Jim Conca

China Has ‘First-Strike’ Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

Jim Conca

China now has a network of satellites, high-speed missiles, and super-EMP weapons that could melt down our electric grid, fry critical communications, and even takeout the ability of our aircraft carrier groups to respond.

Preliminary Data Suggests Low-Dose Radiation May Be Successful Treatment For Severe Covid-19

Jim Conca

Human medical trials have begun on severely ill COVID-19 patients using low-doses of radiation. The first results on a very small group at Emory University Hospital were published this week and the results were quite extraordinary.

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Feeding The Planet Isn’t Science Fiction - It’s Cultivated Meat

Jim Conca

Combine animal stem cells with nutrients, salts, pH buffers, and growth factor in science-fiction-like vats and you get actual meat without growing the whole animal. It’s called cultivated meat production and will probably meet the world’s meat requirements in a decade or so.

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Debunking Fears Of Nuclear Waste At California’s San Onofre Reactor

Jim Conca

During a virtual meeting held by Southern California Edison's Community Engagement Panel, experts considered a number of Doomsday Scenarios that could threaten the nuclear waste stored at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant. But things got weird with fear of things like short-range missiles.

Climate Change Driving Forests To Smaller And Younger Trees

Jim Conca

A new study by scientists at PNNL shows that ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees with broad impacts on global ecosystems. Stunted growth from rising temperatures more than offset any growth gains by increased CO2 fertilization.

Researchers Explore Low Doses Of Radiation To Treat Severe Coronavirus Cases

Jim Conca

Low-dose radiation to the lungs may be a good therapy to reduce the mortality rates from COVID-19. The virus causes a cytokine storm - an uncontrolled systemic inflammatory response of the body that floods the lungs and kills the patient. Low doses of radiation can reduce the storm.

Can We Make Industrial Chemicals Green?

Jim Conca

Basic commercial chemicals, like chlorine, caustic soda and hydrochloric acid, can be made without C-emissions or toxic waste, at lower cost than normal. Achíni Scientific makes the whole manufacturing plant a huge capacitor, like a car's clutch, so it can use wind energy without fossil fuel backup.

Nuclear Power Does Slow Climate Change

Jim Conca

Why are we trying to close nuclear plants that have been relicensed as safe for another 20 yrs? To save a penny to spend on renewables and say that helps climate change? As all climate scientists agree, prematurely closing nuclear plants is bad for the climate. And it doesn’t save any money at all

Nuclear Steps Up Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Jim Conca

As COVID-19 spreads, thenuclear field is stepping upwith a unique diagnostic technique calledRT-PCR, whichhelps detect and identify this coronavirus accurately within hours in humans, as well as animals that can host it.It can tell us a lot about exposure and transmission paths of the virus

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Where Do We Stand On Uranium In The Post-Pandemic Energy World?

Jim Conca

Uranium has outperformed major commodities this year, even as the energy sector has suffered from the coronavirus pandemic. Uranium prices have risen significant since the pandemic began, up to $34 from $24/lb. Uranium supply and nuclear power should not be much affected in the post-pandemic world.

3D Printing Has Entered The Nuclear Realm

Jim Conca

3D-printing has come to nuclear and it’s saving a lot of time and money, like 90%. Right now, it’s best for small spare parts, in developing micro-reactors, and in using new high-tech materials like carbon fiber composites, but expect it to eventually end up on Mars.

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Nuclear Power Plants - Refueling Amid COVID-19

Jim Conca

Nuclear plants refuel only once every two years. But the COVID-19 pandemic has caused problems. Local officials in Pennsylvania asked Limerick Nuclear Plant to delay refueling, but the company says refueling is needed for vital reliable power to the region's hospitals and critical facilities

Carbon Engineering - Taking CO2 Right Out Of The Air To Make Gasoline

Jim Conca

Extracting CO2 from air is the best way to reverse global warming without resorting to expensive technologies, convoluted tax schemes or preventing billions from getting sufficient energy. If you then make gasoline from it, then you’d kill two birds with one stone. That stone is Carbon Engineering

Expect A Coronavirus Spike In Home Energy Bills This Summer

Jim Conca

Expect an increase in energy consumption at your home this summer as a result of Covid-19, resulting in higher costs for Americans who are already financially strained. Cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Boston will see at-home energy bills increasing by about $30/month.

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It's Really OK If Japan Dumps Radioactive Fukushima Water Into The Ocean

Jim Conca

Slowly releasing Fukushima tritium-contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean is a very good idea. No other radioactive elements are in the water and tritium just isn’t very radioactive - it self-dilutes in water really quickly, even in our bodies, making it impossible to harm anyone or anything

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The Scientists Taking Atomic-Level Pictures Of The Coronavirus

Jim Conca

The coronavirus packs an outer armament of 27 proteins, each one having a unique and complex 3D structure that can be targeted by scientists to stop the virus.But we have to image them correctly and that’s where PNNL’s Garry Buchko comes in with his nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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American Sailors Lawsuit Against Japanese Over Fukushima Radiation Rejected By U.S. Appeals Court

Jim Conca

The 9th U.S. Circuit rejected an appeal by U.S. service members seeking damages from TEPCO and GE for damages from alleged radiation exposure following the Fukushima disaster while they were onboard the carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami. This was the correct result.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Shows Dry Cask Storage Is Safe – Yet Again

Jim Conca

The NRC made a recommendation that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude it from issuing a license for Holtec's proposed SNF interim storage facility. Holtec would begin with 500 canisters holding over 9,500 tons of spent nuclear fuel at the proposed New Mexico site near Carlsbad

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Net Zero Natural Gas Plant -- The Game Changer

Jim Conca

An actual game changing technology is being demonstrated as we speak by Net Power. The Allam cycle involves burning gas with oxygen instead of air to generate electricity without emitting any CO2 or NOx. It also produces pipeline-ready CO2 and even water. At a cost below any other energy source

So You Think We're Reducing Fossil Fuel Use? Think Again.

Jim Conca

If you think we’re doing a good job of curbing fossil fuel use, you're mistaken. Oil production is exploding in America. Growth in coal in the developing world shows no sign of slowing, and gas has kicked into high gear most everywhere. Renewables are increasing slower. Nuclear and hydro are flat

How HBO Got It Wrong On Chernobyl

Jim Conca

I was hoping HBO would have the courage and integrity to do their homework about radiation and consult even 1 nuclear scientist or radiobiologists. Or even read the U.N. Chernobyl Forum Report. But nooo…they decided that talking to journalists, historians and antinuclear activists was much better

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Solar Geoengineering -- We Better Do It Or We'll Burn

Jim Conca

Given our inability to reduce worldwide GHG emissions, should we try to reflect heat back into space? It’s called Solar Geoengineering and would give us the breathing room to cut fossil fuels on a more likely time scale. We’ve been studying it for decades and we know that it works

The World Begins To Slowly Cooperate On New Nuclear Energy

Jim Conca

US and Canada entered into an agreement on nuclear power cooperation to collaborate on advancing new nuclear reactor designs, especially small modular reactors. This follows recent previous agreements with Canada, Japan, Russia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Argentina and Romania

ThorCon Advanced Nuclear Reactor -- More Than Worth Its Weight In Salt

Jim Conca

ThorCon is a nuclear reactor with molten salt fuel containing thorium+uranium that is walk-away-safe. ThorCon would be completely manufactured in 150 to 500 ton blocks in a shipyard, assembled and towed to a site, with order of magnitude improvements in productivity, quality control, and build time

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Nuclear Power And The 2020 Presidential Candidates

Jim Conca

14 candidates support nuclear in some way, 9 do not, and 1 is unclear. Leading climate scientists say we can't address climate change without nuclear power. Supporting nuclear power is a clear signal about how serious a candidate is about climate change and how serious they are about science

Bitter Cold Stops Coal But Nuclear Excels

Jim Conca

Through thick and thin, extreme hot or extreme cold, Bomb Cyclones and Polar Vortexes, this nuclear plant never seems to stop producing over 9 billion kWhs of energy every year, enough to power Seattle. The same with all other nuclear plants in America. Not so much with coal and gas

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How 1,500 Nuclear-Powered Water Desalination Plants Could Save The World From Desertification

Jim Conca

Many plans have been hatched to bring more water to CA, but it’s better to build desalination plants. And even better to power them with small nuclear reactors. Thirty desal plants produces a billion gallons/day and would cost the same as a water pipeline stealing water from the Pacific Northwest

Washington State Intends To Be The Clean Energy State And Nuclear Is Key

Jim Conca

A new study of energy needs in the Pacific Northwest concluded that more diverse, low-carbon electricity sources are needed to maintain energy reliability and achieve a carbon-free system by 2045. And some of that has to be nuclear

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Shutting Down All Of Japan’s Nuclear Plants After Fukushima Was A Bad Idea

Jim Conca

By now, more Japanese have died from the closing of Japan's nuclear power plants following the 2011 Tohoku quake than from the tsunami and the earthquake combined, which was about 20,000 people. But no one has died from any radiation released by the crippled reactors

The Uber Of Solar

Jim Conca

One small solar company in Washington State decided to approach the problematic business model of the solar industry by building a decentralizedservice platform in the otherwise centralized and old fashioned construction market - think the Uber of Solar

A Very Fast, Very Safe, Very SLIMM Nuclear Reactor

Jim Conca

The SLLIM is a liquid sodium nuclear fast reactor that generates 10 to 100 MW for many years, even decades, without refueling. It can’t meltdown, can operate without water, is factory fabricated and shipped to the construction site where it is installed below ground in a seismic-resistant cocoon

America’s Nuclear Navy Still The Masters Of Nuclear Power

Jim Conca

America’s Nuclear Navy is one of the oldest and largest nuclear organizations in the world, and has the world’s best safety record of any industry of any kind. There are over a hundred nuclear reactors, which are actually small modular reactors, that power 86 submarines and aircraft carriers

Russian Uranium One Deal And Hillary Clinton In The News Again

Jim Conca

Senator Chuck Grassley (R- IA) wants to resurrect the sale of Uranium One to Russia that occurred under Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State, and thinks something fishy is going on with the FBI and one of their former contractors. But this deal never was much of a scandal

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Nature On The Eve Of Destruction -- The UN Extinction Report

Jim Conca

Let’s face it. Nature is losing against humans. A new U.N. report shows one million species are close to extinction, threatening our own existence. And while it’s not too late to recover, we must start transformative changes, the type that the Nations of the world can’t seem to make on anything

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Deep Borehole Nuclear Waste Disposal Just Got A Whole Lot More Likely

Jim Conca

Deep Isolation announced partnering with nuclear giant Bechtel to bring their technology for nuclear waste disposal to fruition. It uses fracking to put nuclear waste in two-mile-long tunnels, a mile below the Earth’s surface, where they’ll be surrounded by a very tight rock called shale

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The Nuclear Industry Pushes Back Against Coronavirus

Jim Conca

The Nuclear Industry first developed pandemic response plans in 2006, but they were revised in March. Many seem obvious, like stockpiling critical protective gear and implementing screening methods for employees and visitors to critical facilities, but it’s the execution that takes real effort

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As Ohio Decides To Save Its Nuclear Plants, Big Oil Is Displeased

Jim Conca

Ohio passed legislation to create subsidies to avoid the early shutdown of the state’s two nuclear power reactors. Which is good since nuclear generates over 90% of the state’s clean energy, its 600 MW of wind notwithstanding. But it also helps coal die more slowly and hurts renewables just a littl

Energy's Future - Battery and Storage Technologies

Jim Conca

Battery technologies have to catch up with other new low-C tech, and V-flow batteries may be the breakthrough we need. They are fully containerized, nonflammable, compact, reusable over semi-infinite cycles, discharge 100% of the stored energy and do not degrade for more than 20 years

Nuclear Power Always Ready For Extreme Weather

Jim Conca

As more Polar Vortices, Bomb Cyclones and massive hurricanes pummel America, nuclear plants keep putting out max power when other sources can’t. Last month, the Pacific Northwest’s onlynuclear plantwas ordered to keep the heat during record cold and snow because wind and gas couldn’t keep up

Amid COVID-19, Deep Borehole Disposal Of Nuclear Waste Marches Forward

Jim Conca

Deep Isolation announced the completion of a Post-Closure Safety Analysis for their proposed deep borehole disposal of nuclear waste. It shows that, even under the worst conditions, possible radioactivity releases are a thousand times less than the normal background radiation of anywhere in America.

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Why Closing Ohio's Nuke Plants Will End Up Killing More Ohioans

Jim Conca

Debate continues to rage in the Ohio Legislature over legislation that would help nuclear plants continue to produce low-carbon electricity, while also supporting renewables. But failure to enact Bill 6 would also lead to more deaths as coal and gas would be replacing the nuclear power

Could Low Doses Of Radiation Raise COVID-19 Survival Rates?

Jim Conca

Low-dose radiation to the lungs is the best therapy to reduce the mortality rates from COVID-19. It reduces the cytokine storm - the deadly uncontrolled systemic inflammatory response of the body, flooding the lungs and killing the patient. It’s why we need ventilators. Radiation reduces the storm. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Business energy

Can Electric Cars Rise In Time To Save Us? Washington State Says Yes

Jim Conca

WA State is committed to decarbonizing by mid-century and has passed legislation to do just that, like replacing all gasoline cars, mostly with electric vehicles. But that needs preparation, charging stations and knowledge of how we fit them into our lives, plus software like that supplied by EnelX