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German Nuclear Fusion Reactor Passes Major Test

In December of 2015, the Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany successfully activated one of the worlds largest nuclear fusion reactors, the Wendelstein 7-X (W 7-X) Stellerator, for the first time. 842 more words

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STEM-ing from Greatness

Lise Meitner

Born: November 7, 1878, in Vienna, Austria

Died: October 27, 1968, in Cambridge, England

Alma Mater: University of Vienna

Profession: Physicist

Notable Discovery:  843 more words

Nuclear Fusion: a unicorn or the next industrial revolution? Part II

In the first part of this double article we’ve seen that achieving nuclear fusion is indeed possible. Well… at least in the lab. In this second part, as promised, we’ll take a look at the technologies which hope to take Nuclear Fusion out of the lab and into our (very real) World, where lobbies, budgets, competition, standardization and national interests have to be taken into account. 2,135 more words

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The Monthly Scientist: Miss October

This months scientist is recognised for the discovery of nuclear fission although never officially. She was also the first female professor at the university of Berlin. 267 more words

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Nuclear Fusion: a unicorn or the next industrial revolution? Part I (EN/PT)

The world of the atom carries many names. Some of them are famous, like Rutherford, Bohr or Fermi, but there were many others, both before (such as… 3,920 more words

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Scientific American joins the Push for Emission Free Nuclear Power

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Scientific American reports increasing interest in using nuclear power to lower US CO2 emissions – but Presidential wannabe Bernie Sanders has vowed to decommission all US nuclear power plants. 739 more words

Nuclear Power

T. Madigan reblogged this on Astronomy Topic Of The Day and commented:

[caption id="attachment_4085" align="alignleft" width="222"]Susquehanna steam electric nuclear power station Pennsylvania Power and Light's Susquehanna Nuclear Power station[/caption] This article is a “reblog” of a piece that recently appeared on Anthony Watts’ Climate Skeptic’s Blog, “Watts Up With That”. Scientific American has always been a reliable source for great science reporting and on-target insight; this story is consistent with that legacy. In spite of advances in solar energy generation, most notably with the deployment of solar-thermal power stations (please see my article describing this new technology highlighting the Ivanpah solar-thermal power station in the Mojave Desert), carbon-emissions free Nuclear power is the only viable alternative to fill the major gaps in energy generation as we move away from carbon-based sources. Modern “Fast Breeder Reactors” for the most part, eliminate the need for nuclear waste disposal. The most common breeding reaction is that of plutonium-239 from non-fissionable uranium-238. The term "fast breeder" refers to the types of configurations which can actually produce more fissionable fuel than they use. My only exception to this article is the author’s comment

"I am concerned the nuclear industry are using the climate 'emergency' to promote their product"

With Carbon emissions being the highest since the demise of the dinosaurs, Climate Change remains one of the greatest existential threats to life on this planet that humanity has ever faced. Although I support Bernie Sanders and consider him the only real choice for the next President of the United States, he’s wrong on Nuclear Power. In a previous piece, I discuss why science has to be a priority for the next US President.
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The world is mismanaged - What happened to cheap fission power?

When fission was possible, it was holy grail for scientists and philosophers. Not because of its destructive powers, but because of its potential for immense energy. 220 more words