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Indian Point: More Nuts than Bolts

Manna Jo Greene | Posted 04.11.2016 | Green
Manna Jo Greene

The aging, leaking Indian Point Energy Center has been operating with an expired license since 2013. Since that time it has been lurching from crisi...

A Fukushima on the Hudson?

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Ellen Cantarow

In both Chernobyl and Fukushima, before disaster began to unfold, few imagined that such a catastrophe was possible. In the United States, too, despite the knowledge since 1945 that nuclear power, at war or in peacetime, holds dangers of a stunning sort, the general attitude remains: it can't happen here.

A Young Pakistani Physicist Who Loves Nuclear Reactors

Raza Rumi | Posted 10.26.2016 | World
Raza Rumi

Shabbar is a mild-mannered young man of immense talents. As a student of Physics at Reed College, Portland, Oregon he became an ardent student of the science behind nuclear reactors.

Fukushima: What Have We Learned?

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Bob Burnett

On March 11, 2011, Japan experienced a 9.0 earthquake. The six nuclear plants at Fukushima Daiichi survived the quake but were swamped by a 45-foot wave that overwhelmed the 19-foot seawalls. In the ensuing three years, we learned four grim truths.

A Letter to Our Leaders on Iran's Nuclear Program

Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo

According to international regulations and treaty obligations, Iran has a right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. This right must actually be explicitly recognized, which means Iran would be able to enrich uranium up to 5 percent.

Why Kodak Kept A Nuclear Reactor In Its Basement

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 05.14.2012 | Technology

When someone says "Kodak," you're probably more apt to think "camera" than "nuclear reactor." But, apparently, Kodak had both cameras and a nuclear re...

Lucia Graves

Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant Wins First Reactor Construction Permit In A Generation | Lucia Graves | Posted 02.09.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal safety officials voted 4-to-1 to approve the first nuclear reactor construction permit in almost 35 years, overriding U.S. Nucle...

For Tipton, When Does "Reasonably Well" Become "Horribly Catastrophic"?

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.20.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Rep. Scott Tipton said last week that Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactors "held up reasonably well" after being struck by an earthquake and tsunami. So they could have been flattened, yes. But did they really hold up reasonably well?

11 Scientific Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Clifford Pickover | Posted 12.19.2011 | Books
Clifford Pickover

I was aware of many of the modern mind-boggling theories of physics, ranging from parallel universes to relativity and string theory. But I also became especially intrigued about discoveries that date back many centuries.

Breakdown Of Cooling System At Fukushima

Posted 07.28.2011 | World

(Reuters) - The system to cool the nuclear reactor and fuel pool has stopped at the No. 5 unit of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant in northe...

In The Public Interest: An Unacceptable Risk, Two Decades of "Close Calls," Leaks and Other Problems at U.S. Nuclear Reactors

Johanna Neumann | Posted 05.29.2011 | Green
Johanna Neumann

The nuclear crisis in Japan is a terrifying reminder of all that can go wrong at a nuclear power plant. The United States must move away from this inherently dangerous technology and towards safer energy sources.

In The Public Interest:Tragedy in Japan a Terrifying Reminder of the Risks of Nuclear Power

Johanna Neumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Johanna Neumann

As we decide our energy future, we must decide if we are willing to have a situation like Fukushima happen here in the United States. And if the answer to that question is no, our country has no choice but to reject nuclear power.

Chris Kirkham

Japan Crisis Highlights U.S. Nuclear Safety Issues | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The nuclear crisis in Japan has prompted a re-examination of the safety net for nuclear power in the United States, with former regulators and safety ...

Japanese Government Warns Those Nearby Plant To Stay Indoors

AP/The Huffington Post | By ERIC TALMADGE and SHINO YUASA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SOMA, Japan -- Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tue...

China And Pakistan Announce Nuclear Deal While Obama Visits India

The Telegraph | Rob Crilly in Islamabad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pakistan and China deepened their relationship on Monday when it emerged there were plans for a fifth Chinese-built nuclear reactor. The revelation wa...

Gucci Employee Constructs Nuclear Reactor In Brooklyn Warehouse

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

If you thought working for Gucci was the most impressive facet of web developer Mark Suppes' resume, think again. The 32-year-old New Yorker has jus...

Bill Gates Invests $35 Million In Nuclear Reactor

MarketWatch | John Letzing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates has contributed to an additional $35 million investment round for TerraPower LLC, a...

The Human Costs of Nuclear Power

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alec Baldwin

Utility reactors all over the country pose grave dangers for those living nearby. There are no safe levels of exposure to the byproducts created by the generation of reactors currently in use.

How Do You Say "Oh Crap!" in Chinese?

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

If the American coal industry could sell outdated, pollution-spewing, coal-fired power plants to China, could the nuclear power industry do the same thing?

Japanese Firms To Develop Small Nuclear Reactors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Toshiba Corp. is developing an ultra-compact reactor with an output of about 10,000 kilowatts and has started procedures for approval in the United St...

Cash for Coal Anyone?

Steve Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Kirsch

Since the "Cash for Clunkers" program was so successful in stimulating demand for new autos, why not use the same concept to stimulate the demand for new clean power plants to replace dirty coal?

Add a Gigawatt a Day to Keep the Climate Crisis at Bay

Steve Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Kirsch

If we think we're going to make the goal from solar, wind, and other renewables alone, we must be smoking something. Every clean power technology, including nuclear, has to play a role.

North Korea Re-Starts Plutonium Production

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Crandell

While the United States deals with a potential economic meltdown, North Korea has decided to restart plutonium production at its five-megawatt nuclear reactor.

North Korea Responds To Bush's Letter

MSNBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House said Friday that it had received a verbal reply through diplomatic channels to President Bush's letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong...

Will First Nuclear Reactor Become A National Park?

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

He was simply known as Mr. Farmer, and for three days he sat at a drafting table in a small office off the control room and used a slide rule and grap...