ENS President’s contribution
The nuclear Reactors of Oklo: 2 billion Years before Fermi !
1. The Italian Navigator has landed in the New World.
On December 2, 1942, this cryptic message announced that the team gathered around Enrico Fermi in Chicago had managed to sustain a fission chain reaction in the first ever man made nuclear reactor, CP1. This was the climax of a decade long search, starting with the discovery by Chadwick in 1932 of the neutron, a particle able to interact with the nuclei without being hampered by their electric charges, the series of experiments by Fermi sending “moderated” neutrons against every nucleus of the Mendeleyev Table, the discovery of the fission of uranium by Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner in 1938.
Tapping Unusual Quarters
Quite frankly, if there are two words I cannot stand, they are the ubiquitous “sustainable” and “sustainability”. Every report and every newspaper or magazine article that purports to deal with the future of our planet is peppered with references to these two words. They have acquired such a capacity for triggering positive knee-jerk reactions from any audience that no issue, however loosely connected to the environment, can be discussed without invoking them. Even the nuclear industry has fallen prey to their fashionable appeal. They have become the ultimate paradigm of politically correct thinking.
ETRAP2005 promises to be this year’s key event for all professionals in the field of radiation protection education and training, offering a stimulating flux of ideas and initiatives.
ENC 2005 – The next European Nuclear Conference will be a highlight in the world nuclear scientific and technical community for the year 2005.
Make time for PIME!
Bringing together nuclear communications specialists from around the world to share experiences, exchange views and promote communications excellence – that is the aim of PIME, the annual Public Information Materials Exchange.
Mark your diary for the next Research Reactor Fuel Management Conference (RRFM), to be held from 30 April to 3 May 2006 at the Kempinski Hotel Zografski in Sofia (Bulgaria).