The Abandoned Communist Nuclear Reactor That Could Have Killed Us All

Just 90 miles off the tip of Florida lies a half-baked, abandoned relic of the Cold War-era arms race—what was once going to be a joint Cuban-Soviet nuclear reactor. And thank god it never panned out. Because not only do we now have these incredible shots from photographer Darmon Richter, but every last aspect of… » 10/09/14 2:56pm 10/09/14 2:56pm

What Would It Take To Evacuate a Nuclear Meltdown?

The U.S.' nuclear plants are getting older, becoming more unstable with age even as we demand more power of them. Meanwhile, population growth around these powerhouses has sky-rocketed, by as much as a factor of four in some places. Say you live in one of these cities. In the event of an emergency, how likely is it… » 6/27/11 9:00pm 6/27/11 9:00pm

"Clean Coal" No Longer Oxymoron at New Power Plant

Maybe you've heard the plans for "clean coal" (aka carbon capture and storage), a technology that collects carbon-dioxide exhaust from formerly high-polluting power plants, condensing and freezing it for storage in depleted natural-gas fields. This month, energy provider Vattenfall fired up the CO2 collection process… » 9/21/08 4:30pm 9/21/08 4:30pm

Toshiba Builds Personal-Sized Micro Nuclear Reactor? Huh?

Here's an idea that's not going to go over well with the Department of Homeland Security: Toshiba has reportedly developed a nuclear reactor that will fit in your basement. Measuring 20 feet wide by 6 feet long, it cranks out 200kW and doesn't even require Homer Simpson to operate, since it's supposedly totally… » 12/18/07 1:21pm 12/18/07 1:21pm

Flying Power Plants to Generate Electricity in the Future

The idea sounds simple. If winds are stronger than 10km up in the air, why not build a power plant that can harness that energy? That's what Cali-based Sky WindPower is proposing with their flying power plants. But how would these plants work and more importantly, how much cash would be saved? Well, the ideas is to.... » 4/04/07 4:56pm 4/04/07 4:56pm