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Nuclear Winter

What Caused the Nuclear Winter?

Current research has essentially debunked the idea of a global nuclear winter as a result of a nuclear conflict. It was mostly a political position based on incorrect modeling and “worst-case analysis gone wild” to support nuclear disarmament. What is nuclear winter and what caused this? Nuclear Winter is the environmental destruction that some experts …

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Who Protects A Quarter of the US Nuclear Arsenal?

The Cold War propelled the advancement of military technology due to the scare of another world war. Among the improvements was a unique approach on how animals could be helpful in military needs. Did you ever wonder what animal protects the nation’s nuclear armament? Military dolphins have been protecting about 25% of the United States’ …

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How Did Jimmy Carter Stop A Nuclear Reactor Meltdown?

Do you remember the world’s very first nuclear disasters? The Canadian government sought the assistance of nuclear experts from the United States. But did you know how Jimmy Carter was involved? In Ottawa, Canada, the first-ever nuclear reactor meltdown happened on December 12, 1952. The disaster was averted by a team lead by then Lieutenant …

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After the 2011 Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima was disabled by an earthquake tsunami double whammy, elderly Japanese people volunteered to do repairs to save young people from radiation exposure.

Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis A group of more than 200 Japanese pensioners are volunteering to tackle the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station. The Skilled Veterans Corps, as they call themselves, is made up of retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60. They say they should be …

After the 2011 Japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima was disabled by an earthquake tsunami double whammy, elderly Japanese people volunteered to do repairs to save young people from radiation exposure. Read More »

In 1965 the Soviet Union detonated a nuclear device near the Chagan river to create an artificial lake with a volume of about 10 million cubic metres under it’s Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program. To date the lake is slightly radioactive and is nicknamed “the atomic lake”.

Chagan (nuclear test) Chagan was the first and largest of the 124 detonations in the Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program, designed to produce peaceful nuclear explosions (PNEs) for earth-moving purposes. The concept of using PNEs to create artificial lakes, harbors and canals was modeled after a United States program, Project Plowshare, which conducted …

In 1965 the Soviet Union detonated a nuclear device near the Chagan river to create an artificial lake with a volume of about 10 million cubic metres under it’s Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program. To date the lake is slightly radioactive and is nicknamed “the atomic lake”. Read More »

In 1964, three physicists who just got their PhDs were tasked with developing a working design for a nuclear weapon using only unclassified information. The goal is to see if a country can develop a nuclear weapon without aid. They accomplished it within 2 and a half years.

Nth Country Experiment Could any country with the right knowledge and technology build a nuclear bomb? From May 1964 to April 1967, the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (the predecessor to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) set out to answer this question. The Laboratory hired three physicists who only recently received …

In 1964, three physicists who just got their PhDs were tasked with developing a working design for a nuclear weapon using only unclassified information. The goal is to see if a country can develop a nuclear weapon without aid. They accomplished it within 2 and a half years. Read More »

One nuclear fuel pellet, roughly the size of a pencil eraser, provides as much energy as one ton of coal or nearly 150 gallons of oil.

Vogtle Receives First Shipment of Nuclear Fuel The two-unit expansion of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia reached another milestone as Georgia Power received the first shipment of nuclear fuel for Unit 3 of the project. The utility on Dec. 9 said receipt of the fuel follows completion and inspection of several construction areas …

One nuclear fuel pellet, roughly the size of a pencil eraser, provides as much energy as one ton of coal or nearly 150 gallons of oil. Read More »

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Where Did Bikini Bottom Get Its Name?

SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated comedy television series created for Nickelodeon by a marine science educator and animator Stephen Hillenburg. The series follows the exploits of the title character and his aquatic pals in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. But did you know where Bikini Bottom got its name? Bikini Bottom was …

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John Cockcroft, the man who insisted that the windscale nuclear power plant chimney stacks be fitted with high performance filters that saved much of norther England from becoming a nuclear wasteland after the reactor caught fire was mocked for his caution before the accident.

Windscale fire The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in the United Kingdom’s history, and one of the worst in the world, ranked in severity at level 5 out of a possible 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The fire took place in Unit 1 of the two-pile Windscale …

John Cockcroft, the man who insisted that the windscale nuclear power plant chimney stacks be fitted with high performance filters that saved much of norther England from becoming a nuclear wasteland after the reactor caught fire was mocked for his caution before the accident. Read More »