April 2019

Nuclear Reactors 673 - How The Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant Was Destroyed By Corporate Stupidity



Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant: Source: By Nuclear Regulatory Commission from US - Crystal River 3, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63787549

       One of my big concerns with nuclear power is that government regulators often fail to insure that plant operators comply with government regulations and that corporations operating nuclear power plants often ignore regulations in the name of profit. I have often blogged about this problem. Today I am going to write about a good example of what drives my concern.

PepsiCo Backs Down From Announced Billboard In The Sky

      There are many practical reasons to launch satellites including Earth sensing, astronomy, preparing for deep space missions, carrying out low gravity research on chemistry and biology, etc. There are also strategic reasons such as control, command and communication of men and equipment on the ground during war as well as placing weapons in orbit for use in conflict.

Nuclear Reactors 672 - China Has Decided To Use Their Own Hualong One Reactor Design To Expand Their Nuclear Reactor Fleet

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Diagram cooling systems of Hualong One:

       China has been a strong proponent of nuclear power. They have announced ambitious programs to build and operate many new nuclear power reactors to feed their growing economy with the electricity it needs. However, the 2011 Fukushima disaster had a serious impact on their ambitious building program.

Edible Six-Pack Rings

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Innovation, creativity, problem-solving... these are the qualities that make a great entrepreneur today and I love what this local beer company is doing with all three! Saltwater Brewing is making six-pack rings that are not only biodegradable but edible, preventing loss of life when wildlife try to eat or get stuck in the rings. The company's model should not just be embraced but be made into a mandatory law for every seller of six packs!

Mental Health Check-In At School

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A teacher has created a mental health check-in board for their students and I couldn't love this idea more. It is SUCH a fantastic idea! I remember when I struggled with depression in high school. I worked full time (which allowed me to buy school supplies, eat free, buy my clothes, etc. which helped in my low-income household), did AP courses, took care of my siblings and home while my parents worked, managed several after-school activities, did two sports and never slept.

Hunting Endangered Animals

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People keep advocating the hunt of endangered animals, but I just can't wrap my head around it. I read this story about someone being allowed to murder an endangered goat in Pakistan for $110 K and I'm just disgusted. Humans are much weirder than other animals and seeing this sicko pose with the animal turns my stomach. Some say that it helps the other endangered animals with the money, but others say that it actually doesn't, so who knows?

Cute Mandarin Bunnies

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Whether you celebrate Easter or you're just enjoying the themes of spring, you might be putting bunnies all over the place. We have little bunnies we made on our windows right now, and speaking as a person who's raised rabbits, there is absolutely nothing cuter than baby bunnies growing up in your house! Okay, when they're first born they look pretty weird, but they sure grow fast.

Haagen-Dazs Spirits

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Playing with flavors is so popular today that everyone from Starbucks to Coke is doing it, and honestly I couldn't appreciate it more. I LOVE trying new flavors and am a sucker for, say, Peeps coffee creamer or shortbread coffee. So now that I know that Haagen-Dazs has a new booze-inspired Spirts line of ice cream, I'm going to have to try this stuff out.