level Radiation – Jerry Cuttler, Nuclear Engineer from Mx2 Media Production on Vimeo . Dr. Jerry Cuttler has spent a substantial portion of the past 20 years delving into the topic of the health effects of low dose radiation. He recently sat down with film makers...
  • No intrigue at NRC regarding Stephen Burns

    On September 16, 2014, Stephen Burns and Jeff Baran were confirmed as Commissioners at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the Senate. Thirty days later, on October 14, 2014, Jeff Baran was sworn in and began serving out the remainder of the term of William Magwood, who left the commission to take over...
  • Another blogger for Nuclear Energy – Evan Twarog

    Atomic Insights is expanding. I’d like to introduce our newest writer, Evan Twarog. Some of you may recognize his name; in the friendly world of pro-nuclear bloggers, Evan has made a name for himself as a bright young man who started learning the importance of public communications about nuclear...
  • From the HPS President – Health Physics News November 2014

    This is a reprint of an article published in HP News, an official publication of the Health Physics Society ( www.hps.org ). Neither the Health Physics Society nor the author of the article have any affiliation with Atomic Insights. Barbara Hamrick, CHP, JD, HPS Fellow At 2:46 p.m. Japan Standard...
  • Lockheed’s fusion sales pitch

    Please count me as an extreme skeptic on the possibility of anything useful coming from the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works fusion project described in the below commercial. The only explanation I can think of for the recent hype and attention given to this project is that there is a competition that...
  • Arnie Gundersen tells tall tales to 1600 chiropractors

    The email introducing the below video included the following description. The attached film is so ridiculous and the author is an idiot. The second clause of that sentence is not quite true; the author is an intelligent man who has created a few tall tales for a nefarious purpose. I’d like...
  • Neural network analysis “unequivocally” reveals threshold dose response in atomic bomb victims

    Low dose radiation suppresses cancer. Note: Low dose in this case is defined as being below a threshold value of somewhere between 100 – 200 mSv depending on exposed organ. That bold, conventional wisdom-challenging statement is supported by an incredibly important paper titled Cancer risk...
  • Corvallis to Richland and back

    After an informative tour of the NuScale facilities in Corvallis, OR on October 20, I continued my quick visit to the Pacific Northwest. I had originally arranged my travel plans to fly into Portland, OR instead Richland, WA — which was my ultimate destination — for a variety of reasons...
  • Purposely imposed fear prevents properly using radiation benefits

    On October 21, 2014, I was invited to be a speaker at the Eastern Washington American Nuclear Society Meeting. That talk was recorded and produced by volunteers at the section. Perhaps as a result of jet lag or nervousness, I neglected to provide proper credit for borrowed slides. Though the words...
  • New England Clean Energy Council hopeful about nuclear – ten years from now

    An article in the Berkshire (MA) Eagle News titled New England Clean Energy Council hopes for renewable energy push from candidates appeared in my Google News Alert on “new nuclear power plants” this morning. If you follow that link and begin reading, you might wonder how Google found this...