Washington Post: Sandra G. Boodman investigates one of D.C.’s smaller museums, the Koshland Science Museum.
Bloomberg: China is gearing up to become the world’s biggest producer and operator of nuclear plants. The country plans to build about 30 new reactors by 2020, at a cost totaling 450 billion yuan ($61 billion). Deals signed this year with Westinghouse Electric Co. and Areva SA will put the Chinese in position to copy the latest technology. Its biggest threat may be as a competitor in selling the $3 billion to $5 billion nuclear plants at home and abroad. China’s atomic industry may follow the copy-and-compete blueprint laid out by local makers of cars, drugs and coal-fired power plants says Bloomberg’s Dune Lawrence and Alan Katz.
Stronger Future for Nuclear Power Physics Today, February 2006
Nuclear Power to Explode in India, but China Prefers Coal New Picks, October 2007
Africa’s Pursuit of Nuclear Power, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, November 2007
The New York Times: The United States could shave as much as 28 percent off the amount of greenhouse gases it emits at fairly modest cost and with only small technology innovations, according to a new report.
The Associated Press: The nation’s nuclear weapons laboratories need tougher safety oversight to fix a recent track record that includes dozens of lapses, accidents and near misses, according to a government report released Wednesday.
Amarillo.com: Proposal to modernize nuclear weapons plants
Science: Radical measures from the new president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology are roiling a tradition-bound system.
Wired: Everybody’s favorite cosmologist and climatologist, Rush Limbaugh, did a little bit yesterday on how global warming can’t possibly be happening, because, come on, climatologists can’t even accurately predict how many hurricanes are coming each year.
The New York Times: In a news conference at the Paris headquarters of the European Space Agency, the scientists, working on the agency’s Venus Express mission, played up the Venus-as-Earth’s-twin angle in presenting their newest findings, including signs of lightning, surprising swings of temperature and additional evidence that Venus could have once had oceans the size of Earth’s.
The Christian Science Monitor: Hydrogen from bacteria, from coal – and how about a hydrogen generator small enough to power your lawn mower?
ScienceNow: It’s not quite a rehabilitation. But a new study clears Dutch physics Nobel laureate Petrus “Peter” Debye of the most serious accusations that arose last year after publications about his past in Nazi Germany. Debye, who succeeded Albert Einstein at the helm of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics in Berlin in 1934, was not an anti-Semite or a Nazi, the study concludes–but it knocks him for opportunism.