M. V. Ramana

Articles by M. V. Ramana

17 January 2018

A reminder from Hawaii

Lauren BorjaM. V. Ramana

From 1977 through 1984, there were 2,598 warnings of incoming missile attacks every year received by system operators. What happened in Hawaii reminds us to be careful when old warning systems are cranked up again.

28 June 2017

No Indonesian market for SMRs

M. V. Ramana

For small modular reactors in Indonesia, the economic and social costs outweigh the potential benefits, compared to alternative energy sources.

3 November 2016

A fast reactor at any cost: The perverse pursuit of breeder reactors in India

M. V. Ramana

India’s Department of Atomic Energy’s fast breeder reactor program is uneconomical and risky, and lacks a sound rationale.

3 May 2016

The high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) has long been considered a promising nuclear technology, and several countries are either considering the construction of new HTGRs or pursuing research into the field.

2 January 2016
Middle East

The leading international vendors of nuclear power reactors are competing hard to sell to the Middle East as markets dry up at home.

19 January 2015
AfricaAmericasAsiaEurope/RussiaMiddle East

Three minutes and counting

Lynn EdenRobert RosnerRod EwingSivan KarthaEdward "Rocky" Kolb Lawrence M. KraussLeon LedermanRaymond T. PierrehumbertM. V. RamanaJennifer SimsRichard C. J. SomervilleSharon SquassoniElizabeth J. WilsonDavid TitleyRamamurti Rajaraman

Today, more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War, the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board have looked closely at the world situation and found it so threatening that the hands of the Doomsday Clock must once again be set at three minutes to midnight.

1 May 2014

Many countries have long pursued fast neutron breeder reactors, which create more fissile fuel than they consume, because of the expectation that the world will run out of the low-cost uranium used for fuel in most commercial nuclear power reactors.

13 January 2014
AfricaAmericasAsiaEurope/RussiaMiddle East

Five minutes is too close

Lawrence M. KraussLynn EdenRobert RosnerAlexander GlaserEdward "Rocky" Kolb Leon LedermanRamamurti RajaramanM. V. RamanaElizabeth J. WilsonRichard C. J. SomervilleSivan KarthaJennifer SimsRod Ewing

A careful review of threats leads the Bulletin's Science and Security Board to conclude that the risk of civilization-threatening technological catastrophe remains high, and that the hands of the Doomsday Clock should therefore remain at five minutes to midnight.

1 November 2013

India’s government has extremely lofty ambitions for future nuclear energy generation, but the author argues that the poor economics of such generation, among other reasons, will not allow those to be realized.

1 March 2013
In the two years since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accidents, countries around the world have responded to the Japanese catastrophe in a variety of ways.