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The greatest man made light show

Article: The greatest man made light show

NPR has this fascinating short video piece about a moment in July 1962 when the US government decided to study the effects of detonating a hydrogen bomb above the earth’s atmosphere. The video includes original footage of the after effects of the bomb which resulted in as the narrator said, “the greatest man made light…

Covering Christoph Niemann's nuclear flowers

Article: Covering Christoph Niemann's nuclear flowers

The New Yorker has an interesting look behind the process that led to the final design of their recent cover (see above) created by Christoph Niemann (a SUNfiltered favorite) which reflects the delicate ongoing struggle and tragedy in Japan. This assignment was difficult because, as Niemann explained, “A drawing often comes across as lighthearted, and…

Obama Backs First New U.S. Nuclear Plant with $8.3 Billion

Article: Obama Backs First New U.S. Nuclear Plant with $8.3 Billion

President Barack Obama today announced that his administration is offering conditional commitments for a total of $8.33 billion in loan guarantees for the construction and operation of the first U.S. nuclear power plant to break ground in nearly three decades.

IMF Chief Proposes $100 Billion Annual Fund to Tackle Climate Change

Article: IMF Chief Proposes $100 Billion Annual Fund to Tackle Climate Change

The head of the International Monetary Fund today proposed to create a multi-billion dollar Green Fund that would provide the financing that countries need to cope with climate change and move to a low-carbon growth model.

Yucca Mountain's Dead. Next? Expert Panel Examines Nuclear Waste Options

Article: Yucca Mountain's Dead. Next? Expert Panel Examines Nuclear Waste Options

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today the formation of a blue ribbon commission to evaluate policy options for a safe, long-term solution to America’ growing piles of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants and high-level radioactive waste from U.S. defense programs.