BURN: Nuclear

Major Sources of Energy: Their Advantages and Disadvantages

There is no easy answer to what is the best source of energy or electricity. Is the priority reliability, affordability, the economy, international human rights, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, preserving environmental resources, or human health?

 

 

 

 

 

It’s undeniable that today — whether we like it or not — humans…

April 22, 2012 more »

THE BURN BLOG: April 13, 2012

Nuclear energy faces economic challenges in the U.S. Natural gas, thanks to the low price, is projected to be a less costly alternative for electricity production in the next few years. It would be dangerous for the U.S. to put all of its energy eggs in one basket. We need a diverse and less carbon-intensive energy matrix. These are important reasons for energy policy makers to keep nuclear as a viable option within the total mix.

April 13, 2012 more »

What Is A Nuclear Reaction?

A little bit about nuclear fission and fusion, radioactivity, isotopes, and half-lives.

April 12, 2012 more »

The Energy Idea – A blog from the University of Texas at Austin

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In a week of remembrances about last year’s events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant it is surprising how little has been said about the Fukushima Fifty. “Fukushima Fifty” was the name the Japanese and international media applied to the group of plant workers and emergency responders who, on the morning of March 15th, stayed behind to man the control systems and the site while the bulk of the plant’s employees were relocated.

April 9, 2012 more »

THE BURN BLOG: February 27, 2012

Dale Klein, Ph.D.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost a year since a titanic earthquake and tsunami crippled northeastern Japan, triggering a partial meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. While much of the resulting media coverage has focused on the events at Fukushima, the true tragedy is that nearly 20,000 people were killed from the earthquake and tsunami. In contrast, we have not learned of any deaths or significant injuries from radiation exposure, though that could change over time.

April 9, 2012 more »

Don’t Forget The Fukushima Fifty

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“We’ll form a suicide squad to do it.”  ~ Masao Yoshida, Fukushima Daiichi Plant Chief responding to Prime Minister Nato…

March 23, 2012 more »

THE BURN BLOG: March 23, 2012

In a week of remembrances about last year’s events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant it is surprising how little has been said about the Fukushima Fifty. “Fukushima Fifty” was the name the Japanese and international media applied to the group of plant workers and emergency responders who, on the morning of March 15th, stayed behind to man the control systems and the site while the bulk of the plant’s employees were relocated.

March 23, 2012 more »

ABOUT Robert Jacobs

Robert Jacobs, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute at Hiroshima City University. He is the author of March 20, 2012 more »

SLIDESHOW: Cori in the Salt Dome

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March 9, 2012 more »

Types of Radiation: Alpha, beta, gamma, x, neutron

March 7, 2012 more »