On January 31, 2013, about 30 lucky members of the Virginia section of the American Nuclear Society heard a series of informative tales from one of the many innovative pioneers of the First Atomic Age. Clay Condit, a man overflowing with personal memories of important nuclear energy milestones-like the initial start-up of the Submarine Thermal Reactor and the post accident analysis of the SL-1 tragedy-entertained the assembled members for a little more than an hour.
February 5, 2013, 1:30PMANS Nuclear Cafe
January 18, 2013, 5:18PMANS Nuclear Cafe
December 14, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The 800 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity produced by the 104 nuclear reactors in the United States each year -- all while emitting no greenhouse gases -- is by far America's biggest source of green energy. And this abundant energy source can become even greener by recycling used nuclear fuel.
December 5, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The 2013 ANS Topical Meeting on Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2013) will be held February 25-28, 2013, at the Albuquerque Marriott in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
December 2, 2012, 6:09PMANS Nuclear Cafe
The weekend of December 1-2, 2012, sees three events of note relative to the history of nuclear energy.
November 30, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
A joint Department of Energy and NASA team has demonstrated a simple, robust fission reactor prototype [note: see Comments for more accurate and complete description] intended for development for future space exploration missions. The DUFF (Demonstration Using Flattop Fissions) experiment represents the first demonstration in the United State-since 1965-of a space nuclear reactor system to produce electricity.
October 25, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
August 17, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
August 1, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
July 13, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Very highly recommended. On December 2, 1942, 49 scientists, led by Enrico Fermi, made history when Chicago Pile 1 (CP-1) went "critical" and produced the world's first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction.
June 6, 2012, 7:05PMANS Nuclear Cafe
On Wednesday, June 6, Dr. Mark T. Peters appeared on behalf of the American Nuclear Society before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Peters is the Deputy Laboratory Director for Programs at Argonne National Laboratory and testified at the invitation of the subcommittee.
April 23, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
David Pointer, principal nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory and the founding chair of the American Nuclear Society's Young Members Group (YMG), was honored with the 2012 ANS Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant technical contributions in any one of the many engineering disciplines served by ANS. The contributions can be in the form of a new principle, concept, design, method of analysis, product emanating from research or development, or from effective application of engineering knowledge to yield a commercial service or product needed in the nuclear energy enterprise.
February 20, 2012, 10:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
Eric Loewen, president of the American Nuclear Society, kept up his rapid pace last week as he visited the ANS local section in Aiken, S.C., on February 15, and the one in Charlotte, N.C., on February 16. Loewen, as the featured speaker at the meetings of the two sections, presented his personal talk titled "Plutonium: Promise or Peril".
February 6, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Soon after declaring that it would end the Yucca Mountain repository project, the Obama administration created the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future to reevaluate the nation's nuclear waste program and policies. The commission was asked to recommend improvements to the waste program and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), and to make general recommendations on the path forward. The commission was specifically instructed to not address the Yucca Mountain project, or any specific project or site. The commission's final report was released this month.
January 26, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The utility is assessing options to use it
January 24, 2012, 8:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
January 23, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
(This article summarizes a paper presented by the author at the ASME 2011 Small Modular Reactors Symposium)
January 19, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
It is the latest in a series of deadly attacks
January 5, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Congress trims funding while adding new priorities
December 22, 2011, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
An advanced reactor could be used to consume 112 tonnes of weapons grade material