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So today’s little post is for all you nuclear nerds out there. I came across this a few weeks ago. Its a nuclear reactor simulation game. Just bear with me. Now we realize how this will probably fly over most of your heads but we also know that some of you may get a little kick out of it. We really want to hear if anyone can actually work this! Is this in any way close to the dynamics of an actual reactor? It makes us feel a little like Homer Simpson but we’re interested to hear your feedback. Could this be a useful tool for school kids and college graduates to get to grips with reactor functionality? We only mention this to highlight one of the biggest problems we’ve seen after all our research for The Good Reactor,  a massive lack of student interest.

The very first interview we did was with Paul Madden provost of The Queen’s College, Oxford and skilled British chemist. He expressed the need for more interest in subjects related to all facets of the nuclear world. The bottom line is there’s a shortage of students in the fields of chemistry and physics. It hadn’t occurred to us when we started to make this film that current numbers in relevant third level courses and the number of students needed to supply demand in the future are woefully unaligned. We simply don’t have the numbers.

Its not just a problem in the UK.  This is across the globe. Furthermore this applies to all energy industries including renewable’s. After all, if nuclear power and renewable’s really are to solve the worlds energy crisis as many claim, it will need a capable workforce in order to run in it. Failing this even the nuclear industry would not hope to tackle the problems the future may hold.

Here’s a link to  Katie Hudek. Encouraging to see such a well educated young person speaking about real solutions to the big problems we’re  facing. Maybe the question we need to ask ourselves is not, ‘Can nuclear save us?‘, but, ‘Will we have enough Katie’s in 20 years  to run the power stations of the future?’

If the incentives are made clear for students picking their finishing subjects after school then maybe we can start to tackle this problem head on. There is hope but only if this problem is addressed soon.

These students in MIT made an impressive leap with their WAMSR research but this should just be the tip of the iceberg not a break from the norm. Our schools must effectively encourage pupils to get onto courses relevant to energy. Saving the next generations from potential doom should be our main priority and this all starts in the classroom.


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Moto-yasu Kinoshita

So myself and Des flew to London yesterday to meet Moto-yasu Kinoshita chief engineer from the “Koh Energy Kasokuki” higher energy accelerator research group in Japan. We had an amazing interview and discussed all things thorium, about his proof of concept reactor which he hopes to build by 2018 and of his hopes to start building commercial reactors by around 2025. It was especially great to catch up with someone who is actively working in the world of thorium today. He was able to bring us up to speed with some of the amazing work he is doing in Japan. We were very lucky to meet him before he flew to Norway today. Learn more about him in this article from Mark Halper.

Read “A plan to turn Japan’s nuclear past into its future with molten salt reactors

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Well, we’ve hit our target! The team here is simply shellshocked. We just cannot believe we’re over target with three days left. An enormous THANK YOU to each and every one of you. We are humbled and blown away by the support you’ve shown us. An extra special thank-you to everyone who helped spread the word through social media and by good old fashioned word of mouth.

Through the course of this campaign we’ve received lots of messages from people offering support. It’s been wonderful to talk to so many people who are as passionate about this subject as we are. Thanks to everyone who got in contact and apologies to anyone we haven’t replied to yet. We’ll respond to every message!

So the last thing to be said is that the £40,000 we asked for was the minimum required to finish post-production. We’re already over by £2895 which means that we will be able to fly to London next week to interview the chairman of the Japan-based International Thorium Molten-Salt Forum.

We’ve reviewed our budget for items that we removed to reduce costs. Any extra funds we receive will go directly to the following:

– If we reach £45,000 we can pay for additional archive footage we originally excluded. – If we reach £48,000 we will take a film crew to Oak Ridge National Laboratories in the US where the first Molten Salt Reactor was built. We will use a Kickstarter backer survery to ensure we ask the questions you want asked.

– If we reach £51,500 we will take a film crew to Japan to cover the restart of the country’s reactors and to interview the many researchers of Thorium there. We will use a Kickstarter backer survery to get suggestions for interviewees and questions.

– If we reach £60,000 we would like to include all the backers in selecting well-known music for the film. Popular, recognisable songs cost money but are very effective at creating the right kind of atmosphere to draw viewers in to the film.

– If we reach more than £60,000 we will hire the best voice actor we can to narrate the documentary. We will include all the backers in this decision as well. We would like to emphasise that this is our wishlist for finishing this film. Your contributions so far will already allow us to finish the documentary and we are tremendously grateful to every single backer for that. We have always said that we want this movie to appeal to as broad an audience as possible and every item on this wishlist will contribute to that.

It has been genuinely exciting for us to connect with so many backers who are as passionate about this subject as we are. We think these extra items we have listed are a great way to include all of you in the finished production. After all, this is your project too. This might be our wishlist but we would love to hear yours.

Frankie and Des

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Check out our AMA on reddit NOW!!


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Getting there!

Hello there! First of all we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed so far. We’ve had a great first few days. There has been an enormous out pouring of generosity which only seems to be going from strength to strength. Des and I are so happy with the kindness and words of support. All those facebook shares and emails to friends and family are really helping so please please keep it it up – we still have quite a way to go!

We’ve also had some fantastic coverage online. An article about the documentary on Business Insider is generating quite a bit of discussion and has received over 10,000 hits. Here we are being talked about in Italy and there are smaller blogs getting in on the action too and even has featured us (your source for global mining news!).

We’ll keep you updated on our progress over the coming days. Thanks again for all your help and please keep sharing our page and encourage people to donate.


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Write up in the Irish news

Got a write up today in the a popular Irish news magazine on the net. You can read the article here. In other news this morning, on day two of our campaign, we have raised a total of £3,879. We’re very proud! Keep up to date with all our progress here. And remember sharing is caring! So keep posting and talking about our project. It really makes all the difference.  Thanks so much to everyone who has already pledged money. Its a long road but at least we’re on it!



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So after much waiting we’ve finally launched our kickstarter appeal. Its only been up a few hours and already we’re receiving a very warm response. Please pass on our link to our page, let us know what you think and for Gods sake DONATE! Even if its a pound you get us a little closer to completion.  Here we go!




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Thorium In The Media

Hiya! Check out the thorium story in some of these short video’s below.

A Ted Talk (not from Kirk Sorenson) about the benefits of thorium.

A somewhat sinister short on the thorium conspiracy (loving that drone in the background) that isn’t a conspiracy? A little confusing but informative nonetheless.

The thorium dream (from our friends at vice).

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Kickstarter funding!

Stay tuned for our kickstarter campaign coming real soon. Kickstarter is a website dedicated to crowd funding. We set a target of funds we would like to reach, you donate whatever you like (with the benefit of small rewards). If we don’t reach our goal in the allocated time everyone gets their money back. Its as simple as that. We will keep you posted with details as and when they come in. 😉



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Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science

No matter what way you look at it. Private investment in cover ups and purposeful mis-information never looks good. Really it does nothing more than add credence to the anti-fossil fuel lobby. Energy cheaper than coal!

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