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An evidence based rational viewpoint and discussion on science and society, focusing on important current issues. I hope to provide a clear voice for the quiet moderate majority on highly polarized issues such as climate change, social inequity, and the growth of anti-science sentiment. #therationalview #science #tok #evidencebased #climatechange

The Rational View podcast with Dr. Al Scot‪t‬ Al Scott

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An evidence based rational viewpoint and discussion on science and society, focusing on important current issues. I hope to provide a clear voice for the quiet moderate majority on highly polarized issues such as climate change, social inequity, and the growth of anti-science sentiment. #therationalview #science #tok #evidencebased #climatechange

    New Nuclear with Canon Bryan of Terrestrial Energy

    New Nuclear with Canon Bryan of Terrestrial Energy

    The Rational View episode 46 is my first exploration of some of the Small Modular Reactor technologies being touted as the next big thing in green energy solutions. Terrestrial Energy is one of the companies racing to develop a small integral modular molten salt reactor to help in the fight against climate change.
    SMRs are ideal for powering remote and isolated communities, mines, and scientific bases that are currently powered by diesel generators.
    Operating at 47 percent thermal efficiency, an IMSR® power plant generates 195 megawatts of electricity with a thermal-spectrum, graphite-moderated, molten-fluoride-salt reactor system. It uses today’s standard nuclear fuel – comprising standard-assay low-enriched uranium (less than 5 percent 235U) – critical for near-term commercial deployment. The IMSR® power plant design incorporates many aspects of molten salt reactor operation that were researched, demonstrated and proven by test reactors at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
    Canon Bryan is a financial professional with over 25 years of experience in various aspects of the finance industry. Mr. Bryan was a founding shareholder in Terrestrial Energy, where he serves as chief financial officer, developing advanced commercial power plants. He was also a founding shareholder in NioCorp Developments (NB: TSXV) and Uranium Energy Corp (UEC: NYSE). NioCorp, where he served as VP Corporate Development, is developing the largest niobium deposit in North America. UEC is a producer and developer of ISR uranium in the USA. 
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    Debating Nuclear Risks with Ed Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists

    Debating Nuclear Risks with Ed Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists

    In this episode I step out of the pro-nuclear echo chamber and interview a senior representative of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a non-profit climate-oriented group with a history of opposing nuclear power.  UCS has annual revenues on the order of $40 Million. 
    Engaging with opposing ideas and challenging our assumptions should be a continuous process, and exposure to contrary views is necessary if we want to make a difference in public opinion.
    Dr. Edwin Lyman is the Director of Nuclear Power Safety at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC. He earned a doctorate in physics from Cornell University in 1992.  From 1992 to 1995, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (now the Science and Global Security Program).  From 1995 to 2003, he worked for the Nuclear Control Institute. His research focuses on nuclear power safety and security. He is a co-author (with David Lochbaum and Susan Q. Stranahan) of the book Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster (The New Press, 2014). He is the recipient of the 2018 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award from the American Physical Society. 
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    • 44 min
    Nuclear Thoughtscapism with Iida Ruishalme

    Nuclear Thoughtscapism with Iida Ruishalme

    I enjoyed a fun talk with fellow EcoModernist Iida Ruishalme about nuclear energy, communicating risks, and double standards. I have shared her wonderful, well referenced pro-nuclear images all over Facebook, and have learned a lot from her well-put-together popularisations. Go check out her excellent blog at https://www.Thoughtscapism.com
    Iida Ruishalme is a biologist specialising in biomedical research, a science communicator, and a fiction writer. She is a Finn by birth and has a Master’s degree from Sweden. She has worked in environmental chemistry, diabetes research, pharmaceutical bio-bank labs, and lab robotics. Nowadays she lives in Switzerland with her husband and two children. She is an active member of three ecomodernist associations across Europe.
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    • 43 min
    Gerry Thomas and the UNSCEAR reports

    Gerry Thomas and the UNSCEAR reports

    The Rational View episode 43 discusses the public misperceptions of nuclear radiation health risks, as presented in the UNSCEAR reports on Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi.
    Dr. Gerry Thomas is Professor of Molecular Pathology at Imperial College London and, until 2016 was Clinical Director of the newly established West London NHS Genomic Medicine Centre. She is a serial biobanker, having established the Chernobyl Tissue Bank in 1998. She was the Scientific Director of the Wales Cancer Bank, and was Project Director for the Imperial College Healthcare Tissue. She was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to Science and Public Health. Her scientific research has been focused on thyroid cancer. She has carried out research into the health effects of the Chernobyl accident since 1992. Gerry has published extensively on the molecular pathology of thyroid cancer, and is an author of a number of reviews of the health effects of radiation exposure following nuclear accidents, having contributed to IAEA publications on the Fukushima accident, UNSCEAR publications on the Chernobyl accident and more recently an IARC review of Thyroid Monitoring after nuclear accidents.
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    • 37 min
    A decade after Fukushima Dai-ichi with Philip Thomas

    A decade after Fukushima Dai-ichi with Philip Thomas

    Professor Philip Thomas has extensive experience in the chemical and nuclear industries, with over 20 years experience at Imperial Chemical Industries and the UK Atomic Energy Authority where he managed the green-field decommissioning of the Windscale advanced gas-cooled reactor.  He moved into academia in 2000, taking up a chair in Engineering Development at City, University of London.  The University of Bristol appointed him Professor of Risk Management in 2015.  He is a Freeman of the City of London and Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, a City of London guild.  He has published over 130 journal and conference papers on control, instrumentation, nuclear decommissioning, risk assessment, economics and law.  His book, Simulation of Industrial Processes for Control Engineers, was published in 1999.
    Philip Thomas researches risk management, where he has developed the Judgement- or J-value (http://jvalue.co.uk/overview.php ) , a framework that enables objective decisions to be taken on expenditure to protect humans and the environment.  He recently led a team applying the J-value and complementary techniques to gauge how best to cope with a big nuclear accident such as Chernobyl or Fukushima.  The results of the multi-university study (https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/process-safety-and-environmental-protection/vol/112/part/PA ) were reported by the national and international press.  His J-value insights on managing the current coronavirus pandemic have attracted similar press coverage. He has written extensively on Covid-19 measurement and control strategies for The Spectator, the UK's longest-running news journal (https://www.spectator.co.uk/writer/philip-thomas ) and the measurements of key epidemic parameters for England, made with the PCCF measurement filter he derived, are updated daily on The Spectator Covid-19 Data Tracker (https://data.spectator.co.uk/ ).
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    • 45 min
    The bright side of nuclear power with Chris Keefer

    The bright side of nuclear power with Chris Keefer

    The Rational View episode 41 is an interview with Dr. Chris Keefer discussing the many benefits of nuclear power. 
    Chris Keefer is an emergency physician, medical simulation educator, nuclear energy advocate and podcaster. He is the medical director of EMdeliberate practice, the President of Canadians for Nuclear Energy and the Director of Doctors for Nuclear Energy and the host of the Decouple Podcast.
    Together we delve into the amazing benefits of Canada's CANDU nuclear fleet, and the damaging double standards that prevent society from achieving abundant clean power.
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