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Basic science




Published on September 21st, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Nuclear power plant control room. Credit: Wikipedia Commons. When Japan’s government last week suddenly announced that it would phase out its nuclear power plants by 2040, it probably thought it would be scoring some popularity points with its population where public opinion has been strong in opposing the continued use of nuclear power since the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 14th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Anti-Nuclear Power Plant Rally on 19 September 2011 This is a bit of a surprise, and I have no idea how this will fully reverberate through the scientific and technical communities, but Japan and France apparently have made major decisions to back away from a reliance on nuclear power, and in the case of the …

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Business




Published on March 27th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Love him or hate him, Bill Gates does have influence. In this new Wall Street Journal video of an on-stage interview at WSJ’s recent “ECO:nomics” conference, Gates discusses several key points, including: • Energy is what enabled civilization to evolve dramatically over the most recent centuries. • People in “poor” nations pay more for energy …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on January 16th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

Screenshot from NREL interactive atlas for renewable energy showing energy intensities for solar photovoltaic energy (yellow) and biomass residue (green). Credit: NREL. People in the renewable and alternative energy business talk about an “energy portfolio,” where the electricity deposited on the local grid will be generated from a mix of what the local natural resources offer …

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Basic science




Published on September 21st, 2011 | By: Eileen De Guire

Vitrification, or encapsulating nuclear waste in glass is possible method of containing nuclear wastes. Credit: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Wikipedia While nuclear energy policy issues are being worked out on a nation-by-nation basis, research on technological challenges continues apace, at least for now. Disposal of high-level nuclear waste is an essential, but expensive, part of …

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ACerS news




Published on May 6th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Marra The ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division is holding its annual meeting May 15-19 in Savannah, Ga., and I just learned that nuclear energy materials expert John Marra has agreed to do a special and timely presentation about Japan’s nuclear power accident at the conference dinner May 17. Marra, the chief research officer of …

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Business




Published on April 22nd, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: McIlvaine Company. (h/t to GlobalSpec) Not unpredictably, Japan’s ongoing nuclear problems are going to reshape how nations allocate their future energy investments, and a new report from McIlvaine Company estimates that $200 billion will be retargeted to fossil and renewable energies. McIlvaine, a market research company, says China and India, in particular, are likely to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 18th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

GNEII nuclear energy safety, security institute was officially launched with the signing of an agreement among TEES, Sandia National Laboratories and Khalifa University. Credit: Khalifa University. The world now is quite a bit more tuned in to the need for multinational cooperation on nuclear energy issues than it was ten days ago. Hopefully, that awareness …

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Career




Published on January 25th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Lab have teamed up to develop the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education which combines energy science and engineering. Students will also take courses in related disciplines that their field will likely intersect. The goal is to educate and train future leaders armed to tackle domestic …

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