Originally Posted By todaysdocument

todaysdocument:

"Atoms for Peace"

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was determined to solve “the fearful atomic dilemma” by finding some way by which “the miraculous inventiveness of man” would not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life. In his Atoms for Peace speech before the United Nations General Assembly on December 8, 1953, President Eisenhower sought to solve this terrible problem by suggesting a means to transform the atom from a scourge into a benefit for mankind.

(via Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum: “Atoms for Peace”)

Atoms For Peace" posters From the series: Propaganda Posters Distributed in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, ca. 1950 - ca. 1965. From the Records of the U.S. Information Agency

Could nuclear weapons save the elephants? Researchers have come upon a new tool in the fight against poaching of elephants, rhinos, hippos, and other endangered wildlife: nuclear weapons.

Originally Posted By bobbarker31

bobbarker31:

#nuclear

We need to get some of these!

bobbarker31:

#nuclear

We need to get some of these!

Originally Posted By energysystems

[Russia] is plowing 1 trillion rubles - $32 billion - into nuclear power development, state-owned news agency Itar-Tass reports. And that’s just through 2015.

Full article in SmartPlanet. (via energysystems)

Things Worse Than Nuclear Power

www.thingsworsethannuclearpower.com is a great blog run by some MIT folks that we have been meaning to write about. It is based on a key concept that seems missing from the thinking and arguments of anti-nuclear activists — that nuclear energy must be compared to its alternatives. For those of us (at MIT SNEP and elsewhere) who believe that nuclear power is the route to solving our environmental, economic and security challenges, that means we cannot just talk about how great atomic energy is — we have to say “compared to”. This is something that is uncomfortable, since it means learning about the problems with other energy sources and bringing them up when discussing nuclear power. Few engineers like talking badly about other options, especially about solar, wind or biomass.

But informed decisions about energy are always about comparison — so the risks or costs of nuclear power can only be understood in the context of the negative impact of both fossil and “green energy” alternatives. ThingsWorseThanNuclearPower does a great job of that, with many articles that are enlightening and sometimes funny. 

Originally Posted By probablyasocialecologist
Originally Posted By fastcompany

fastcompany:

Nuclear Fallout Kills 370x Less People Than Coal
A nuclear reactor meltdown is mankind’s worst sci-fi nightmare. And NASA says, it’s not nearly as lethal as the coal we burn every day…
Here’s the story.

fastcompany:

Nuclear Fallout Kills 370x Less People Than Coal

A nuclear reactor meltdown is mankind’s worst sci-fi nightmare. And NASA says, it’s not nearly as lethal as the coal we burn every day…

Here’s the story.

It is really important to remember just how much more energy is contained in nuclear material than in other fuels. 

It is really important to remember just how much more energy is contained in nuclear material than in other fuels. 

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