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Nuclear energy: enabling production of food, fiber, hydrocarbon biofuels, and negative carbon emissions
In the 1960s, Alvin Weinberg at Oak Ridge National Laboratory initiated a series of studies on nuclear agro-industrial complexes1 to address the needs of the world’s growing population. Agriculture was a central component of these studies, as it must be. Much of the emphasis was on desalination of seawater to provide fresh water for irrigation of crops. Remarkable advances have lowered the cost of desalination to make that option viable in countries like Israel. Later studies2 asked the question, are there sufficient minerals (potassium, phosphorous, copper, nickel, etc.) to enable a prosperous global society assuming sufficient nuclear energy? The answer was a qualified “yes,” with the caveat that mineral resources will limit some technological options. These studies were defined by the characteristic of looking across agricultural and industrial sectors to address multiple challenges using nuclear energy.
Richard Moore, Eric N. Brown
Nuclear Technology | Volume 207 | Number 1 | December 2021 | Pages S222-S230
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2021.1905463
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Prewar work on the hydrodynamics of explosives and U.S./UK scientific cooperation well beyond Los Alamos contributed to the design of the explosive lenses for the Trinity gadget. Researchers were deliberately brought together and encouraged to share ideas by the leaders of the wartime laboratory. James Tuck, one of the British mission scientists, made particularly interesting contributions in this area, but this paper is not a claim of British or any other individual parentage. Rather, it highlights the importance of collaboration at Los Alamos and more widely.