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Uranium chemistry, and some interesting blogs to check out.

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Special Nuclear Material is a great blog containing lots of interesting stuff. (Though it’s not really energy and nuclear energy related.)
It was this post on uranium chemistry that I found the blog via, and which I found really interesting.

Incredibly interesting, informative stuff. I’m impressed that he’s done all that inorganically, with no solvent extraction, and got good uranium selectivity, at least as far as you can tell from looking at pictures of the stuff.

Some people out there in the public might be alarmed by the fact that you can actually pull this off, all the way to UF4, in your basement. I’m not alarmed at all, I think it’s really impressive.

What alarms me a little more is that they actually sell moderately concentrated hydrofluoric acid to any idiot who walks into a store, in the US. (No disrespect to US citizens, in general, is intended or implied in the slightest here, of course.) I’m surprised that CPSC doesn’t absolutely freak out. (Maybe they will, if they find out that terrorists could use the stuff for dreaded nooklear purposes, though…)
God forbid if you actually want to buy psuedoephedrine cold pills or lye or something, though.

The portable BGO probe made from a subdivided part of a PET scanner – one of the PMTs and one corresponding small part of the array of BGO crystals – is very nice, too.

Whilst on the subject of blogs, I’m happy to give a shout out to Pro Nuclear Democrats as well. As they say, energy, energy security and the environment are not partisan issues.

Written by Luke Weston

October 17, 2008 at 8:33 am

Interesting posts roundup.

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A few interesting pieces from the blogosphere over the last week or so:

Fellow Melbourne based blogger Robert Merkel is discussing some, well, nuclear power stuff over at Larvatus Prodeo.

Tim Dunlop’s Blogocracy blog (affiliated with ) is taking a look at Thorium as a nuclear fuel. It’s good to see some level headed discussion of nuclear energy systems in such a popular media outlet.

Finally, Sovietologist is taking a look at Russia’s proven nuclear “micropower”. I wonder what Lovins has to say about that?

Written by Luke Weston

June 22, 2008 at 6:55 am

Another blogger for nuclear energy.

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[Is that post title getting a little bit cliched?]

Nuclear Dreams is a fantastic blog, which I’d largely overlooked until recently. Please go and check it out.

Recent blog posts which I especially liked include an eloquent obituary of the great US physicist John A. Wheeler, Top 5 reasons why [some] intelligent liberals don’t like nuclear energy, a review of Jeremy Bernstein’s [fairly good] book Plutonium and a nice piece of history of US nuclear science.

Written by Luke Weston

April 20, 2008 at 5:15 am