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March 13, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Nuclear energy innovators include Bill Gates, China
    Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' TerraPower, Lockheed Martin and China are pursuing different approaches to harness nuclear energy as part of efforts to combat climate charge, observers say. TerraPower plans to develop a fission-based reactor, while Lockheed Martin has set its sights on nuclear fusion, which is a harder path. China, on the other hand, is working on thorium reactors. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utah firm continues to aid Japan in Fukushima cleanup activities
    EnergySolutions continues to assist in the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, two years after the facility suffered a meltdown. The company's tasks include helping in the design and operation of a water decontamination system. "We're hopeful other technologies that we have will be instrumental in other phases of the cleanup," said Mark Walker, a company spokesman. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Rep. Clyburn: Nuclear energy means economic boost for S.C.
    In order for the U.S. to prosper economically, it must have a diverse energy mix, including nuclear, writes Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. While South Carolina is ahead of the curve in meeting growing energy demand with nuclear energy expansion projects, the jobs they create require training. Clyburn writes that South Carolinians should be active in seeking education and job opportunities in the nuclear energy field. "According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average annual starting salaries in nuclear energy range from $65,000 to $80,000, and the median annual salary for nuclear engineers is $82,900. For our community, this adds up to an additional $430 million per year in economic impact," he writes. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • How CEOs build a winning team
    CEOs need a great team if they want a great organization, which means holding hires to a high standard from the start, venture capitalist Ben Horowitz writes. It's vital to make it clear to executives that performance evaluations will be based on new criteria as the organization grows, he adds. Ben Horowitz blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How successful executives manage their time
    The best executives know how to organize their time into large chunks so they can make progress on big projects, Eric Barker writes, citing a book by management expert Pete Drucker. "If you're just doing what comes in, you're on the treadmill, not making a difference," Barker writes. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan regulator to establish radiation monitoring hub in incidents
    Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority will establish a government-operated radiation monitoring center in case of a nuclear accident. Nuclear plant operators and prefectural governments have been conducting radiation monitoring for years, but data-collection struggles during the Fukushima Daiichi incident prompted the Japanese government to assume a leading role. The Mainichi (Japan) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weak demand deals blow to Namibia's uranium mining sector
    Namibia's uranium mining industry is suffering from weak global demand driven by some countries' decisions to abandon nuclear power, observers say. The country's costs are among the largest of the world's top uranium producers. "Namibia has desert locations that are expensive and hard to get to, so if the uranium price is much under $70 a pound, it's going to be a tough place to turn a profit," said Rob Chang, a Cantor Fitzgerald analyst. The Wall Street Journal (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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