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Human nature

This week’s posting is a bit tardy – in the continuing aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I’ve been helping on the night shift at one of the city’s shelters and, more recently, been helping to check on the occupants of high-rises and housing project buildings in some of the areas affected by the storm. It’s been […]

Extreme weather

I’d initially planned on writing about the tension between freedom of information versus security for this week’s posting, but this week’s weather has given rise to some musings that seem a bit more relevant and immediate. So – I hope you’ll indulge me in discussing what I’m sure hundreds (or thousands) of other bloggers (not […]

Pascal’s Wager

I had to work full-time through my undergraduate degree (through grad school too, but that’s not relevant here) and most of my electives were taken because a class fit my schedule rather than because I was interested in the class. So when I showed up for the first day of Philosophy 101 I have to […]

Liquid fuel molten salt thorium reactors

Last week I wrote a little bit about how fertile thorium can be turned into reactor fuel. A discussion of how a thorium reactor might differ from a uranium reactor seems a reasonable follow-up topic. The reactors I worked with in the Navy were light-water pressurized water reactors. Like virtually every reactor we have on […]