March 21, 2014

The Hiroshima Syndrome’s Fukushima Commentary is proudly hosting the 201st Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers. This week’s edition has articles from Gail Marcus, Jim Hopf, Will Davis, Brian Wang, Rod Adams, and (yours truly) Les Corrice.

Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) quiz for this week…Albert Einstein was forced to leave high school (Luitpold Gymnasium in Munich, Switzerland) early due to poor grades. Fact or Fiction? The answer is at the end of the listed blogs.

Now…for this week’s Blogs. To read the full articles, please click on the individual links. Blog topics for this edition include – USNRC’s Commissioner Magwood moving to OECD/NEA in September, Part II of “Persistent Prejudice Against Nuclear”, the CAP and Power Demonstration Reactors, China’s new push to develop Thorium-fueled reactors in ten years, and much more.

From Nuke Power Talk

New Director-General for the OECD/NEA: USNRC Commissioner Magwood to Take the Post


From ANS Nuclear Café – (2)

Persistent Prejudice Against Nuclear—Can Anything Be Done? Part 3


Eisenhower’s Atomic Power for Peace III: CAP and Power Demonstration Reactors


From Next Big Future – (2)

China targets new molten salt thorium nuclear reactors by 2024 with war-like pressure to accelerate solution to killer air pollution


Two Sendai nuclear reactors placed on priority screening list for reactor restarts in Japan


From Atomic Insights – (2)

Why is Radiation Biology Funding Disappearing?


Ambulance-Chasing lawyer Taking Advantage of US Sailors


From The Hiroshima Syndrome’s Fukushima Commentary

Fukushima Third Anniversary: International Press

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Fact or Fiction (?) answer –


Einstein’s academic record at the Gymnasium was outstanding, but he left the highly competitive school 1.5 years early. Here’s why – the Einstein family’s electrical manufacturing enterprise failed, first in Munich and then in Italy, where the family moved after the first business failure. They were soon followed by their son, who hated the Luitpold Gymnasium. A family friend, Gustav Maier, felt Albert was worthy of collegiate studies although he was two years younger than the minimum age for matriculation. Maier wrote to the Federal Technical Institute in Zurich and said the Einstein was a “wunderkinder” and deserved to be considered. Albert subsequently applied to the Institute. The exam had to be filled out in French, the primary spoken language of Zurich. Albert received a failing grade because he was not fluent in French. The above sequence of events may have led to the misconception that Albert Einstein flunked out of school, buthe did not fail any prep school classes.