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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 11:55 AM
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Did you know that 24 U.S. Universities run nuclear reactors?
Something I didn't know until I talked with a colleague who used to work on one.
She said they only had the budget for minimal radiation protection, simple tags that indicate when they had received enough radiation for one day.

According to Wikipedia each of these Universities have a nuclear reactor:

Idaho State University
Kansas State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Penn State University
Purdue University
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Texas A&M University
University of Arizona
University of California-Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of Florida
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Missouri Columbia
University of New Mexico
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
University of WisconsinMadison
Washington State University

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nuclear_reactors
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:00 PM
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1. When I was your age, my first computer class was in one of those reactor building ...
University of Massachusetts Lowell - it was The University of Lowell back then. Felt weird going into that building, but that's where they put us.
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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:01 PM
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2. The budget for simple radiation protection
Edited on Tue May-17-11 12:04 PM by sharp_stick
was this back in the 40's or what?

You can't run a research or any other kind of reactor without oversight by the NRC including minimal safety standards. Tags are radiation detectors not safety devices and the one time use tags described above haven't been around for years in this country.

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-shee...
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:02 PM
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3. Probably lot more than that
Wiki forgot the one at URI I visited a few years ago: http://www.rinsc.ri.gov/
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:03 PM
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4. They used to have large cyclotrons underground below the campus, too.
Most of those reactors have very little in common with power reactors.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:17 PM
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5. Do you know that the radioisotopes used every day in hospitals and
diagnostic imaging facilities around the world are produced, OF NECESSITY, in nuclear reactors?

They are out there. And some of them are vital. But they are nothing to base our energy grid upon.

They should be few, and used for tasks that nothing else can be used for.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:17 PM
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6. Maybe we should export nuclear research to China or India...
:sarcasm:
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:18 PM
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7. Stanford has a linear accelerator
right near Interstate 280.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:25 PM
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9. NEAR?
Edited on Tue May-17-11 12:36 PM by Brother Buzz
280 crosses directly over the linear accelerator

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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:19 PM
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8. The one at University of Arizona is currently in the process of being shut down
It is small. Generated enough electricity to power about a hundred hair dryers.

Don
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EnviroBat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-17-11 12:30 PM
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10. I went on a tour of OSU's small reactor when I first started working here.
Yes, it was as creepy as I had imagined it would be. They shut down the lights and everything in the pool glows an eerie blue color. At one time they actually buried the spent fuel in barrels behind the reactor building. Frightening how little they understood about the dangers of radioactive materials back in the day.
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