I was on a road trip last week with a co-worker, and through a long, circuitous route from diesel engines to hydrogen fuel cells, we got onto the topic of electricity generation. At some point, he opined that the only viable solution was solar power, and he couldn’t understand why the government wasn’t [...]
Construction of the K-25 Plant with one of the original homes in the area.
Within 3 years, the government had built a bustling city. One that technically didn’t exist, yet was important to our understanding of the atom. Technically called the Clinton Engineer Works, the name Oak Ridge was chosen in 1943 to give the town a more civilian sounding name.
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In east Tennessee is the idyllic town you see above. It looks like any other small town in America. In 1945 it had a population of 75,000. Ten schools fed children’s brains. Seventeen restaurants and thirteen supermarkets fed their bellies. A library, churches, parks, sporting facilities adn even a symphony orchestra make it hard to distinguish from any other small town. Except for one big thing.
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It’s good to have friends.
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The CANDU fuel cycle: It eats everything and emits only rainbows and a hint of pine scent.
One of the safest and most efficient nuclear power plant types is the Canadian designed CANDU reactor. CANDU stands for CANada Deuterium Uranium, which basically means that Deuterium is a real thing and not (as previously [...]
It's so soothing!
This is what the inside of a nuclear reactor looks like. Yes, really.
Specifically, this photo comes from the inside of the PULSTAR reactor in North Carolina. This is primarily a research reactor, with an output of only 1MW. Relative to other pool-type reactors using similar technology, it is an [...]