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Rating

9

Qualities

  • Innovative
  • Scientific
  • Eye Opening

Recommendation

In the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, societies are wary of nuclear energy, and several nations including Germany have committed to phasing out their nuclear power programs. In this engaging presentation, Leslie Dewan, co-founder of Transatomic Power, unveils a safer method for producing nuclear energy. Dewan translates technological jargon into accessible language, and the possibilities she shares are exciting. getAbstract recommends her insights to scientists, environmentalists and all concerned with finding alternatives to fossil fuels.

About the Speaker

Leslie Dewan is co-founder and CEO of Transatomic Power, a company that designs generation IV nuclear reactors.

 

Summary

During the 1950s, the US nuclear industry enjoyed popular support. US president Dwight D. Eisenhower championed the peaceful use of atomic power. In 1956, Walt Disney produced a book and an animation called Our Friend the Atom to explain and celebrate atomic power. These factors garnered public approval for nuclear power, which persisted throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and many nations built nuclear reactors. Alas, an accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979 and a nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in 1986 stoked public fears, from which the industry has yet to fully recover.


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