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Sagan, S.D.: The Limits of Safety: Organizations, Accidents, and Nuclear Weapons (Paperback) | Princeton University Press
Via Steven Bellovin

"Environmental tragedies such as Chernobyl and the Exxon Valdez remind us that catastrophic accidents are always possible in a world full of hazardous technologies. Yet, the apparently excellent safety record with nuclear weapons has led scholars, policy-makers, and the public alike to believe that nuclear arsenals can serve as a secure deterrent for the foreseeable future. In this provocative book, Scott Sagan challenges such optimism. Sagan's research into formerly classified archives penetrates the veil of safety that has surrounded U.S. nuclear weapons and reveals a hidden history of frightening "close calls" to disaster."
books  risk-assessment  nuclear  safety 
october 2017 by pierredv
A Radioactive Pen in Your Pocket? Sure! - IEEE Spectrum
In an era of atomic cars and atomic planes, Parker’s 1958 Atomic Pen probably seemed like a good idea

The Atomic Pen used radioactive isotopes to heat the ink to produce various line widths. Or it would have, except no production units were ever made
IEEE-Spectrum  history  nuclear  atomic 
november 2016 by pierredv
“Too Cheap to Meter” Nuclear Power Revisited - IEEE Spectrum - Sep 2016
I still cannot improve on my evaluation from about 10 years ago: a “successful failure.”

"The project to generate electricity from fission stalled during the 1980s, as demand for electricity in affluent economies fell and problems with nuclear power plants multiplied. And three failures were worrisome: Accidents at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, in 1979; at Chernobyl in Ukraine, in 1986; and at Fukushima in Japan, in 2011, provided further evidence for those opposed to fission under any circumstances.

Meanwhile, there have been cost overruns in the construction of nuclear plants and a frustrating inability to come up with an acceptable way to store spent nuclear fuel. Nor has there been much success in switching to reactors that might be safer and less expensive than the dominant design of pressurized water reactors, which are essentially beached versions of U.S. Navy submarine designs of the 1950s."
IEEE-Spectrum  nuclear  electricity  energy  history  quotes 
october 2016 by pierredv
Stanislav Petrov’s real life restaged -
A Russian colonel who averted nuclear apocalypse is the latest to play himself in a style of filming that is part documentary, part method acting
FT  Russia  profile  people  story  nuclear  cold-war  film  documentary 
may 2015 by pierredv
Total safety an illusion for Japan's nuclear restart - opinion - 03 December 2014 - New Scientist
"Two key questions come to the fore in such an earthquake-prone region: which hazards can nuclear plants withstand, and can society as a whole live with the risks posed by hazards that plants cannot withstand? The latter is an inherently political question." "Both pro- and anti-nuclear advocates have argued that nuclear plants should be restarted if and only if they can withstand a "worst-case" scenario – albeit with each side trying to game the definition of the worst case. This may sound sensible, but it is logically flawed. When it comes to natural hazards there is no "worst case"."
NewScientist  risk-assessment  opinion  pollution  politics  worst-case  nuclear 
april 2015 by pierredv
Nuclear risk centre opens in Japan - Oct 2014
"The Nuclear Risk Research Centre (NRRC) - set up by Japan's Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) in Tokyo - was officially opened on 1 October. It has a staff of some 110. Most of NRRC's research activities will be conducted at CRIEPI's facilities in Tokyo and Chiba." - "Former US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) commissioner George Apostolakis is head of NRRC. Richard Meserve, a former NRC chairman, will serve as executive advisor while John Stetkar, currently chairman of the NRC's advisory committee on reactor safeguards, will chair NRRC's technical advisory committee."
Japan  nuclear  risk 
march 2015 by pierredv
Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl on Vimeo
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl whilst working for CBS News on a '60 Minutes' episode which aired on Nov. 23, 2014. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Michael Gavshon and David Levine, producers. For the full story
Chernobyl  video  vimeo  drone  nuclear  Pripyat 
december 2014 by pierredv
Fukushima disaster not unforeseen-NRC commissioner | Reuters Aug 2011
* Japan nuclear disaster not "unthinkable"-Apostolakis * Fukushima not designed to withstand historical tsunamis * "We have time to think and be methodical" * Wants senior staff to evaluate options in 45 days * NRC could still meet Chairman Jaczko's 90-day goal
nuclear  risk  Fukushima  George  Apostolakis 
june 2014 by pierredv
Bill Gates: Don't dismiss nuclear energy - Fortune Tech#more-58900
"At WIRED's Disruptive by Design Business Conference today, Bill Gates discussed the current state of energy and potential technology replacements for oil and coal.
Gates suggested there's much more potential for nuclear energy, despite the recent disaster with Japan's Fukushima reactor. As he sees it, nuclear has a "factor million" of energy creation compared with coal. And as he quipped, "coal plants kill, but they only kill a few at a time, which is highly preferred by politicians.""
energy  nuclear  coal  x:cnn  BillGates  via:gmsv  quotations 
may 2011 by pierredv
Fossil fuels are far deadlier than nuclear power - tech - 23 March 2011 - New Scientist
Strap: "Nuclear power kills many fewer people than other energy sources, according to a review by the International Energy Agency"
nuclear  coal  energy  risk  myth  psychology  safety  NewScientist 
april 2011 by pierredv
A Quarter Century after Chernobyl: Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"Wild boar are particularly susceptible to radioactive contamination due to their predilection for chomping on mushrooms and truffles, which are particularly efficient at absorbing radioactivity" Via Martin Weiss
Germany  environment  health  nuclear  DerSpiegel 
august 2010 by pierredv
"1945-1998" by Isao Hashimoto: CTBTO Preparatory Commission
a bird's eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second
history  visualization  nuclear  atomic  music 
july 2010 by pierredv

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