Safe Portable Nuclear Battery on the Horizon

Like DDT, and anthropomorphic global warming, the exaggeration about the dangers of nuclear energy have been driven by the media and extremist political groups to the point of the ridiculous.
Penn State’s Breazeale ReactorOne would think that in a free society you would find at least some factual reporting regarding science. Unfortunately it seems to ever be the case that when given the choice of reporting actual facts or instead publishing breathless Fear Uncertainty and Doubt, the FUD always seems to be the choice … FUD simply sells more advertising.

As with other overly exaggerated fears from the past the fear of nuclear energy may one day seem as silly to people in the future, as the fear of sailing off the edge of the world seems to people of today.

Nuke’s tells us some News about a Safe Portable Nuclear Battery that is the size of a hot tub.

Nuke to the Future

New technology takes on energy crisis.
portable hydride reactorThe portable nuclear reactor is the size of a hot tub. It’s shaped like a sake cup, filled with a uranium hydride core and surrounded by a hydrogen

Invented by scientist Otis Peterson, Hyperion’s patent for a hydride reactor is still pending.
atmosphere. Encase it in concrete, truck it to a site, bury it underground, hook it up to a steam turbine and, viola, one would generate enough electricity to power a 25,000-home community for at least five years.

Combine that news with this report which describes several studies that suggest Media and extremist fringe-group driven fears about radiation and nuclear energy are proving to be grossly exaggerated.

That darned Scientific Method destroys yet another crackpot consensus hypothesis. (extremists please take the time to click and read that link)

Is Atomic Radiation as Dangerous as We Thought?

A mounting number of studies are coming to some surprising conclusions about the dangers of nuclear radiation. It might not be as deadly as is widely believed.

The findings hardly jive with the popular image of the atom as evil incarnate. Nightmarish scenarios of lingering illness and birth defects on an apocalyptic scale populate nightmares.

Welcome to the new nuclear energy age! Now lets make some “glow in the dark jokes”.

Update: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

Amusing: Windows XP Outshines Vista in Benchmarking Test

This made me chuckle, (I may have even chortled)

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Windows XP outshines Vista in benchmarking test

New tests have revealed that Windows XP with the beta Service Pack 3 has twice the performance of Vista, even with its long-awaited Service Pack 1.

Vista’s first service pack, to be released early next year, is intended to boost the operating system’s performance. However, when Vista with the Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta was put through benchmark testing by researchers at Florida-based software development company Devil Mountain Software, the improvement was not overwhelming, leaving the latest Windows iteration outshined by its predecessor.

This is the best part of the article:

Microsoft admits that the launch has not gone as well as the company would have liked. “Frankly, the world wasn’t 100 percent ready for Windows Vista,” corporate vice president Mike Sievert said in a recent interview at Microsoft’s partner conference in Denver.

He reminds me of this Apple ad: Podium

Amusing!

Update: Fun “review” describing … The Advantages of Upgrading From Vista To XP

Challenging the Hypothesis of Man-Made Global Warming

Interesting Article is worth the read.

Global Inferno

A Scientific Basis for Doubting Man-made Global Warming

The scientific basis for challenging the theory of man-made global warming is large and expanding. Entire books are being written summarizing the many weaknesses. However, for an excellent 12 page summary of some of these weaknesses a recent paper by Willie Soon, Art Robinson, and Noah Robinson, (SRR) is difficult to match.

link to study…

Most people do not appreciate the simple rules of science, of hypothesizing, predicting outcomes, collecting data, testing hypotheses, replication of findings, discussions, peer reviews, etc. Thus, when an advocate, who in this case is a leading lawyer, (and also a scientific imposter) claims impending doom, huge doubts and red flags are raised. When Mr. Gore says that the scientific debate is over, he is making a statement of uninformed hope that the testing and review will stop. This is not science.

Read it all…

Next is the abstract and a link to the paper mentioned in the article above. Also worth taking the time to read. The summery contains a lot of good factual information, the PDF of the entire paper is chock full of fact based goodness. There’s even a PowerPoint!

Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

A review of the research literature concerning the environmental consequences of increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide leads to the conclusion that increases during the 20th and early 21st centuries have produced no deleterious effects upon Earth’s weather and climate. Increased carbon dioxide has, however, markedly increased plant growth. Predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future increases in hydrocarbon use and minor greenhouse gases like CO2 do not conform to current experimental knowledge. The environmental effects of rapid expansion of the nuclear and hydrocarbon energy industries are discussed.

Hattip: Junkscience.com
Image Credit: Thanks to jupiterimages.com!

Nuke is back at WP

Nuke is back at WordPress.

Welcome back Nuke!

Heroes of the Writers Strike

So you are a Hollywood writer, and you find yourself on strike.

What will you do?

LA Times has more

hattip: LGF