Maybe renewable energy sources like solar power are not enough to cover our increasing energy demand right now. In the panoramic photo above you can see the housing of a new 1,100 megawatt Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor that will help bridge the gap.
Cars, boats, trains, planes. They're all pretty standard kids' toys, and there's nothing wrong with them either. But maybe you want your offspring to get too familiar with something a little more sophisticated at that formative age. How about some nuclear power plant blocks?
The two mile radius surrounding Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant may be out of commission for longer than anyone had previously thought; according to the Daily Yomiuri, land within about 3km could be kept off-limits "for several decades." It may also, according to the NY Times, be quite some time before residents…
Somewhere around 75 percent of U.S. nuclear power plants have been found leaking the radioactive element Tritium into the ground to various extents. Corroded piping buried underground seems to be the main problem, and a problem that can affect groundwater if ignored.
Nicholas Jackson over at The Atlantic has a great piece about the tear down of the Zion nuclear power plant in Illinois that was permanently deactivated in 1998 after both of it's reactors were accidentally/coincidentally shut down. But even when done properly, complete removal isn't so simple.
Six days after the earthquake that rocked Japan and left thousands dead, the nation is now struggling to avert disaster at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Events have moved fast and risks are hard to assess.
The Japanese authorities have announced that radiation levels surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are increasing to potentially harmful levels. New Scientist investigates the health risks associated with nuclear power plant explosions.