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What Bikini Atoll Looks Like Today
Nearly 60 years after the last of 23 nuclear explosions in its land, air and water, Bikini Atoll again looks like the idyllic Pacific paradise it was in 1946 — a bracelet of sandy, palm-covered islets encircling an azure lagoon. But it doesn’t take long to pick up on Bikini’s enduring eeriness, says Stanford biology professor Stephen Palumbi,..Using the navigation device, they then boated around the perimeter of the missing coral to estimate how much mass had been hurled heavenward. “It’s equivalent to 216 Empire State Buildings being blown into the sky,” Palumbi says...near the crater’s rim, they encountered something even more astonishing to behold: a reassembling ecosystem, including schools of large fish, reef sharks and robust coral, which may have begun life as little as a decade after the area’s annihilation.“We found, much to our surprise, not just scattered corals, but very abundant, big healthy coral communities “The terrible history of Bikini Atoll is an ironic setting for research that might help people live longer,” Palumbi says. “By understanding how corals could have recolonized the radiation-filled bomb craters, maybe we can discover something new about keeping DNA intact.”
nuclear  environment  history 
2 days ago by thomas.kochi
A Dusty Plasma Based Fission Fragment Nuclear Reactor/Rocket - ppt video online download
Uses nano particles of fuel, so works sorta like a gas reactor but with less headaches in theory...
DPFFRE  dusty  plasma  fission  fragment  nuclear  reactor  rocket  nanoparticle  fuel 
10 days ago by asteroza
(PDF) Efficient, Visible Photon Sources Driven by Nuclear Reaction Products and Their Coupling To Remotely-Located Solid-State Lasers
Using nuclear reactors as photon pump sources for solid state lasers. Overall fission to laser efficiencies of 7 to 35% thanks to a fluorescer intermediary and green Nd:YAG:Cr solid state laser
nuclear  photon  source  solid  state  laser 
10 days ago by asteroza
(PDF) Concept of an Accelerator-Driven Advanced Nuclear Energy System
This is that chinese ASDR concept using solid micrograins as a pumpable solid coolant that doubles as the neutron spallation target for the particle accelerator. Apparently there were concerns over the thermal shock from a beam trip event requiring a more robust neutron target.
china  ADANES  ADSR  accelerator  driven  subcritical  nuclear  reactor  solid  grain  cooling  coolant  neturon  spallation  target 
10 days ago by asteroza
Coal, nuclear could see boost in New England this winter as new tariff goes into effect | Utility Dive
The short-term tariff could "potentially undermine" the ISO-NE's Competitive Auctions with Sponsored Policy Resources (CASPR) program, also intended to promote grid reliability, according to Avi Zevin, attorney at New York University's Institute for Policy Integrity.
utilitydive  coal  nuclear  iso-ne  fuelsecurity  ferc  tariff 
11 days ago by eversourcenh
Ronald McCoy, the Malaysian founder behind Nobel prize-winning anti-nuclear group Ican, SE Asia News
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The horrific bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki came as good news for then 15-year-old Datuk Ronald McCoy, the Malaysian who was the brains behind the Nobel prize-winning anti-nuclear group Ican.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
KEY/FOUNDATIONAL  Nuclear 
13 days ago by stevemccoy

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