China opens former secret nuclear plant as ‘world’s largest man-made cave’

November 1, 2016 by  
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China is now inviting international tourists into a secret underground nuclear plant for the first time ever. Billed as ‘the world’s largest man-made cave,’ the former 816 Nuclear Military Plant in the suburban Chongqing district has been remade into a tourist attraction, where visitors descend far underground to learn about Cold War nuclear weapons. With neon lights and spooky echoes from its nuclear past, the underground bunker offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers in what is most certainly southwest China’s coolest cave. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24JbDu3TDh8 The nuclear plant was originally designed to manufacture plutonium in the 1960s, part of a military megaproject that lasted 17 years and involved some 60,000 soldiers. The site was a massive secret, encompassing one million square feet of underground structure. The plant halted operations in 1984 and was officially declassified in 2002. The government opened it briefly for local tours in 2010 before shuttering it once more. It had not been open to the public again until early October, when the plant’s winding man-made caves were outfitted with elaborate light displays, a move designed to target foreign tourists for the first time. Related: America’s most polluted nuclear site is now a national park Reportedly, the expansive underground plant includes 18 caves and 130 tunnel roads, but only one-third or so of the total square footage is open to public tours. One part of the former nuclear plant now acts as something of a museum to its former purpose, with a 100-foot-tall hall where images of atomic weapons and plutonium processing are projected onto neon movie screens. Each room of the underground bunker highlights nuclear weapons in some way, with the added creep-factor of eerie blue and red lights that would look more at home in a nightclub than a former military site. Still, the public seems eager to sign up for one of the two-hour tours being led through the once top secret project. Could China’s latest tourist attraction spark a new trend in ‘nuclear spelunking ’? Via CNN Images via China Daily

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Watts Bar Unit 2 is the first new American nuclear reactor to go online in 20 years

October 21, 2016 by  
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A new nuclear reactor went online in Tennessee recently, making history as the first commercial reactor in America to go online in the 21st century. Watts Bar Unit 2 is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant , and cost $4.7 billion. The unit can power 650,000 homes. There hasn’t been a new nuclear reactor brought online in two decades. TVA says Watts Bar Unit 2 was finished “the right way – with safety and quality” taken into deep consideration every step along the way. The company says the unit underwent ” an extensive series of power ascension tests ” as it began to operate. This week they announced the new reactor is officially operational after it functioned properly and generated power for three weeks. TVA CEO Bill Johnson said the energy generated by Watts Bar Unit 2 will be reliable, low-cost, and will protect the area’s natural resources. Related: First new US nuclear power plant in 20 years scheduled to open in Tennessee The company emphasizes the power generated by Watts Bar 2 is clean energy

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Beautiful zoo pavilion built from sustainably sourced timber grows a green roof

October 21, 2016 by  
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The new entrance pavilion was commissioned for La Garenne zoo’s new location in Le Vaud and designed to “define the new identity of La Garenne zoo.” Both of the 315-square-meter building’s long facades are curved inwards and visitors pass through the center of each concave curve; this narrow channel marks the threshold between the outside world and the zoo . The pavilion’s hourglass shape flares out on both ends and includes a reception space, gift shop, restaurant, and multipurpose event space. Related: Tiny timber meditation pavilion in Italy reconnects people to nature A wide and curved vegetated roof with overhanging eaves tops the building. The timber pavilion is largely prefabricated to minimize construction waste and to make any future dismantling processes easy. All structural timber is FSC-certified or equivalent and the building earned Certificat d’Origine Bois Suisse accreditation for its use of Swiss wood, which accounts for 97% of the building materials. The facade features large glazed triangular panels that alternate with prefabricated wooden triangular panels. + LOCALARCHITECTURE Via ArchDaily Images via Matthieu Gafsou

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San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles

May 6, 2013 by  
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As Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster demonstrated, no nuclear plant is ever completely safe. In January 2012, the San Onofre nuclear generating station (SONGS) in Southern California was closed due to the discovery of a radiation leak and other damaged components. It has now been over a year, and Southern California Edison (SCE), which operates the station, has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for permission to bring the plant back online. Unfortunately for them, a shocking photograph published by local ABC affiliate 10 News has cast doubt over whether SCE’s request should be granted. The image, taken almost a year after the plant’s closure, shows a leaky pipe being held together with masking tape, plastic bags and broom handles. Read the rest of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Electricity , fossil fuels , nuclear industry , nuclear plant , nuclear power , renewable energy , safety , san onofre        

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Japanese Robotics Lab Launches New Robot for Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant

May 31, 2012 by  
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Meet “Rosemary” – a new emergency response robot prototype developed by the Future Robotics Technology Center for work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in northern Japan, which was ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami last year. After the disaster, foreign robots from the US were the first to explore the crippled nuclear facility. Now, Japanese researchers have stepped up and developed a cutting-edge robot of their own that will operate in areas that are contaminated by radiation. Read the rest of Japanese Robotics Lab Launches New Robot for Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Crippled Nuclear Reactor , fukushima daiichi nuclear plant , Future Robotics Technology Center , Japan robot for nuclear plant , Japan Robotics , Rosemary

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‘Cooking With Mama’ Uses Skype and Unloved Vegetables to Whip Up Yummy Meals

May 31, 2012 by  
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A year ago we showed you Prinzessinnengarten , a mobile urban garden that blooms in Berlin. Well, in addition to growing lots of organic vegetables, they also organize open events centered around food. Last week we were at ‘ Cooking With Mama ‘, a social gathering where artist Hiwa K. cooked up vegetables leftover from local markets as he followed his Iraqi mum’s instructions via Skype! Read the rest of ‘Cooking With Mama’ Uses Skype and Unloved Vegetables to Whip Up Yummy Meals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: berlin , Botanical , community , Cooking With Mama , Dinner Exchange Berlin , freeganism , green events , local markets , Prinzessinnengarten , skype , social design , sustainable food , Urban Farming , vegetable leftovers

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New York Could Close Indian Point Nuclear Plant Without New Capacity Needed Until 2020

October 17, 2011 by  
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Patrick Stahl / CC BY-SA 2.0 Some new analysis done by Synapse Energy Economics, at the request of NRDC and Riverkeeper , shows that the state of New York could close the aging Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant , without needing to bring additional electrical generating capacity online until 2020, due a surplus of power capacity in the regions surro… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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