The Hiroshima Syndrome’s Fukushima Commentary is proudly hosting the latest edition of the Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers. This week, we have postings by Dr. Gail Marcus, Dan Yurman, Rod Adams, Brian Wang, and Meredith Angwin.

Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) quiz for this week… Democritus, the ancient Greek natural philosopher, was the first to theorize the concept of the atom.

Now…for this week’s Blogs. To read the full articles, please click on the individual links. Blog topics for this edition include… confusing correlation with causation, roadmap for SMR operation at INL, metallic fuels for LWRs, EMC2 Fusion’s advances in “Wiffle Ball” plasma, and a course on what may be hidden in the electric bill.

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From Dr. Gail Marcus’ Nuke Power Talk
Drawing the Right Conclusions

From Dan Yurman’s Neutron Bytes
NuScale announces roadmap for SMR operation at Idaho site by 2024

From Rod Adams’ Atomic Insights
Lightbridge metallic alloy fuel provides upgrade path for LWRs

From Brian Wang’s Next Big Future (2) –
2013 Independent Review declares EMC2 Fusion’s progress to be most significant advances made in plasma physics and magnetic fusion over the past 50 years
World Energy Mix in 2035 will have more nuclear because China will build it

From Meredith Angwin’s Yes Vermont Yankee
The Grid: My Course at OSHER Dartmouth

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Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) answer for this week… Fiction.

Democritus is often credited with the first promulgation of atomic theory, but he attributed the notion to his predecessor, Leucippus. Leucippus supposedly wrote The Big Cosmology, which has been lost to history. However, Democritus’ Little Cosmology (also lost) was referenced by Aristotle, who opposed atomic theory and the notion of space being empty. Aristotle tells us that Democritus got his idea from Leucippus and defined the atom as the irreducible minimum quantity of matter, each type of atom differing only in shape. To Democritus, space was infinite in extent and atoms infinite in number. His only attributable statement to have survived is, “Nothing occurs at random, but everything happens for a reason and by necessity.”