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Nuclear Matinee: Can We Make a Star on Earth?

The Sun is powered by the strongest source of energy in the universe – nuclear fusion – and teams of scientists and engineers around the world are working toward harnessing fusion to power the long-term future of civilization.  In effect… they...

Posted November 3, 2013    

Nuclear Matinee: Dr. Ernest Moniz at the Switch Energy Project

The ANS Nuclear Cafe Matinee today visits the Switch Energy Project and its impressive array of interviews with world-class energy experts.Dr. Ernest Moniz, now US Secretary of Energy, offers some words on the rationale behind government...

Posted September 15, 2013    

Nuclear Matinee - Bill Gates: "I Love Nuclear" [VIDEO]

For faithful viewers of the ANS Nuclear Matinee—an instant classic from not so long ago, starring Microsoft founder, philanthropist, and nuclear energy enthusiast (and investor) Bill Gates.Gates is a prominent investor in the nuclear reactor...

Posted August 31, 2013    

James Hansen on Nuclear Energy [VIDEO]

James Hansen, former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, earlier this year co-authored a study that conservatively estimated that nuclear power has saved 1.8 million lives since 1971 that otherwise would have been lost due to...

Posted August 12, 2013    

Vogtle Nuclear Energy Plant Construction Time-Lapse [VIDEO]

A new time-lapse video shows early site preparation and containment vessel bottom head placement at the Plant Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Georgia. Two new nuclear power reactors are scheduled to begin operations at Plant Vogtle...

Posted July 27, 2013    

TEPCO Faces New Setbacks at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

By Will DavisTokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has found itself thrust into the spotlight again over the last two weeks as a series of events at and around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station have triggered a large volume of negative...

Posted July 26, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Videos: Uranium Mining and Milling

It’s hot out!  Across much of the United States, the largest heat wave of the summer has been stagnating all week.This would be a good time to head to a cool underground… uranium mine?Well, yes, this is where the nuclear energy fuel cycle...

Posted July 21, 2013    

Energy Risk: Cost/Benefit Analyses of Nuclear Requirements

In this post I will expand on some of the themes I’ve been discussing in several previous posts – concerning what’s really needed to bring down nuclear’s costs, allow it to grow in the future, and contribute to reductions in CO2 emissions and...

Posted July 19, 2013    

Nuclear Matinee: 86 Seconds On Nuclear Energy & Gumballs [VIDEO]

This is a simply excellent video on nuclear energy for a wide audience. How much and how well can one person communicate on nuclear energy in less than 90 seconds? Click play to find out:For good measure, Sam the Answer Man tackles energy...

Posted July 15, 2013    

Nuclear Energy: Fading Away or Powering Up?

Richard K. Lester, Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s “Here & Now” live midday news program on Monday, July 8.  In this lively and...

Posted July 11, 2013    

Dangerous Precedent or Slippery Slope?

By Howard ShafferThe governor of Vermont last year established the “Energy Generating Siting Policy Commission” after citizens protested  a proposed wind farm (meanwhile, the legislature proposed a wind farm moratorium bill). The main purpose...

Posted June 13, 2013    

The Bigger Picture: Nuclear Energy vs. Fossil Fuels

By Jim HopfAs I discussed last fall, a federal appeals court ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to perform more thorough evaluations in support of its new Waste Confidence Rule, particularly with respect to the potential impacts of long-term...

Posted June 12, 2013