TAG: Nuclear Energy

Recycling Nuclear Waste

Nuclear Recycling

Nuclear energy is often the only hope for power generation in countries without large deposits of fossil fuels. However, the presence of nuclear power plants compromise the security of that country, and most struggle to adequately dispose of the waste materials. Cumbria based British Sellafield has come up with an idea whereby nuclear waste is the key element. Nuclear waste in British plants mostly contains americium-241, and the organization plans to use this nuclear waste element to power long range spacecraft. This method of using nuclear waste is based on a design used in the Voyager probes, launched in 1977.  Even the popular… read more

Reading The Radiation

Reading The Radiation

2012 was a great year for crowdfunded projects, with 2013 promising to bring even bigger and better projects to the public eye. With companies such as Kickstarter and IndieGogo leading the way for interested consumers to help fund tech gadgets and devices with their own money, we’ve seen some pretty cool things come from crowdfunding. One of the more successful projects we’d like to highlight is the Safecast Geiger Counter. This pint-sized, lightweight and affordable device was created in response to the tragedy at the Japanese Fukishima Nuclear Reactor a couple of years ago. Safecast created the geiger counter for… read more

Irresponsibility Punished

Gulf of Mexico oil spill

BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal fine in U.S. history—$4.5 billion—to resolve all criminal charges arising from the fatal oil rig explosion and subsequent catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said that it had agreed to pay $4 billion to the U.S. government over five years, and $525 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the next three years. However, the settlement does not resolve all of the claims against BP for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and the company could face billions in restoration costs to the waters, coastline, and… read more

Uranium Mining Underwater

Uranium Mining Underwater

The ocean has always inspired and supported the human race. We have navigated across them, tapped into their power for energy generation, exploited their creatures for food and minerals for wealth, and we continue to explore their depths for answers to our questions about the planet. Recent experiments have unveiled surprising amounts of uranium hidden beneath the waves. Oceans are estimated to have roughly 5 billion metric tons of uranium, which is a core element for nuclear power generation. The uranium deposits are very diluted and to date there has been no commercially viable method to extract the precious material. Uranium extraction from the ocean… read more