Mitchell Atlas Nuclear engineering for fun and profit

The Martian

I recently read Andy Weir’s The Martian, a novel about an astronaut who is marooned on Mars when his crew is forced to leave him for dead during an unexpected dust storm. The book chronicles his efforts to stay alive until a rescue team can bring him back to Earth.

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Long time no see

Hello all.

As you may or may not have noticed, it’s been over a year since my last update. This isn’t exactly unheard of when it comes to blogging, but suffice it to say that life got considerably more busy (job searching, master’s thesis, moving countries, more job-searching, etc.) and as a result my web site responsibilities fell by the wayside.

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Upcoming UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Reddit AMA

Just a short announcement that there is a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) happening today with with several professors from the UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering (Go Bears!) answering questions about all things nuclear. If there’s anything you ever wanted to know about nuclear energy or radiation (but were too afraid to ask), now is your chance! Check it out here!

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A Brief History of Radiation

Though radiation and nuclear technology may seem like a hallmark of the modern era, we have known about radiation for quite some time. Let’s take a look at the history and the people behind this amazing branch of physics.

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Units and notation

Up until this point, I have mostly avoided using numbers, units, and equations but in future articles this will not be possible. So now would be a good time to ensure that you are acquainted with these concepts before things get too complex.

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