This Nuke’s For You

| 12/12/2007 11:30:45 AM

The hottest portable gadget released this holiday season isn’t’s new e-book, the Kindle. It’s a nuclear reactor. Depending on whom you talk to, the portable nuclear reactor is either the most significant development in energy technology since the invention of the wind turbine, or it’s a harbinger of the apocalypse.

The portable nuke is the brainchild of Hyperion Power Generation, a company created last month to bring nuclear technology into the private sector, Dave Maass writes for the Santa Fe Reporter. Hyperion is promoting the portable nuclear reactor as a means of ending dependency on fossil fuel and abolishing poverty in the developing world. Maass reports that Hyperion’s claims have been met with considerable skepticism. Los Alamos Study Group Executive Director Greg Mello says, “This whole idea is loony and not worthy of too much attention,”

Morgan Winters

This article has been amended to properly source the originally reported material.

12/20/2007 9:04:02 PM

Toshiba's got some prototypes of a similar idea. It's not like it's just one American working on this.

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