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