In pop culture, we tend to pigeonhole scientists into a few stereotypes: out-of-touch nerds (Jerry Lewis’ Nutty Professor), bumbling head-in-the-clouds types (Doc Brown) or obsessed madmen (Dr. Frankenstein/Moreau/Jekyll/Strangelove).
Because of the growing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima power plant, we’ve spent the past week discussing nuclear energy around the globe. Today we conclude with a look at Africa. Many African nations have long struggled to find reliable energy sources.
Worries about nuclear power are rippling across the world as Japan struggles to stave off a potential nuclear meltdown. Earlier in the week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the temporary closure of some of the country’s nuclear plants.
The federal government recently announced it will no longer fund Fermilab’s massive particle collider and when Tevatron stops operating later this year, up to 100 employees may also lose their jobs.The particle collider in west suburban Batavia was once the world’s most powerful.