nuclear energy

Rare Project Photos Show The Birth Of The Atomic Age

The US Department Of Energy posted 21 photos onto its Flickr page a few weeks ago about Chicago Pile-1, the site of the first human-made, self-sustaining nuclear reaction, located in Chicago.


Editorial From 1925 Predicted Decline Of Coal, Rise Of Atomic Energy

Coal has been keeping our lights on and our houses warm for centuries. But coal’s inherent messiness — both in mining it and burning it — has always been a problem. So it’s no surprise that many people today advocate for cleaner alternatives. What may come as a surprise, however, is that some people were dreaming of a cleaner energy future nearly a century ago.


Charting How We Talk About Our Nuclear Age

In the storied history of human language, the idea of nuclear energy has been around for less than a blink of an eye. But even in that relatively short time, the way we’ve discussed all things nuclear has evolved dramatically.


Bill Gates's New Mission: Zero CO2 Emissions

At the TED Conference last year Bill Gates unleashed a swarm of mosquitoes to demonstrate a point about malaria. This year, he’s taking on CO2 in a big way. And he brought fireflies.


192 Laser Beams Combined To Form One Megajoule Laser Shot

The folks at the national Ignition Facility decided to demonstrate fusion by focusing the energy of 192 super powerful lasers onto a tiny target. Well, they certainly proved their concept by producing a one megajoule laser shot. Yeah, that’s pretty powerful.


Thorium, The Next Uranium

Wired has a fairly epic look into a material that could make nuclear power both clean and safe called thorium – named after the Norse god of thunder. Of course, scientists recognised its promise back in the 1950s.


These Nuclear Reactor Charts Will Help You Take Over The World

Once upon a time, I wanted to be an evil mastermind and take over the world. My plans were foiled because I knew nothing about the inner workings of nuclear reactors. Oh, if only these charts were posted back then.


The China Syndrome And Why We Wussed Out On Nuclear Power

The China Syndrome was a movie about how dangerous nuclear power plants are that, fortunately for the producers, came out 12 days before the Three Mile Island disaster. You can thank it for why we’re still reliant on coal power.