For readers who do not know me, my name is Dan Yurman and I published a blog on nuclear energy titled “Idaho Samizdat” from 2007-2012. After a hiatus of just reading and watching the nuclear and space exploration industries, in August 2014 I started a new blog with a more general scope. I remain interested in both topics.
Topics may stray into the fields of online publishing and the news media in general. You’ll see some of the media items in my Twitter feed.
This blog will be collection of news notes on things that I find interesting in these fields. My perspective is the “so what” question, the why, and ‘what does it mean’ of a news event. I do not have an agenda, point of view, and program other than a generally positive view of commercial nuclear energy and its benefits. I’ll try to be objective, but I do have opinions and will call them out as needed.
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- This blog publishes and updates annually a basic reading list on nuclear energy for generalists.
- A new web page added in September 2015, updated most recently in February 2020, is a directory of advanced nuclear reactor projects in North America. This blog post points to several U.S. and global databases listed these projects.
- A new web page added in 2019 provides information on how to be an advocate for nuclear energy in an era of climate change.
Awards for this Blog
In February 2019 the Energy Central site, which syndicates the content of this blog, awarded a post from Neutron Bytes as the “top post” of the year.
Blog Post Title: Project to Demonstrate Hydrogen Production Using IMSR
published September 10, 2018
See also a profile interview at this link. Full text follows below.
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I worked at the Idaho National Laboratory for 20 years from 1989-2009. Over half of that time involved in technology transfer work done with the lab’s scientists and engineers.
I am a national member of the American Nuclear Society. I served on the ANS Public Communications Committee from 2010 to 2019 and am currently on the Social Media Team. In 2010 I helped launch the ANS Blog ANS Nuclear Cafe and have been a regular contributor to it since then.
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A Time Traveler from the Age of Steam
Why is there a picture of a railroad engineer at the top of this page? I was a rail fan at a young age and grew up in an era when steam locomotives were being phased out for more efficient diesels.
The restoration of steam locomotives in the 21st Century is a fitting tribute to the men and women who worked on them when they were in revenue service.
Readers are welcome to add brief notes and URLs about their favorites in the comments section.
Here is a video clip of the 611 on a rail fan trip in 2017.