2 results for month: 10/2008


Fermi’s folly, Wigner’s wisdom

(guest post by Charles Barton) Both Eugene Wigner and Enrico Fermi were brilliant scientists. Both made enormous contributions to the theoretical and practical development of atomic energy. Their educational background was different, and for this reason their thinking about long-range reactor design diverged. Fermi was a classic physicist. Fermi thought of reactors first in terms of physics experiments. The CP-1--the ancestor of almost all solid fuel reactors--was first of all a physics experiment. Physicists depend on other people to deliver to them the materials they need to conduct their experiments. Once the materials are present, they are ...

Thorium Energy Independence and Security Act of 2008

The following legislation has been introduced in the US Senate today by Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Harry Reid:110TH CONGRESS2D SESSIONTo amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to provide for thorium fuel cycle nuclear power generation.IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESintroduced the following bill; which was read twiceand referred to the Committee onA BILLTo amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to provide for thorium fuel cycle nuclear power generation.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.This Act may be cited as the "Thorium Energy Independence and ...