Author Archive | Gail Marcus

Nuclear Fission and Accurate Reporting:

This Shouldn’t be so Difficult! Those of us in the nuclear field frequently find ourselves having to address inaccuracies in published material.  In the past, I’ve encountered 2 categories–publications from organizations with a bias against nuclear power, and publications that attempt to be balanced, but sometimes make a mistake.  Today, I just encountered a third […]

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An Important Nuclear Milestone:

75 Years Since the Birth  of the Atomic Age  I woke up today to news articles in several sources highlighting the fact that today marks the 75th anniversary since the world’s first man-made nuclear reactor began splitting atoms.  I’m a little chagrined that I didn’t think of this earlier myself, since it holds a major […]

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Solar Power for the Military:

Deja Vu All Over Again I recently saw an article discussing the use of solar panels by the U.S. military.  It cited a Department of Energy (DOE) study concluding that the military needs to rely more on solar power in order to eliminate weaknesses in the grid.  The article speculated that, with military funding to […]

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Natual Gas Projections:

Revisiting Conventional Wisdom Just when you think you have a good handle on the facts, along comes a study that casts doubt on some of the “conventional wisdom.” At least, that was my reaction when I read a summary of two recent reports on natural gas projections.  Among the “blockbuster” findings were the following: Fracking […]

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Sailboats and Nuclear Power:

Some Unexpected Parallels I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, in part because, this past month, we took our first long cruise on our Silvergirl.  And while I returned to a world with lots of new news about nuclear power, before I turn to current events, I can’t help but try to process what I […]

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Fusion in 30?:

What the “Breakthrough” Means It was interesting, in more ways than one, to read some of the coverage of the recent news from the fusion research community.  The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California announced in the journal Nature that they had used lasers to compress a pellet […]

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Nuclear Power and Earthquakes:

A Contribution to the Dialogue When I studied nuclear engineering in grad school, I thought that nuclear power was an intersection between different science and engineering disciplines–nuclear, mechanical, chemical, electrical, systems, etc. At the time, that scope seemed plenty broad to me.  Little did I realize that, over the years, I would find my work […]

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Good News from Europe:

Reasoned Approaches to Energy Policy Two optimistic pieces of news regarding energy policy emerged from Europe in the last week or so.  One of them was a European Union decision that scrapped binding renewable energy targets for the future.  The other was a report that the Swiss public recognizes the contribution nuclear power makes to […]

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Acronym Mania:

Of PESTs and STEEPLEs Several yars ago, I did a blogpost on NIMBY and other related acronyms. I was actually surprised I found as many as I did, and I never expected to find enough new terms to do another post on acronyms again. Then, I started discovering that there were whole new worlds of […]

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Knowledge Management:

An Ongoing Problem  A few years ago, I did a lot of work on “nuclear knowledge management,” or NKM.  There are a lot of definitions of what NKM includes, but my first brush with knowledge management came when, as a Department of Energy manager, I was visited by researchers from the national laboratories.  They told […]

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