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. Jim Conca, Rod Adams, Dr. Gail Marcus, Steve Alpin, Dan Yurman, John Dobken, and Meredith Angwin.

Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) quiz for this week… The Fukushima nuclear accident occurred the same year as the 50th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear-powered satellite being launched.

Now…for this week’s Blogs. To read the full articles, please click on the individual links. Blog topics for this edition include… Australia as a global nuke waste repository, natural gas is the energy source actually replacing nuclear, the economic challenges facing nukes, why mixed oxide fuel is so expensive, and a brief history of the antinuclear persuasion.

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From Dr. Jim Conca at Forbes Magazine (3) –
Australia Should Cash In On A Single Global Nuclear Repository

Natural Gas, Not Renewable, Is Replacing Nuclear Power

Children Win Another Climate Change Legal Case In Mass Supreme Court

From Rod Adams at Forbes Magazine
(Note; Rod has become a new contributor to Forbes. This gives the nuclear blogging community another voice at Forbes, in addition to Dr. Jim Conca.)
Addressing Economic Challenges Facing Nuclear Power Plants

…and from his home website, Atomic Insights

How Did the MOX Project Get So Expensive?

From Dr. Gail Marcus at Nuke Power Talk
Positive Signs for Nuclear Power: Views from ANS Officers

From Steve Alpin at Canadian Energy Issues
Ideology, altruism, and money: a brief history of the anti-nuclear movement

From Dan Yurman at Neutron Bytes
Surrender at Ft. Calhoun

From John Dobken at Northwest Clean Energy
It’s about value (and the future)

From Meredith Angwin at Yes Vermont Yankee (2) –
Cesium in the biosphere: Guest post by Stewart Faber
Payments on the Grid: What Every Citizen Should Know

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

On June 29, 1961, the Transit 4A satellite became the first test flight of a nuclear power source developed for use in spacecraft. The drum-shaped satellite weighing about 175 pounds was launched by a Thor-DM21 Able-Star rocket. The U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Naval Weapons used Transit 4A as one of four navigational satellites used by ships and aircraft. It was a primary tool in regular updating of the navigation systems on Polaris missile submarines. Transit 4A used Plutonium-238 isotopic decay as the source of heat, which was converted to electricity by an array of thermocouples.

Transit 4A remains in orbit and its path can be tracked at