3 results for month: 04/2008


Thorium Fuel Cycle Development in India

Homi Jehangir Bhabha, an Indian physicist, who had, during a pre-World War II stay in Europe, made important discoveries about cosmic rays. Upon his returned to India at the start of the war, he began to campaign for Indian research institutions deveoted to physics and nuclear energy. He quickly established himself as a scientist politician who had the ear of Pandit Nerhu, the first Indian Prime Minister. Shortly after Indian independence in 1948, Bhabha was assigned the task of establishing the Indian Atomic Energy Commission, and developing a nuclear research program.During the first UN Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (1955), ...

What to do about "Nuclear Waste"…

Readers of this blog know how to use LFTR technology to avoid making long-lived nuclear waste in the first place, but what about the waste we've already got? I posted this on NEI Nuclear Notes some time ago but thought I ought to post it here as well: But before you read it, this article might serve as a very good introduction to the problem: How Harry Reid can Save us $80 billion and Fuel $1 Trillion of Electricity My modest proposal: 1. Shut down Yucca Mountain and devote the funding in the waste fund to the development of liquid-chloride and liquid-fluoride reactors. Chloride reactors would be used to destroy transuranics and breed U233 ...

Early Reactor Concept Development

Eugene Wigner (left), Enrico Fermi (right)Some of the best scientist of the 20th century hung around around the "Metallurgical Laboratory" of the University of Chicago. The "Metallurgical Lab" was a cover for the nuclear research establishment which Author H. Compton set up at the University of Chicago during World War II. The Metallurgical Lab was to later give birth to Argonne National Laboratory. The Lab was dominated by two extremely brilliant men, who both undoubtedly made tremendous contributions to establishing the nuclear age. They were the Italian Enrico Fermi, already the holder of a Nobel Prize in Physics, and Eugene Wigner, a ...