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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Legacy Admissions: Johns Hopkins Drops Preferences, Other Institutions Consider Changes | naked capitalism

Legacy Admissions: Johns Hopkins Drops Preferences, Other Institutions Consider Changes | naked capitalism: Johns Hopkins announces it’s eliminated legacy admissions, sparking a wider debate. Will other institutions follow?

Trump's Nevada play leaves nation's nuclear waste in limbo - POLITICO

Trump's Nevada play leaves nation's nuclear waste in limbo - POLITICO: The president wants to win the state he narrowly lost in 2016, but he may be jumping into an energy issue.

News ~ A Six Pack of Big Iron Projects | Neutron Bytes

News ~ A Six Pack of Big Iron Projects | Neutron Bytes: UA Barakah 1 Unit to Begin Fuel Loading Czech Republic Near Commitment to Build New Unit at Dokovany Romania to Build a Third Unit at Cerandova with European Partners Poland in Negotiations with U.…

DOE National Labs Kickstart Work on Micro and Small Modular Reactors at Two Sites | Neutron Bytes

DOE National Labs Kickstart Work on Micro and Small Modular Reactors at Two Sites | Neutron Bytes: Idaho National Laboratory Selects Oklo Inc. for Opportunity to Demonstrate Reuse of Fuel Material Oak Ridge National Laboratory & TVA Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Advanced Reactor Technolog…

Trump's Nevada play leaves nation's nuclear waste in limbo - POLITICO

Trump's Nevada play leaves nation's nuclear waste in limbo - POLITICO: The president wants to win the state he narrowly lost in 2016, but he may be jumping into an energy issue.

Nuclear Fusion Startup Claims It's on The Way to Providing 'Unlimited' Energy

Nuclear Fusion Startup Claims It's on The Way to Providing 'Unlimited' Energy: An Australian fusion startup called HB11, a spin-off from the University of New South Wales, claims to have found a way to revolutionize current nuclear fusion technology, potentially laying the groundwork for a new era of power generation — with

What the Barakah nuclear power plant means for the Middle East | Op-eds – Gulf News

What the Barakah nuclear power plant means for the Middle East | Op-eds – Gulf News: It is a new chapter in the UAE story, and a historic moment for the region

France Starts Closing Its Oldest Nuclear Plant - The New York Times

France Starts Closing Its Oldest Nuclear Plant - The New York Times

PG&E bankruptcy judge braces for 'horrible choices' as deadline looms



PG&E bankruptcy judge braces for 'horrible choices' as deadline looms


https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/latest-news-headlines/pg-e-bankruptcy-judge-braces-for-horrible-choices-as-deadline-looms-57230563

An elephant’s story does not end when it dies - The Boston Globe

An elephant’s story does not end when it dies - The Boston Globe: Researchers’ observations of what happened in the days and weeks after Victoria died — some of the first to document how wild elephants respond to loss over time — are described in a new review paper that examines more than 30 reports of elephant reactions to death.

Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses - The Boston Globe

Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses - The Boston Globe: The nation’s largest bus company, in an e-mailed statement, said it would notify the Department of Homeland Security that it does not consent to unwarranted searches on its buses or in areas of terminals that are not open to the public.

A mile-wide toxic waste site sits on the ocean floor near Stellwagen Bank - The Boston Globe

A mile-wide toxic waste site sits on the ocean floor near Stellwagen Bank - The Boston Globe: The federal government is trying to bury barrels full of waste at least three feet deep with roughly 10 million tons of sediment dredged from a $340 million project to widen shipping channels in Boston Harbor.

Jonah’s Flight, and Ours - The Catholic Thing

Jonah’s Flight, and Ours - The Catholic Thing: Fr. Paul D. Scalia: Our fallen human nature on its own is unequal to God’s forgiveness. We are too selfish and frightened without His grace.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection February 22, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter
Matthew 16:13-19
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus declares that Peter is the rock upon which he will build his Church.
The Church is built not on a worldly foundation but on a mystical foundation, born of Peter’s faith in the revealing God. The Church is neither democratic nor aristocratic—it is charismatic. And this is where its power comes from.
How has the Church managed to survive over the centuries? It is the oldest institution in the West, by far. Nations, empires, and institutions have come and gone, but the Church remains. And the Church, founded on the rock of Peter, is strangely there. Well, we have it from Jesus himself: "The gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it."
Jesus then gives to Peter keys as a sign of his authority: "I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven." Chesterton commented on the keys, saying that they are strangely shaped and they are hard. The Church’s creed, elaborating upon the confession of Peter, is a strange and complex business; it is not something that would be contrived by the mind of human beings. And it is hard, unbending, unchanging—for its purpose is to open a very definite door.

Gospel Mt 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle
Lectionary: 535


Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4

Beloved:
I exhort the presbyters among you,
as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ
and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.
Tend the flock of God in your midst,
overseeing not by constraint but willingly,
as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
Do not lord it over those assigned to you,
but be examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,
you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

Why the family is the most beautiful school of love

Why the family is the most beautiful school of love: Children seem to have an intuition for feeling the love that unites their parents. They notice it through small details of daily life: conversations, gestures, and acts of love and forgiveness. Chi…

7 Saints who went through divorce

7 Saints who went through divorce: Divorce is always painful, and being divorced as a practicing Catholic can be terribly isolating. But while your friends from Bible Study may all be happily married, there are quite a few saints wh…

Why does St. Peter always hold keys in art?

Why does St. Peter always hold keys in art?: One of the easiest identifiers of St. Peter in Christian art has become a large set of keys. This applies both to paintings of the first pope and to statues. Why is that? First of all, St. Peter is…

“The devil is real,” Pope Francis Says in Italian TV Interview | Rebecca Hamilton

“The devil is real,” Pope Francis Says in Italian TV Interview | Rebecca Hamilton: Pope Francis is an Italian tv star. He has his own series, an eight-part series of interviews in which the Holy Father will offer his thoughts on the Nicene Creed. During the first installment, which aired Monday, Pope Francis affirmed what Catholic and other Christians have always known: The devil is real. "Some

Deaconesses: Examination of Biblical & Patristic Data | Dave Armstrong

Deaconesses: Examination of Biblical & Patristic Data | Dave Armstrong: This issue was raised when Pope Francis desired to set up a commission to study deaconesses. Is this automatically "liberal" or "heterodox" or "modernist"? No, not at all.

William McRaven: If good men like Joe Maguire can’t speak the truth, we should be deeply afraid - The Washington Post

William McRaven: If good men like Joe Maguire can’t speak the truth, we should be deeply afraid - The Washington Post: In the Trump administration, good men and women don’t last long.

PG&E Safety Operations Questioned | 2020-02-21 | Natural Gas Intelligence

PG&E Safety Operations Questioned | 2020-02-21 | Natural Gas Intelligence

Fukushima Update February 21, 2020

Fukushima Update February 21, 2020 –
The new IAEA director will visit F. Daiichi next week… The remote visual examination inside F. Daiichi Unit #1 containment will be delayed… Tepco is ordered to further compensate voluntary evacuees.
https://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

Aurora Nuclear Plant | A Tiny Nuclear Plant Is Coming to Idaho

Aurora Nuclear Plant | A Tiny Nuclear Plant Is Coming to Idaho: The demonstration represents a new-generation of micro-reactors.

Rolls-Royce Reignites The Race To Build Mini-Nuclear Power Plants

Rolls-Royce Reignites The Race To Build Mini-Nuclear Power Plants: Last month, global manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced plans to build 10-15 small modular reactors (SMRs) in the United Kingdom by 2029.

Europe Could Cut Emissions 60% by Electrifying Fossil-Intensive Industries | The Energy Collective Daily


Europe Could Cut Emissions 60% by Electrifying Fossil-Intensive Industries | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective Network

Friday, February 21, 2020

The War within Corporate America - American Affairs Journal

The War within Corporate America - American Affairs Journal: In the 2020 election cycle, corporate America seems under attack from all directions. Elizabeth Warren and Mark Zuckerberg are in a war of words; Bernie Sanders has proposed codetermination, partial employee ownership, and other major corporate governance reforms; Joe Biden has called for insurance company executives to be jailed; and Donald Trump regularly attacks Jeff…

The Sustainability Politics of Lithium-Ion Batteries

The Sustainability Politics of Lithium-Ion Batteries: Taking more lithium-ion from the Earth is necessary for electric vehicle production

Oklo Microreactor Is INL’s Pick for First-of-a Kind HALEU-Fueled Nuclear Demonstration

Oklo Microreactor Is INL’s Pick for First-of-a Kind HALEU-Fueled Nuclear Demonstration: Oklo, developer of a 1.5-MW passive compact fast reactor, will be the first to receive high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) nuclear fuel from Idaho

Trump has few alternatives to Yucca

Trump has few alternatives to Yucca: The Trump administration bailing on Nevada's Yucca Mountain as the nation's long-delayed nuclear waste storage site has exposed the reality that the United States does not have viable alternative solutions.

Southern Company decreases coal burn, moves closer to completing Vogtle nuclear project


Southern Company decreases coal burn, moves closer to completing Vogtle nuclear project

https://www.utilitydive.com/news/southern-company-decreases-coal-burn-moves-closer-to-completing-vogtle-nuc/572674/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-02-21%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:25802%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive

FERC deals blow to New York renewable, storage projects, adding hurdles to NYISO capacity market


FERC deals blow to New York renewable, storage projects, adding hurdles to NYISO capacity market


https://www.utilitydive.com/news/ferc-deals-blow-to-new-york-renewable-storage-projects-adding-hurdles-to/572702/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-02-21%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:25802%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive

General Atomics, Framatome join for fuel channel work : Uranium & Fuel - World Nuclear News

General Atomics, Framatome join for fuel channel work : Uranium & Fuel - World Nuclear News: Framatome and General Atomics are to collaborate on the development of accident-tolerant fuel channels fabricated from a silicon carbide composite rather than the current zirconium alloys. Advanced nuclear fuel designs using silicon carbide in the fuel channel, the say, will enhance safety and fuel performance.

Southern CEO: Early start-up of Vogtle units possible : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Southern CEO: Early start-up of Vogtle units possible : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: Southern Company remains confident of meeting the regulatory-approved in-service date of November 2021 for unit 3 of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia, CEO Tom Fanning said during a presentation of its 2019 results. He noted the AP1000 unit could even be brought online as early as May next year, with unit 4 following a year later.

Hydrogen potential for local gas networks in SA and Victoria | The Energy Collective Daily

Hydrogen potential for local gas networks in SA and Victoria | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective Network

Framatome signs service contracts for Finnish Olkiluoto 3 reactor - Power Engineering International

Framatome signs service contracts for Finnish Olkiluoto 3 reactor - Power Engineering International: Framatome has signed a series of service contracts with Finnish utility TVO for the long term operation of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR.

Living Planet: How to deal with radioactive waste in our oceans | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 20.02.2020

Living Planet: How to deal with radioactive waste in our oceans | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 20.02.2020: The nuclear disaster in Fukushima in Japan happened almost nine years ago. An earthquake triggered a tsunami that led to the meltdown of three nuclear reactors. Fukushima is soon running out of space to store radioactive water. DW's Tim Schauenberg talks about plans how to discharge that water and what else is lurking at the bottom of the sea.

Clean-up of 24 abandoned uranium mine sites set to move forward under Phase 2 Settlement Agreement – Navajo Post Newspaper

Clean-up of 24 abandoned uranium mine sites set to move forward under Phase 2 Settlement Agreement – Navajo Post Newspaper

NM senators block bill to expand State's nuclear waste oversight

NM senators block bill to expand State's nuclear waste oversight: Sponsor Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-36) called the vote “misguided” but said the State would still have some say in the Holtec project.

Full termination of MOX at Savannah River Site expected soon | News | aikenstandard.com

Full termination of MOX at Savannah River Site expected soon | News | aikenstandard.com: Termination of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility will be completed in fiscal year 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's latest budget documents, a milestone marking the end

Exclusive: Westinghouse set to sign pact with Indian firm for nuclear reactors during Trump visit - Reuters

Exclusive: Westinghouse set to sign pact with Indian firm for nuclear reactors during Trump visit - Reuters: Exclusive: Westinghouse set to sign pact with Indian firm for nuclear reactors during Trump visit

TVA shuts down Watts Bar reactor, declares 'unusual event' | Chattanooga Times Free Press

TVA shuts down Watts Bar reactor, declares 'unusual event' | Chattanooga Times Free Press: The Tennessee Valley Authority idled one of the reactors at its newest nuclear power plant Wednesday after a gauge indicated a lower than expected level in one of its four steam generators and then, within 15 minutes of when workers shut down the Unit 1 reactor, workers detected smoke in a battery room in the control building.

Exclusive: Westinghouse set to sign pact with Indian firm for nuclear reactors during Trump visit


Exclusive: Westinghouse set to sign pact with Indian firm for nuclear reactors during Trump visit

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-usa-trump-westinghouse-exclusiv/exclusive-westinghouse-set-to-sign-pact-with-indian-firm-for-nuclear-reactors-during-trump-visit-idUSKBN20E1PM

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Oklo Microreactor Is INL’s Pick for First-of-a Kind HALEU-Fueled Nuclear Demonstration

Oklo Microreactor Is INL’s Pick for First-of-a Kind HALEU-Fueled Nuclear Demonstration: Oklo, developer of a 1.5-MW passive compact fast reactor, will be the first to receive high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) nuclear fuel from Idaho

Global Green Up Slows Warming

Global Green Up Slows Warming: Scientists say the world would be even warmer if not for a surge in plant growth.

Why Labor must embrace nuclear power

Why Labor must embrace nuclear power: It is not defensible for a workers party to run all the human risks of climate change when there is a solution sitting on the table.

The new “low-yield” W76-2 nuclear warhead is extremely dangerous and unnecessary.

The new “low-yield” W76-2 nuclear warhead is extremely dangerous and unnecessary.: The weapon’s smaller destructive power does not mean a smaller risk of catastrophe.

Cost of wind energy generation should include energy storage allowance | Energy Central

Cost of wind energy generation should include energy storage allowance | Energy Central

PG&E jolted by billions in quarterly losses amid wildfire costs, is on track to end bankruptcy in June | Energy Central

PG&E jolted by billions in quarterly losses amid wildfire costs, is on track to end bankruptcy in June | Energy Central

World Nuclear Association Symposium 2020 September 9-11, 2020


The global nuclear industry’s premier event

9-11 September 2020, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, UK

Call for presentations

 
The World Nuclear Association Symposium is the foremost international conference of the nuclear energy industry. Speakers present to industry leaders, energy experts and journalists.
 
Presentations are welcome on all aspects of nuclear energy, nuclear technologies and the nuclear industry. We are particularly interested in submissions relating to the following topics:
 
• Economics and social aspects of uranium mining
• The nuclear supply chain
• Recruitment and skills transfer
• Waste management
• Regulatory reform
• The low-carbon economy and sustainable development goals
• Communication
• Finance and Investment
Submit your proposal
World Nuclear Association Symposium is the premier annual event for the global nuclear industry. It unites hundreds of nuclear energy professionals from over 30 countries for a diverse programme of presentations, hot seat interviews, and high-level panels on the most important industry issues. It features an interactive exhibition and provides networking opportunities.
 
Register with early bird rate
 
On 9-11 September 2020, nuclear industry leaders, experts and executives from around the world will come together to share information and experience to elevate nuclear energy as a key contributor in the transition to a clean and sustainable world.
 
What to expect:
  • Presentations from leading experts on important issues for the future of nuclear energy.
  • Extensive networking opportunities including at the Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner and exhibition.
  • The opportunity to discover new products and services from vendors, fuel suppliers, brokers and more, at the exhibition.
 
2019 highlight
 
A video of the high-level panel on innovation is now available to view.


Secure your place now to benefit from a discounted rate. Available until 30 June.

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Sponsor the event to get maximum exposure for your company amongst hundreds of energy professionals.
 
Exhibit at the event to raise awareness of your brand in the marketplace to gain a real competitive edge, and engage visitors in interactive, face to face, promotions or incentives.
 
Book a room for important meetings, press events, or product launches.
 

Social events
 
The Welcome Reception, sponsored by Urenco, will take place on Wednesday 9 September at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
 
The Gala Dinner will be held on on Friday 11 September. More information coming soon.
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