At a symposium held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers this week, a team of MIT engineers will present an idea that seems to tempt fate: a floating nuclear reactor, anchored out at sea, that would be immune to tsunamis and earthquakes. Is it really that crazy of a plan?
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While there's no doubt that the nuclear crisis in Fukushima back in 2011 could have been avoided, a recent discovery suggests that this week's extended blackout was entirely out of their of hands. Instead, the loss of power lies in the diabolical paws of a now deceased, foresight-lacking rat.
A nuclear power plant in Southern California is being swarmed by legions of jellyfish-like creatures. CAN THEY BE STOPPED?
Ever since Fukushima, nuclear power has not been a warmly received concept when it comes to energy solutions. But still, small modular reactors have remained one iteration of nuclear power that people are optimistic about due to their relative safety and manageability. That's why the US Department of Energy has entered into partnerships with the top SMR makers to help nurture the tiny wonders.
Just when you thought it was over, the temperature at reactor number 2 at Fukushima's nuclear plant has soared 26.7C in the last few hours. Worse: they don't know why the temperature is increasing after being stabilised for so long.
What do you do when you've run out of things to spend money on, and everyone already uses your software? How about developing a nuclear plant with China? Sure! Bill Gates is doing just that, the AP reports. For science?
On a quest to prove that security measures surrounding nuclear facilities are ill-considered, nine Greenpeace activists broke into a French nuclear power plant and hung a banner that said "HEY" and "EASY" on it. Even after Greenpeace told police about the stunt, it took them several hours to track them down.
Japan is hoping to have the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant safely shuttered by the end of the year, but a little radioactive wrench just got dropped: inspectors have discovered evidence of very recent fission. That's bad news.
Fishermen in Córdoba, Argentina caught a three-eyed wolf fish in a reservoir fed by a local nuclear power plant, which will surely hinder the plant's owner's attempt to run for local office.
Things could have been more dramatic during the August 23 US east coast earthquake. Not Fukushima level bad, but bad. 25 of 27 spent uranium casks were shaken up to four inches off their place. Apparently, the quake "potentially exceeded" the plant's design.
More proof that March's crisis persists: the Japanese government's found deadly cesium isotopes near the Fukushima district courthouse — that's over 96km from the plant. What's worse, the radioactive gunk contained over 20 times the "safe limit" of cesium.
After decades of sterling grins and nuclear juice, TEPCO is finally being realised as the crooked, careless atom-monger it is. Jake Adelstein and Stephanie Nakajima detail the Fukushima-botching monopoly's glowing green underbelly over at The Atlantic Wire.
The good news: Nebraska's Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station is staying dry despite being surrounded by tremendous flooding. The bad news: Nebraska's Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station is surrounded by tremendous flooding and a history of safety mistakes.
Nuclear plants in the US are getting older and becoming more unstable with age, even as we demand more power of them. Meanwhile, population growth around these powerhouses has skyrocketed, by as much as a factor of four in some places. Say you live in one of these cities. In the event of an emergency, how likely is it that you'll get out in time?