The Hiroshima Syndrome’s Fukushima Commentary is proudly hosting the Quarter-Millennial, 250th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers. This week’s edition includes articles by Dr. Gail Marcus, Rod Adams, Meredith Angwin, Dan Yurman, Will Davis, Brian Wang, and Leslie Corrice.

Here’s the Fact or Fiction (?) quiz for this week… On November 13, 1938, Otto Hahn met secretly with Lise Meitner in Copenhagen. At her suggestion, Hahn and colleagues performed further tests on a uranium-produced product they thought was Radium. Radium became the first fission product discovered from uranium fission.

Now…for this week’s Blogs. To read the full articles, please click on the individual links.

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From Nuke Power Talkby Dr. Gail Marcus (2) –

Nuclear Power Plant Performance 2014: Maintaining High Levels


More Acronyms: Beyond Energy

From Atomic Insights by Rod Adams (2) –

Diseconomy of scale – world’s largest canned-motor reactor coolant pump


Atomic Show #233 – Innovators discuss advanced reactor development in US

From Yes Vermont Yankee by Meredith Angwin (2) –

The Local Grid: Pictures at the Edge


Northwest Clean Energy blog…

Forbes’ Jim Conca showcases benefits of clean nuclear energy

From Neutron Bytes by Dan Yurman (2) –

Japan’s largest nuclear power station moves to center of reactor restart efforts


Ghosts of Pelindaba nuclear site break-in return to haunt South Africa

From ANS Nuclear Café by Will Davis

Belgian Doel-3, Tihange-2 back in the news

From Next Big Future by Brian Wang (2) –

Concentrated solar does set birds on fire…


China could build 200 reactors in the next 20 years

From Fukushima Commentary by Leslie Corrice

Japan’s latest source of radiophobia – Rainwater!

And, we close with a thought-provoking poem by English poet Wendy Cope, submitted by Dr. Jim Conca…

He tells her that the Earth is flat –

He knows the facts, and that is that.

In altercations fierce and long

She tries her best to prove him wrong.

But he has learned to argue well.

He calls her arguments unsound

And often asks her not to yell.

She cannot win. He stands his ground.

The planet goes on being round 

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Fact or Fiction (?) quiz answer – Fiction.

They eventually found that it was Barium, not Radium. They published their results in Naturwissenschaften (January 6, 1939). The process producing the Barium was called “nuclear fission”, using Bohr’s model of the nucleus. The esearch paper appeared in Nature (February 11, 1939). Unfortunately, in a sign of the times, Lise’s contribution to the discovery was excluded by her peers. Hahn was given the Nobel Prize for discovering fission in 1944. Eventually, Meitner’s contribution was understood by the scientific community. The Nobel Prize omission was partly rectified in 1966, when Hahn and Meitner were co-awarded the U.S. Fermi Prize. Lise was also honored when element number 109 was named “Meitnerium” after it was created in 1982.