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Review: "Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock that Shaped the World"

Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock that Shaped the World, by Tom ZoellnerI recently have had a bit of down time in the transition to my new career (having finished my Ph.D. and waiting to begin my new job at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in...

Posted September 29, 2011    

Texas' Record Electricity Demand Creates Battling Headlines about Wind Power

Last Wednesday, August 3rd, saw a new record set in the ERCOT electricity service area. ERCOT wasted no time in putting some data from these events online. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), put up a blog post titled Wind helps meet new...

Posted August 9, 2011    

Studies Show Thorium Can Be Used In Many Different Reactor Types

The sustainability of the nuclear fuel cycle will be an eventual threat to the expansion of nuclear power, even if Uranium is cheap at the moment. As mentors of mine have argued, if we can't move to a more advanced fuel cycle, nuclear power will...

Posted August 2, 2011    

An IAEA perspective on Fukushima

I recently had the pleasure to attend a lecture by Randy Beatty (who has been affiliated with the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] for some time), focusing upon the IAEA's perspective on Fukushima, particularly in terms of our current...

Posted July 18, 2011    

Are Small Modular Reactors A Nuclear Economics Game-Changer?

My colleague (and member of my dissertation committee) Dr. David McNelis had an excellent Op-Ed in the Raleigh News and Observer yesterday touting the safety and economics advantages of small modular reactors (SMRs). A snippet:In contrast to a...

Posted June 28, 2011