The Hiroshima Syndrome’s Fukushima Commentary is proudly hosting the latest edition of the Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers. This week, we have postings by Meredith Angwin, Dr. Jim Conca, Dr. Gail Marcus, and Leslie Corrice
Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) quiz for this week… The Michelson-Morley experimental failure in 1887 was critical to the eventual acceptance of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
Now…for this week’s Blogs. To read the full articles, please click on the individual links. Blog topics for this edition include… NY Governor Mario Cuomo’s disturbing attitude towards Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant, nuclear science week celebrated in the state of Washington, China moves to the forefront in nuclear plant construction, whether fusion is really right around the corner, and the Western Press gets it wrong (again) about Fukushima radiation and cancer.
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From Meredith Angwin’s Yes Vermont Yankee –
Governor Cuomo, Fitzpatrick, and Money: James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant
At Northwest Clean Energy –
Energy Northwest celebrates nuclear science week
From Dr. Jim Conca of Forbes Magazine
China Shows How to Build Nuclear Reactors Fast and Cheap
From Dr. Gail Marcus’ Nuke Power Talk –
Is Fusion Getting Closer? And What if it Is?
From Leslie Corrice’s Fukushima Commentary –
The Western Press spins Japan’s workman’s comp into a medical diagnosis
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Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) answer for this week… Fact.
On July 12, 1887 Albert A. Michelson and Edward W Morley made the final measurements in an experiment that inadvertently changed the way scientists viewed the workings of the universe. They hoped to prove the existence of ether—the invisible substance Isaac Newton theorized as the medium through which light waves travel. Michelson modified the interfërometer—a device that split a single beam of light into two and then recombined them into one so that their wave patterns can be examined. The beams traveled perpendicular to each other. The two scientists hoped to see signs that one beam had slowed due to the ether. But, there was absolutely no difference. Their findings eventually led to the realization that the speed of light is constant, unchangeable, and the same everywhere in the universe. This experimental failure was critical in paving the way for Einstein’s theories. http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/8805/title/Michelson-Morley–The-Great-Failure/
PS – While an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, my first date with my future wife was a party at the house where Michelson and Morley lived when they worked together. Many years later, I was honored to be a trustee at the 1987 international fête at CWRU celebrating the 100th anniversary of what was perhaps the most important scientific failure of all time…the Michelson-Morley experiment. L.