Nukes

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Safety: Life or Death

Recognizing the drawbacks of uranium reactors, Mike the Mad Biologist explains that using thorium for nuclear fuel would produce safer energy. Uranium was originally established as the element of choice “since it would yield plutonium which could be used to build nukes,” but thorium reactions produce less waste, less radioactivity, and no leftovers for warheads.…

The Buzz: Is Nuclear Power the Answer?

This weekend, ScienceBloggers discussed the virtues and downfalls of a world run on modern nuclear power. Benjamin Cohen sparked the dialogue on The World’s Fair with an interview with author and environmentalist Rebecca Solnit, famous for her opposition to nuclear power. Within just a few hours, Built on Fact’s Matt Springer responded, categorically arguing against…

It’s Hard to Be King

If you were king for a day (or President for a century), could you slow the course of climate change? This Flash game from the BBC challenges you to create a carbon-neutral future, while still maintaining your coffers–and your presidency. With international carbon-reduction treaties to contend with, and policy suggestions like, “Privatize Electricity”, it takes…

Marching Toward Doomsday

This Wednesday, the world will officially creep closer to nuclear apocalypse, according to the Doomsday Clock maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. The symbolic Doomsday Clock counts down the minutes to midnight, which represents the moment of global disaster. The Clock is currently set at seven minutes to midnight and will, presumably, move forward…

For those of you who missed it, the Pentagon resumed above ground nuclear testing–sort of.

The Truth About Bunker Busters?

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the Seymour Hersh article in the New Yorker discussing the White House’ plans for stopping Iran’s nuclear program, which claims: One of the military’s initial option plans, as presented to the White House by the Pentagon this winter, calls for the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear…