4 results for month: 07/2007


Ternary Mixture Modeling

A ternary mixture is a three-part mixture of some substance. Ternary mixtures are especially important in fluoride reactors because there are some three-part mixtures that have very attractive properties. A three-part mixture of lithium, beryllium, and uranium fluorides can be used as a fuel in a fluoride reactor.The lithium and beryllium fluorides are mixed together to make an attractive "solvent" for the uranium fluoride...much like the water in salt water. Uranium tetrafluoride, all by itself, has a melting point of 1035 degrees Celsius. Lithium fluoride all by itself has a melting temperature of 848 degrees Celsius. But when you mix LiF, BeF2, ...

Nuclear Power Plants in Utah

Every morning I read the online editions of the two main papers in Salt Lake City, because I was born and raised in Utah and want to keep up with what's going on in my boyhood home. This morning there was a very interesting article:Deseret News: Utah nuclear plant construction a step closerI had no idea anyone was really seriously thinking about putting a nuclear power plant in Utah. For many years now, the state has fought the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Native Americans from building a dry-cask storage site on their tribal lands. Personally, I can't understand why they would be so terrified of dry-cask-stored nuclear waste and yet be fine with ...

These little earthquakes…here we go again…

About this time ten years ago, I bought a copy of the Tori Amos album Little Earthquakes. I listened to it over and over, especially the title track, which conveys the sense of pain and desperation that I felt back then over what I thought was heartache. I was living in the high desert of California, by myself for the first time ever in my life, and Tori's pained lyrics seemed to go so well with my emotional state.Oooh these little earthquakes...here we go again.Doesn't take much to rip us into pieces.After I met my wife eight years ago, Tori went back in the big box of CDs, where she has remained until a few weeks ago. I dug her out and started ...

Coming Around Again…

Hello Friends,Thank you so much for your kind words of sympathy and support. The last 18 days have been the most horrible of my life. Mornings where you wake up and have a few seconds of normalcy before the terrible memory of loss returns. Evenings where your arms ache to hold a child who is not there anymore. Nights spent on your knees in prayer asking "why?"I'm coming around again. People keep asking me if I'm "okay" and I'm really not sure what that means anymore. Sometimes I think, "well, I haven't cried yet today, so maybe I am okay" but other days I think "I'm okay because I already had a good cry this morning."The vast majority of you ...