As a nuclear physicist you sometimes desire quick and easy access to a large amount of nuclear data. You find yourself searching the web for complete data sets of the specific property your interested in. If you find a data set, it might not be as complete as you wanted and above all it requires some proper file parsing to read in the data.
With PyNE your problems are solved. It is called a Nuclear Engineering Toolkit and provides a Python API where e.g. nuclear decay data based on ENSDF can be obtained.
In Russia, Dubna, a new facility is built purely dedicated to superheavy element research. Its name, “The Superheavy Element Factory”, speaks for itself, the objective is to synthesise new chemical elements.
The following video gets you properly introduced to the factory and also the current status of superheavy element research.
Git is an awesome version control software and it is a given for all my projects. I usually use GitHub to host my repositories. GitHub has a superb user and collaboration interface where you can e.g.:
Describe your repository through a Readme that interprets markdown and views it at the front page.
Post issues and discuss them in a forum-like system.
Create a Wiki to describe your project in detail.
Additionally , the webpage offers, what they denote, GitHub Classroom. It functions as a Learning Management System (LMS) and it strongly helps the teacher to deliver material to the students, administer tests and other assignments, track student progress, and manage record-keeping.
I am addicted to lists. Lists are so easy to interpret and write. I use them all the time at work and I make lists of:
What I have done
Oh, see even a list here.
I always use a primitive text editor, VIM for these purposes. VIM alone is not perfect as it comes to readability and portability, hence also not sharing. The combination of the MultiMarkdown flavour of markdown syntax [http://fletcherpenney.net/multimarkdown/], Pandoc and vim-pandoc enriches and simplifies my life. Now it is a piece of cake to share my otherwise cryptic notes with others in styled .pdf and .html.
Apparently, a nuclear reactor type unlike any others we are utilising today, was developed in the 1960s. It is called the Molten salt reactor (MSR) and the project was cancelled in the US much due to its non-existent alignment with the nuclear weapon’s programme. The MSR fuelled with thorium, denoted TMSR, possesses various safety advantages, much better fuel efficiency, less and not as long-lived nuclear waste such as a larger proliferation resistance.