Our mission at the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering is to help develop the next generation of technical leaders of the global nuclear enterprise and to provide technical leadership in energy and non-energy applications of nuclear technology. We also have a responsibility to inform public debates on the wise uses of nuclear science and technology.

Purpose of this Blog

This is a blog written by the students of MIT’s Nuclear Science and Engineering department, with the support of our faculty. It is hosted outside of MIT’s domain name because of the established infrastructure at WordPress.com and due to the incredibly large traffic we were expecting and have seen so far. Please consult our official website http://web.mit.edu/nse/ and see the link under Headlines if you are concerned about the credibility.

The purpose of this blog is not to provide up-to-date information about the ongoing situation at the nuclear facilities in Fukushima, Japan, nor is it to promote to a pro-nuclear political agenda. Rather, we are trying to provide non-sensationalized, factual data from engineers in a manner that the general public can understand.  We are fighting to decipher conflicting news reports and manage the frustrating lack of clarity to provide this information.  Also, please understand that we are full time students, busy writing theses, going to classes, and completing homework assignments, so these updates may be somewhat behind those of the media outlets.

For truly up-to-date information, we encourage you to view websites such as http://ansnuclearcafe.org/ which has a compilation of news stories from the media outlets.  The website at http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ has fairly reliable information as well.