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  • Why was H. J. Muller an effective tool in effort to exaggerate danger of radiation?
    In 1945, H. J. Muller was in deep financial difficulty. He had burned many bridges during his career. He had a young wife, a two year old daughter, and a notice in hand that he would be losing his job. He was 56 years old and had not accumulated any savings. He had moved around […] The post Why was H. J. Muller an effective tool in effort to exaggerate danger of radiatio...
  • Project Dilithium – Boldly going back to a place our ancestors visited and prematurely abandoned
    In January 2019, the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) of the U.S. Department of Defense officially informed the world that it was interested in learning more about small, mobile, nuclear generators. The SCO said it wanted to find out if there was technology available that could supply a forward operating base with abundant, emission-free electricity for […] The post P...
  • Atomic Show #266 – Seeing the Light about atomic energy potential
    Facing the immense threat of climate change, the need to power several billion more people and the continuing reluctance to use the most powerful tool available, Scott L. Montgomery and Thomas Graham Jr. realized that there was an information and perception gap about nuclear energy of roughly equivalent magnitudes. Their desire to help fill the […] The post Atomic Show #...
  • Atomic Show #265 – Atomic Optimism. Under-appreciated opportunities in sight.
    On Sunday, Feb 17, I realized that I was feeling extraordinarily good about the future of atomic energy, the future of clean energy production, and the future prosperity of the world that my grandchildren are going to inhabit. I immediately composed and sent an invitation to some atomic colleagues to join me in a conversation. […] The post Atomic Show #265 – Atomic...
  • Are we finally approaching lift-off for a real Renaissance?
    Obituaries of the “Nuclear Renaissance” have been widespread and frequent in the years since the Great Recession and reactions to the Great Northeast Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. I’m pretty sure those obits have been premature in declaring the subject to be dead. Last week, I attended the 6th Annual Advanced Reactor Summit and Technology Showcase. [&hellip...
  • Acting EPA administrator appoints Dr. Brant Ulsh to head radiation advisory council
    Sometimes, there are benefits to breaking things. It’s often the only way to eliminate barriers and walls that prevent progress. The process can create dust and debris that must be cleaned up to allow erection of a solid, stable path, but without the initial sledgehammer attack, nothing gets done. For more than 20 years, I’ve […] The post Acting EPA administr...
  • ML-1 Mobile Power System: Reactor in a Box
    This is a modest update of an article first published in November 1996. DOD’s recent issuance of an RFI for mobile, modest power output atomic power systems shows that the challenges that were clearly described in 1963 have not been addressed – yet. Now is a good time to start addressing them. The ML-1 experimental […] The post ML-1 Mobile Power System: React...
  • Atomic Show #264 – Building momentum in advanced nuclear energy
    It’s not glaringly obvious, but preparatory steps enabling a take off for advanced nuclear power systems are making measurable progress. Enabling legislative acts have been passed by both the Senate and House and signed by the President, turning them into laws requiring actions. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is back to full strength and under a […] The post Ato...
  • Nature and Nuclear Power, the hills and valleys will be thankful and every creature rejoice!
    By Wade Allison Emeritus Professor of Physics at Keble College, Oxford  A canary, alive and singing in the coal mine, gave miners confidence that the air was safe to breathe. But today our problem is not carbon monoxide in a mine but carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans. The Industrial Revolution was built on […] The post Nature and Nuclear Power, the hills a...
  • Atomic Show #263 – Musicians choosing to be atomic advocates
    Forgive me, dear readers and listeners. It has been more than two months since my last post and more than 11 months since my last Atomic Show podcast. It has been a refreshing pause in my atomic information sharing activities. I haven’t been completely separated from the fray. I’ve been keeping up with my reading […] The post Atomic Show #263 – Musician...
  • Kairos – Developing advanced nuclear energy in Alameda
    In some ways, Kairos Power has a familiar sounding story. It is a California-based start-up founded by three bright people, all with a tie to Cal Berkeley (UCB). They have decided to turn their grant-funded tech research into a for-profit company. One of the founders, Dr. Per Peterson, is a long established UCB professor with […] The post Kairos – Developing advanc...
  • Turning nuclear into a fuel dominated business
    Under our current energy paradigm, nuclear power has the reputation of needing enormous up-front capital investments. Once those investments have been made and the plants are complete, the payoff is that they have low recurring fuel costs. Just the opposite is said of simple cycle natural gas fired combustion turbines. They require a small capital […] The post Turning nu...
  • Serious, timely, vital conversation about effects of ionizing radiation
    Recently, the American Nuclear Society and the Health Physics Society hosted an historically important meeting on updating the scientific basis for low dose radiation protection standards. Attendees discussed the effects of low dose radiation, the existing radiation protection construct that has evolved to minimize the impact of those effects, and ways to take advantage of [&he...
  • Making sense from radiation protection controversy
    During the past two days, I’ve spent 20-30 hours listening to and participating in a sometimes heated and often polite discussion about the health effects of low dose radiation and the rules established or needed to ensure adequate protection. It’s part of a controversy that has deep roots and stubbornly entrenched sides with a much […] The post Making sense ...
  • Displacing LNT assertion with evidence
    A joint ANS/HPS (American Nuclear Society/Health Physics Society) meeting titled “Applicability of Radiation Protection Models to Low Dose Protection Standards” (hashtag #LowDose2018) will kick-off tonight. This much anticipated event has attracted 200 medical, radiation and nuclear energy experts to the booming metropolis of Pasco, WA. The site is appropriate, Pasc...

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  • Summer 2019 gasoline prices forecast to be lower than last summer
    In the April 2019 update of its Summer Fuels Outlook, EIA expects the retail price of U.S. regular-grade gasoline will average $2.76 per gallon (gal) during the summer from April through September 2019. EIA’s expected average is down 3% from the 2018 summer average of $2.85/gal, mainly because EIA expects crude oil prices will be lower than last summer. EIA publishes the ...
  • In 2018, the United States consumed more energy than ever before
    Primary energy consumption in the United States reached a record high of 101.3 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2018, up 4% from 2017 and 0.3% above the previous record set in 2007. The increase in 2018 was the largest increase in energy consumption, in both absolute and percentage terms, since 2010.
  • The U.S. exported 2 million barrels per day of crude oil in 2018 to 42 destinations
    In 2018, U.S. exports of crude oil rose to 2.0 million barrels per day (b/d), nearly double the 1.2 million b/d rate in 2017. Export volumes by destination changed significantly during the year, as U.S. crude oil exports to China fell and exports to other destinations such as South Korea, Taiwan, and Canada increased.
  • Increases in electricity generation from biomass stop after a decade of growth
    Electricity generated from biomass and waste totaled 70.6 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2018, or about 2% of total U.S. electricity generation. Expansion in electricity generation from biomass and waste has ended in recent years, after growing from 2004 through 2014, and in 2018 was 2% below its peak generation of 71.7 million MWh in 2014.
  • One in ten U.S. households pays an energy bill indirectly as part of rent or condo fees
    Many U.S. households do not pay energy utilities or other suppliers directly for using electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, or propane but pay indirectly through rent, fees, or to a third party such as a housing authority. Data from the most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that, in 2015, 12.4 million of the nation’s 118 million households (11%) pai...

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  • In Tit-For-Tat Move, Putin Announces Russian Suspension of INF Treaty
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia has suspended its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, one day after the United States made a similar announcement. Putin met in Moscow on February 2 with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to discuss Russia’s reaction to the long-expected U.S. move. “We ...
  • US nuclear treaty ultimatum about China as much as Russia
    By announcing its intent to withdraw from a decades-old nuclear weapons treaty, the United States is targeting Russia, which it says violated the bilateral deal – but also China, which is developing arms that are banned under it. Beijing is not a signatory to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), so it’s Russia that has […]
  • Moon’s nuclear diplomacy a ‘dangerous gamble’: analysts
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has embarked on a “dangerous gamble”, analysts said, after he secured only minimal concessions from Kim Jong Un to reboot the North’s nuclear negotiations with Washington. Moon flew to Pyongyang this week for his third summit with Kim seeking a concrete gesture to rekindle the stalled denuclearisation talks between the [&hell...
  • Iran Warns It Will Step Up Nuclear Activities if 2015 Deal Falls Apart
    Iran will relaunch its nuclear program and enrich uranium at a higher level than it has previously if Russia, China, and European powers follow the U.S. example and stop honoring Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement, Iran’s nuclear agency has warned. “We will not return to previous levels if our counterparts leave the [nuclear deal], but will […]
  • Pakistani Nuclear Forces, 2018
    The Nuclear Notebook is researched and written by Hans M. Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project with the Federation of American Scientists, and Robert S. Norris, a senior fellow with the FAS. The Nuclear Notebook column has been published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1987. This issue’s column examines Pakistan’s nuclear […]
  • Nuke Review Calls for Triad Modernization to Maintain Deterrence
    The United States must recapitalize the nuclear triad and accompanying command-and-control system to continue to maintain deterrence into the future, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis wrote in the preface to the Nuclear Posture Review released today. In one of his first acts as president, Donald J. Trump directed Mattis to conduct the review, last conducted […]
  • Pentagon Releases New Nuclear Strategy
    The Nuclear Posture Review released today is a strategy to keep America safe with a deterrent that is modern and credible, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said today in rolling out the strategy. The NPR reaffirms that the fundamental role of U.S. nuclear policy is deterrence and continues the clear commitment to non-proliferation and […]
  • France says ‘go ahead’ to African security initiatives
    France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday encouraged African nations calling for greater autonomy over their security to “go for it”, following the launch of a regional anti-jihad force in the Sahel. France currently has its own a 4,000-strong counter-terror force named Barkhane tackling militants and banditry in West and Central African nations ...
  • Russia Tests Combat Readiness of its Strategic Nuclear Forces
    Russia on Thursday conducted large-scale military drills to test the combat readiness of its strategic nuclear forces, including launches of multiple ballistic missiles, Russian Defense Ministry said. “Practical combat actions of the personnel of command-and-control centers of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, crews of the nuclear-powered submarines of the Northern an...
  • Nuclear Weapons: Who are the World’s Haves and Have Nots?
    A large number of national representatives currently attending the General Assembly in New York have already signed the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. They seek a world free from “doomsday weapons,” as secretary-general Antonio Guterres put it. Yet the nuclear powers themselves have so far refused to sign on. Who has nuclear […]

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  • Turducken Space Rock: Antarctic Meteorite Hid Comet Inside Asteroid Remains
    Our solar system is a whopping 4.5 billion years old. And those earliest days were some of the most interesting for astronomers. That's when the planets formed, building from dust grains into the whole worlds that now populate our space neighborhood. But most of this material has been drastically changed since its early days – incorporat...
  • Researchers Resuscitate Pig Brains Hours After Death
    Researchers say they've rebooted pigs’ brains four hours after the animals died. The scientists managed to restore some blood flow and brain cell activity to the dead animals' brains by pumping a protective solution through the tissue using a proprietary technology they call BrainEx. The brain was never alert and researchers did not restore consciousness, but th...
  • Gobihadros: New Member of Duck-billed Dinosaur Dynasty
    Toothy tyrannosaurs and enormous titanosaurs may be the most dramatic dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous, but plant-eating hadrosaurs had the numbers. These widely-distributed animals, often called duck-billed dinosaurs, are among the most commonly found fossils from the period that stretched 66 million-100 million years ago. Yet the hadrosaur origin story remains ...
  • Understanding the Sacrificial Puppies Found in Shang Dynasty Graves
    During the last centuries of China’s Shang dynasty, which lasted from 1600 B.C. to 1050 B.C., ritual sacrifice was a well-oiled cultural phenomenon, rich and varied in its manifestations. Rulers and elites sacrificed animals and humans to appease spirits or the ancestors. Just as humans met their ends, dogs were often right beside them. Now a study in Archaeological Rese...
  • Astronomers Find Oldest Type of Molecule in Space
    Everything has a beginning. That’s true for stories, for people, for the universe and even for chemistry. The Big Bang itself produced just a handful of elements (variations of hydrogen, helium and lithium nuclei), so researchers have a pretty good sense of what the first atoms and molecules might have been. But the very first molecular bond to form, linking together atom...
  • NASA's Twins Study: How Spaceflight (Temporarily) Changes the Body
    Brothers compete. So in 2016, when astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after spending a year in space, it must have really annoyed his identical twin brother — retired astronaut Mark Kelly — that Scott was two inches taller than when he left. However, Scott's temporary increase in height was not the only thing that changed during his trip. As part of NASA's Twi...
  • Meet the Snake That Hunts Birds With a Spider On Its Tail
    When Steven Anderson first examined a specimen of the Iranian spider-tailed viper, he, of course, noticed the arachnid-shaped lump on the dead snake’s tail. It was 1970, and the herpetologist was at the Field Museum in Chicago examining what the museum assumed to be a Persian horned viper, a snake common throughout the Middle East. But this one had such a bizarre growth ...
  • Regular Users of Marijuana Can Require More Sedatives During Medical Procedures
    Increasing numbers of Americans are using marijuana. In some states, obtaining marijuana is as easy as walking into a store and picking out what catches the eye in a glass display case. But even as states move to legalize recreational and medical cannabis, it remains a taboo topic, even in doctors’ offices. Now, a new study suggests that keeping marijuana ...
  • Astronomers Find a Third Planet in This Weird 'Tatooine' Star System
    Like the planet Tatooine from Star Wars, two suns — one bright, one dim and red— rise over the horizon of Kepler 47d. But unlike dry and sandy Tatooine, this planet's surface is gassy and indistinct. The system also holds two smaller planets; one planet closer to the double suns, and one farther out. Both lack a solid surface. If you visited in a spac...
  • Cassini Finds Deep Lakes and Phantom Ponds on Saturn's Moon Titan
    Before NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn’s depths, it performed a final 2017 flyby of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. This remote world is the only place in the solar system other than Earth that hosts large bodies of standing liquid. Titan's liquid is methane and ethane instead of water. But these lakes and seas make the moon one of the mos...
  • Scientists Discover Genes Causing Age-Related Hearing Loss
    Even though our ears get bigger as we age, our hearing tends to fade. This ironic problem is common and gets progressively worse the older we get. An estimated 25 percent of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have disabling hearing loss. And losing hearing can mean having a hard time understanding what people are saying, which can lead to social isolation and depressi...
  • Workplace Wellness Programs Change Some Behaviors But Not Outcomes
    Turns out workplace wellness programs don't work so well. According to a large-scale study over 18 months — the first of its kind to study the issue — initiatives intended to help employees get healthier and more productive, and cost the boss less money, have decidedly lackluster results. Some employees did adopt better behaviors — or at least said t...
  • How to Understand Einstein's Theory of Gravity
    Einstein's general relativity may be complicated, but it's our best way of understanding the universe.
  • How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Made Einstein the World's Most Famous Scientist
    Heaven and earth moved to make Albert Einstein a star a century ago.
  • PepsiCo Partnered With a Russian Start-up Trying to Create Orbiting Billboards
    The idea to launch billboards into space may have seemed like just another marketing gimmick. Back in January, Discover first reported on a Russian start-up company named StartRocket that said it wanted to use swarms of mini satellites called CubeSats to project ads on the night sky from low-Earth orbit. Readers reacted harshly to the announcement. Some called it &ldq...
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  • Natural Power advises on one of Taiwan’s largest offshore wind power projects
    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, is delighted to have acted as technical advisor to a consortium of Japanese investors led by Sojitz Corporation (“Sojitz”) for the agreement of a significant equity position with international wind farm developer WPD on the Yunlin Offshore Wind Park. The transaction will see Sojitz and its con...
  • telent wins IT and communications contract for UK’s first new nuclear plant in a quarter of a century
    Warwick, 08 April, 2019: telent Technology Services Ltd (telent), a leading UK technology and network services company, has been awarded a six-year contract to supply the communications and IT infrastructure at Hinkley Point C (HPC) – the UK’s first nuclear plant to be built in 25 years. telent was chosen by EDF Energy to provide a multi-faceted, IT and communicatio...
  • Natural Power advises on Cubico's £272m refinancing of 200 MW UK portfolio
    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acted as technical advisor to London headquartered Cubico Sustainable Investments (“Cubico”) for the refinancing of its UK renewables portfolio which is comprised of 17 onshore wind farms and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. Natural Power carried out technical due diligence services on al...
  • Orcan Energy's World Premiere: First ORC-Plant Park in Myanmar
    Munich, Germany - March 26, 2019 - Orcan Energy, a leading manufacturer of energy efficiency solutions based on the proven Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology, and its joint venture partner VPower have reached a major milestone: In Myanmar, Southeast Asia, the world’s first 90-megawatt power plant fleet with 70 second-generation ORC products has been built and put into...
  • Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts comes to Stirling
    Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power is to headline sponsor the fifth Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts (CWW 2019) that will be hosted in Stirling, Scotland, on 27th to 29th August this year. In a series of keynote talks, sessions and workshops, experts from across the globe will come together at the University of Stirling to share...
  • Continued success in Hong Kong for the UK based Organics Group
    The Organics Group, a UK and Thailand based wastewater treatment specialist, recently completed the turnkey design, manufacture and installation of its latest HK$ 38 million (US$ 4.8 million) thermal ammonia removal facility to treat leachate from the West New Territories landfill (WENT), the largest landfill in Hong Kong operated by SITA Waste Services. The facility is designe...
  • Bioplex and Controllis: Turning farm waste and sunshine into electricity
    Innovative biogas and solar power system provides onsite power from plant and animal wasteFarms and local communities could soon be able to go off-grid, with self-sufficiency in mains electricity and heat thanks to a breakthrough biogas and solar power system.The self-contained, onsite electricity generating solution uses a mix of solar power alongside biogas made from both pla...
  • Natural Power appoints drone specialist
    Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy Natural Power, has appointed Andre Louis Ferdinand as a Senior Engineer in the inspections service team, based in North America.Andre joins from Ascent Technologies, a Texas-based firm specialising in developing software for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Ascent Technologies was acquired by Natural Power earlier...
  • Natural Power acquires drone software specialist Ascent Technologies
    Natural Power acquires Ascent TechnologiesLeading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acquired the Texas-based firm Ascent Technologies – a developer of software for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations.The specialist software, which has been developed by Ascent Technologies during the course of the past two years, will ena...
  • Sumitomo, SQM, Tungco and ArcelorMittal discuss the future of batteries, sustainable sourcing and trading politics at Argus Metals Week 2019
    Global energy and commodities price-reporting agency Argus will host Argus Metals Week 2019 in London, UK, on 26 February -1 March.Drawing on the success of an established portfolio of metal events, the 11th annual Argus Metals Week conference will provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the metals industry across three focused agendas — Battery materials, SnWTa, and N...
  • Aareon Housing Technology Chosen to Drive Efficiency and Customer Self-Service at Magna
    Magna Housing has chosen a comprehensive housing technology system from Aareon UK (www.aareon.co.uk). The new solution comprises the Aareon QL housing management system, Aareon 1st Touch mobile workforce technology and a new customer portal.Magna Housing, which has around 10,000 homes across Dorset and Somerset, plans to go live with the first phase of the QL system in summer 2...
  • Natural Power advises on New Frontier Wind
    Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has provided the finance-grade energy yield analysis (EYA) and associated reliance letter for Capital Power Corporation’s 99MW New Frontier Wind Project in McHenry County, North Dakota. Jim Adams, President of Natural Power North America, said: “It’s fantastic to be involved in a project o...
  • Natural Power advises NTR on 200MW Nordic wind portfolio acquisition
    Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power has advised NTR on the 200MW acquisition of operational and pre-construction onshore wind projects in Sweden and Finland that has been added to the NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II. Total capital invested by NTR in the portfolio is expected to be in excess of €180 million. NTR acquired the portfolio ...
  • Natural Power appointed to Decentralised Energy Network Frameworks
    Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power has been appointed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council as a supplier on the four-year Decentralised Energy Network Frameworks. This is the first phase of frameworks to support decentralised energy networks and will cover the technical and professional consultancy element. The management of the frameworks will be ...
  • DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG turns 120
    Merger in the making Hamburg, January 10th, 2019 - The oil and gas production company DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG turned 120 years today. DEA is one of the most long-standing E&P companies in the world and was one of the first players at the dawn of the commercial oil production era. In Germany, DEA has provided important economic stimulus and made a significant contribution to ...