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Seattle Monks Protest While Dalai Lama Supports Nuclear Energy | The Energy Collective

Seattle Monks Protest While Dalai Lama Supports Nuclear Energy | The Energy Collective | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

This is an awesome article in support of nuclear energy. Over the past weeks while many Buddhist monks have made their views known through active protests against nuclear plants this author points out that the Dalai Lama actually supports nuclear energy.

 

Too often everything related to nuclear energy is viewed as dangerous and bad for society. This author effectively points out that things like X-rays and CT scans are also derivatives from nuclear energy and there is no debate that they have been a benefit to society.

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2012 ~ The Year That Was In Nuclear Energy | The Energy Collective

2012 ~ The Year That Was In Nuclear Energy | The Energy Collective | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

As the semester and year (and maybe the world if the Mayans are correct) comes to an end I see no better way to end than with a timeline discussing major events in the nuclear industry over all of 2012.

 

Some key highlights of major events include:

 - Nuclear powered mars rover

 - Fukushima disaster and cleanup

 - Iranian nuclear power / nuclear bomb efforts

 - India begins nuclear service at a few reactors

 

and many more.... but you'll have to read the article to find out

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The 133rd Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers | ANS Nuclear Cafe

The 133rd Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers | ANS Nuclear Cafe | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

The author does an excellent job describing the 133rd weekly Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers, where everyone collaborates and has a quasi-debate on the web between all their blog posts and their comments. The Carnival self-describes themselves as "the collective voice of blogs by well-respeced names that emerege each week to tell the story of nuclear energy"

 

While this article is just an overview, the reason I've included it is because of the list of "blogs we read" on the left hand side. I've looked into them a little bit and the 3 blogs listed below turned out to be my favorite. Look for them in future scoops!

 

1. Atomic Insights: www.atomicinsights.com

2. Nuclear Town Hall: www.nucleartownhall.com

3. GeoPolitics of Energy: httpy://www.blogs.forbes.com/jamesconca/

 

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Atom Bomb photos, movies, & videos

Atom Bomb photos, movies, & videos | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

This website is everything an atomic bomb junkie could hope for. While reading my scoop.it can give any reader a pretty good overview of the history of the nuclear bombs, this website is an even better tool.

 

With categories like videos and music, atomic galleries, and even a store to purchase atomic weapon related gear this website really has it all.

 

Overall, my favorite feature is the history bar on the right hand side of the homepage. They have links to pages about everything from the Hiroshima explosion to details about how nuclear tests are conducted to a secret Hollywood laboratory. This page really does have it all.

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Tsar Bomba - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coordinates: 73°48′26″N 54°58′54″E / 73.80722°N 54.98167°E / 73.80722; 54.98167

Tsar Bomba (Russian: Царь-бомба; "Emperor Bomb") is the nickname for the AN602 hydrogen bomb, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated and its October 30, 1961 test remains the most powerful artificial explosion in human history. It was also referred to as Kuz'kina Mat' (Russian: Кузькина мать, Kuzka's mother), potentially referring to Nikita Khrushchev's promise to show the United States a "Kuz'kina Mat'" at the 1960 United Nations General Assembly. The famous Russian idiom, which has been problematic for translators, equates roughly with the English “We’ll show you!” in this usage meaning "something that has not been seen before".[1] Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb was originally designed to have a yield of about 100 megatons of TNT (420 PJ), but the yield was reduced to 50 megatons to reduce nuclear fallout (and also to prevent the blast from destroying the drop aircraft). This attempt was successful, as it was one of the cleanest (relative to its yield) nuclear bombs ever detonated. Only one bomb of this type was ever built and it was tested on October 30, 1961, in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, at Sukhoy Nos.[2][3]

The remaining bomb casings are located at the Russian Atomic Weapon Museum, Sarov (Arzamas-16), and the Museum of Nuclear Weapons, All-Russian Research Institute of Technical Physics, Snezhinsk (Chelyabinsk-70). Neither of these casings has the same antenna configuration as the device that was tested.

The Tsar Bomba is one of the most awesome yet terrifying creations that have ever existed. When most people think of a nuclear explosion they think of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Those two explosions are almost insignificant in comparison to the power weilded by the Tsar Bomba.

 

The Tsar Bomba was the most powerful artificial explosion in human history and was a major source of Soviet pride in the nuclear weapons space. The total yield of the bomb is estimated at 10x the entire amount of convential explosives used during WWII. This bomb was actually so powerful that its efficiency had to be limited during testing because there was no safe detonation site that wouldn't have resulted in Soviet civilian harm.

 

Read the article for yourself, a quick summary can't even begin to do justice to how cool and scary this weapon is.

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To Space and Beyond With Nuclear Energy

To Space and Beyond With Nuclear Energy | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

This is by far one of the cooler articles I've come accross in my travels through the nuclear energy blog/news world. It seems almost obvious to me that we should look to nuclear energy as a way for more efficient space travel but in its almost never talked about in the news.

 

This article discusses how nuclear submarines have been extremely successful and that it's almost shocking that these engines haven't found a real market anywhere else. This article presents many interesting viewpoints and I really learned a lot from it. Using nuclear energy in space travel is something that has me excited for the future of space exploration even with the budget for NASA being cut dramatically.

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Nuclear power, shale gas and the Red Queen syndrome - INDEPENDENT VIEWPOINT - Mineweb.com Mineweb

Nuclear power, shale gas and the Red Queen syndrome - INDEPENDENT VIEWPOINT - Mineweb.com Mineweb | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

Rick Mills discusses in this article that abandonding nuclear energy is simply not an option as overall global energy usage continues to rise. The most staggering points lie in the sheer power in energy production that uranium allows. "Nuclear [power] has 2 million times the energy density of gasoline."

 

Based on facts like this it seems to me that we should be focusing even more on nuclear energy instead of shying away from it. Imaging if scientists could find a way to power airplanes and cars through a safe nuclear reaction. While this seems almost impossible, almost every invention has seemed impossible at some point in time. The more investment the government and private sector make in nuclear energy, the more breakthroughs will occur and the safer nuclear energy will become.

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Nuclear Power - How it Works

This video provides an excellent basic description of how a nuclear power plant generates energy. For someone that has minimal scientific knowledge and isn't trained as a nuclear engineer in any way I was easily able to understand what was going on in the video and feel that my overall understanding of nuclear energy production has greatly increased after watching this video.

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Is Nuclear Power A Clean Energy Source? | Earthtechling

Is Nuclear Power A Clean Energy Source? | Earthtechling | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

I chose to include this blog article because it raises a safety point different from the more common, nuclear meltdown/disaster scenario. This article provides both sides of the argument discussing how regulators have made exceptional strides in improving power plant safety since the 1970s Three Mile Island disaster. 

 

However, the other side of the argument discusses how a severe meltdown isn't the only safety factor the public needs to consider. Becuase radioactive fuels like uranium, plutonium and their derivatives will last for hundreds of thousands of years it becomes an extremely difficult task to store them until they are no longer radioactive. Currently, our best option is deep geologic storage (which the article discusses) but there is still strong conflicting opinion regarding the safety of this option.

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South Korean Nuclear Plants Riddled with Substandard Parts

South Korean Nuclear Plants Riddled with Substandard Parts | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

(Thumbnail shows locations of South Korean nuclear power plants)

 

 

This article is incredibly scary. While it doesn't go into much detail it presents a potentially catastrophic problem. South Korea has discovered that most of its nuclear power plants contain faulty parts, which in a worst case scenario could cause an explosion. In my opinion this is extremely concerning especially considering the location of South Korea. Just as Japan was South Korea is situated in the Pacific Ocean near the ring of fire making it susceptible to the same type of disaster as Fukushima. The only bright spot is that the South Korean government has noticed the fraud and will be working quickly to make saftey improvements within the country.

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Nuclear Energy Institute: TEPCO Cleanup and Compensation Costs Could Double

Nuclear Energy Institute: TEPCO Cleanup and Compensation Costs Could Double | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

With the release of the latest 2-year business plan by Tokyo Electric Power Co. it appears that the cleanup from the Fukushima disaster will be even more expensive than originally estimated. Costs are now expected to exceed $100 billion, up from the previously estimated $62.5 billion. It is almost tragic to see how one disaster (fault or no-fault) has caused the demise of such a large and strong company as TEPCO.

 

The rest of the posting moves to discuss other news in the nuclear energy industry. I find an interesting parallel between the nuclear energy industry and the banking system. While their is a strong public opposition to both large Wall Street banks and nuclear power systems, experts in both industries are standing their ground with a strong defense. While the public is calling for the shut down of many nuclear plants industry regulators are continuing relaxed policies allowing reactor operators to ensure reactor safety with minimal new regulations and monitors.

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it is an article from tokyo electric power co.

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Energy News Around the Globe: How can Europe avoid an energy crisis? | Debating Europe

Energy News Around the Globe: How can Europe avoid an energy crisis? | Debating Europe | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

As seen in Japan, the elimination of nuclear power as a country's energy source could have serious consequences for the people of that nation. With energy needs continually growing, combined with tighter regulations around carbon emissions the European Union could be in major trouble trying to meet their energy needs. 

 

Currently, nuclear energy represents ~29% of all energy produced within the EU. Over the coming decades the people of the world will have to determine whether the risk of nuclear meltdown outweighs the benefits provided by clean, renewable energy from nuclear power plants.

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Out of 110,645 Chernobyl clean up workers, 19 might have contracted radiation related leukemia - Atomic Insights

Out of 110,645 Chernobyl clean up workers, 19 might have contracted radiation related leukemia - Atomic Insights | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

This article provides some positive news for proponents of nuclear energy. As the title states, negative health effects specifically relating to Lukemia after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 have actually been pretty minimal. One of the major concerns during any type of nuclear incident revolve around the lasting effects of exposure to radiation; however, it appears that these concerns may actually be unnecessary. While more studies are necessary to confirm the results this is still very good news for nuclear energy supporters

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70 years after first atomic reaction, anti-nuclear movement presses on | Midwest Energy News

70 years after first atomic reaction, anti-nuclear movement presses on | Midwest Energy News | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

While it is no secret that there is still strong anti-nuclear sentiment among the global population today I wanted to include this article because one specific sentence really bothered me:

 

"Oglala Sioux tribal member Charmaine White Face sang and prayed about the harm nuclear power and nuclear weapons have wrought on Native Americans."

 

I wanted to point out the major counterargument that nuclear weapons may actually deter war rather than create destruction. Because so many countries around the world have nuclear capabilities it is clear that any full-scale war effort could effectively destroy the entire earth. Because this terrifying possibility exists this creates the ultimate deterrence to starting another world war. I feel it is ignorant to fail to at least include some mention of this when making alternative arguments.

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Nuclear Power in the ‘Engineering Century’ » White House Chronicle

Nuclear Power in the ‘Engineering Century’ » White House Chronicle | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

This is the keynote address delivered by "White House Chronicle" host Llewellyn King on December 5, 2012.

 

While a little bit over the top, this address discusses the future of the American nuclear power industry. King begins by discussing the current state of American power production and then acknowledges that we will need to see major changes in the American energy landscape moving forward.

 

My favorite part of the article is when she discusses the Fukushima disaster. Quoting Ms. King, " the big, first lesson of Fukushima Daiichi must be a new construct in nuclear; a construct that says, “Imagine the worst credible accident, re-imagine it bigger, and then design against that.”"

 

My opinion on nuclear energy is exemplified by this quote perfectly. While there are major risks to nuclear energy, we have the power to anticipate them and design against them. Nuclear energy cannot be abandoned.

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Grants.gov - Find Grant Opportunities - Opportunity Synopsis

While this isn't necessarily an article discussing nuclear energy, I've included it in case my personal project has been so great (obviously), and someone in this class is interested in pursuing further education in the nuclear industry.

 

This .gov website presents information about appllying for a scholarship from the Department of Energy. While they don't list specific award amounts, any amount is always helpful. I encourage any interested students to check this out.

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Operation IVY MIKE 1952

 

This video provides an account of the first test of the Teller - Ulam design of a thermonuclear bomb. The video starts off with a testimonial be Edward Teller giving a brief description of his thoughts on the bomb.

 

The video continues on as a documentary to show the user exactly what it was like to be involved in the test of the first Hydrogen bomb at Enewetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

 

The video footage of the actual explosion is incredible. The video sums it up best with the line: "If this explosion is successful....we'll have entered the thermonuclear age" Scary, yet very very true. 

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Happy birthday chain reaction!

Happy birthday chain reaction! | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the first sustained reaction generated at the University of Chicago by Enrico Fermi and his team of nuclear physicists and engineers.

 

This accomplishment proved to many doubters that both nuclear energy and an atomic bomb were 100% possible. While much funding had already been committed to the Manhattan Project this accomplishment encouraged the U.S. governement even more and the scientists at Los Alamos and at other labs around the country were granted even more funding for development.

 

I was especially excited about this anniversary because a huge portion of the book I posted earlier "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes discusses the build up to this first ever chain reaction. Once again I encourage everyone to read this article and read the actual novel!

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For what we are... they will be: Nuclear power plant in California was sabotaged

For what we are... they will be: Nuclear power plant in California was sabotaged | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

I've selected to add this article to my curation about nuclear energy as an example of how many online sources are not trustworthy. As highlighted in many of our blog search lectures and class posts, it is difficult to evaulate the source.

 

I found this article through Google Reader, and while at first glance it may seem like a great blog, after further reading one can tell the author is simply misinformed.

 

The author makes claims that nuclear power is unsafe due to unpredictability. By that logic, many valuable things in the world would be deemed unsafe. It is somewhat ignorant to argue against nuclear energy on the basis that laid off workers may eventually sabotage the reactor.

 

To conclude, I'd just like to highlight to everyone that many blogs make unsubstantiated claims. Always check the source of information especially when the author is being overtly negative.

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Uranium ETFs to Play Nuclear Energy Turnaround

Uranium ETFs to Play Nuclear Energy Turnaround | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

While  the uranium and nuclear energy business has been battered down globally, the industry may be poised for a revival with the re-election of President Obama and the lessening fear of nuclear disaster.

 

This bounce back will be led by both India and China, where growth is expected to exceed 25% through 2035. China has initiated a nuclear construction or grid connection every year for the last 6 years and this is not expected to change.

 

While nuclear energy is a great source for these developing countries, special care must be taken to ensure that reactors built in poverty-stricken areas are kept up, and that any safety risks aren't unfairly burdening the poor.

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NEI Nuclear Notes: Aliens or Nuclear Energy –That’s Your Choice

NEI Nuclear Notes: Aliens or Nuclear Energy –That’s Your Choice | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

This is a link to a blog post discussing a Huffington Post article condemning the use of Nuclear Energy, and specifically the lack of concern currently shown by the public about ongoing issues at Fukushima. 

 

This is an excellent post as it shows excepts from the Huntington Post article and debates specific facts and opinions expressed in the article. While this blog doesn't list their sources or explain their credibility they still make excellent logical arguments that I think the basic reader will understand and agree with.

 

I like the stance this article takes, showing that the general public is often sadly misinformed. It is a real problem in today's society, whether relating to incorrect facts in political campaigns or surrounding nuclear energy. The world would be a much better place if all news outlets were honest and 100% correct witht the facts they publish.

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atomic bomb three mile island - Flickr: Search

atomic bomb three mile island - Flickr: Search | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

Using Flickr to run a very simple, quick, easy image search I wanted to show everyone a few pictures relating to the U.S. Atomic Bomb program. I strongly encourage everyone to flip through these photos and try alternate searches as well. I ran a query for [atomic bomb bikini atoll], which was the site of major U.S. nuclear testing.

 

These pictures show everything from the planes used to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to actual images from the explosions of the bombs. The actual explosions are my favorite. Every time I look at them my mind is blown by the sheer power and destruction of the bombs and I'm in awe that something like this actually exists. If you take the time to browse around you definitely will not regret it.

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Australia may need nuclear in future, minister says

Australia may need nuclear in future, minister says | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

Moving away from Europe and Japan, nuclear energy is also a hot topic in Australia. It appears that the overall sentiment in Australia is similar to that of the rest of the world.

 

In this article, Australian leaders comment that they do not feel that nuclear energy needs to be part of the country's current energy production system. Australia is fortunate enough to have sufficient sources of both renewable and fossil fuel energy. 

 

A main takeaway I've noticed from most of the articles that I've read is the constant public opposition to nuclear power. However, there's also the common theme that policy makers are treading lightly on the topic - it seems as though the government realizes the potential for clean sustainable energy and that the overall risks really aren't that high. Unfortunately, because the government answers to the public for their re-election nuclear energy is getting pushed aside in favor of other less efficient sources of energy.

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Prague Daily Monitor: Czechs to carry on using nuclear power

Prague Daily Monitor: Czechs to carry on using nuclear power | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

While all of the previously scooped articles have focused on nuclear energy as an issue to be dealt with on a country by country basis, this posting highlights the fact that nuclear power (and its potentially negative effects) are becoming an increasingly global issue. 

 

Unlike most of the world, the Czech Republic is continuing to expand their nuclear power infrastructure. Due to the location of one of their larger plants in Temelin, ~60 miles from the Austrian border, the Austrian government is not happy with the Czechs regarding the overall safety level at the plant.

 

The article continues to describe the overall conflict and expands upon the strained relations these nations have had since World War II.

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Energy News Around the Globe: Japan's Post-Fukushima Nuclear Energy Conundrum

Energy News Around the Globe: Japan's Post-Fukushima Nuclear Energy Conundrum | Everything Atomic - From the Bomb to Nuclear Power | Scoop.it

While Japan still plans to eliminate all nuclear power production within the country by 2040 they have scaled back their efforts in recent months. 

 

It is becoming more apparent as I read more articles like this that many countries are more dependant on nuclear energy than it appears to teh general public. Especially with difficulties arising around oil production and oil cost, countries can ill afford to lose any of their own internal energy production. By eliminating nuclear power efforts countries are limiting their ability become energy independent.

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