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What is this website?

Nuclear Power Yes Please is a network for people who have an interest in the issue of nuclear power. This website is a means to let you have the Smiling Atom artwork for free, to use as you please. It is also meant to provide relevant, accurate and scientific information regarding nuclear power, while at the same time combating junk science and misinformation. 


We feel that nuclear power has gotten a bad reputation that it doesn't deserve. Rumors and old myths surround this issue. We are convinced that nuclear power is vital to securing energy production in a sustainable way until science can provide us with a truly limitless source of power. In order to make that happen, we must judge nuclear power on its objective merits rather than letting fear and misconceptions hold it back. This website aims to provide the facts and the science needed to make that happen.

We also know that there are plenty of people who share this view. By providing the Smiling Atom to sympathizers, they may express their support for the opinion that nuclear power is a possible and most likely necessary part of our forseeable future.

Who made it?

We are people who care deeply for science, for honest debate, and for the environment. We are not sponsored in any way and no one asked us to do it. We did it because we felt like it, in our own free time.

Michael Karnerfors, founder of the website

Michael Karnerfors

Age 34, software developer and computer science engineer, Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. Living in Lund, Sweden with my wife and our two girls.

I became interested in nuclear physics in upper secondary school as it was part of the curriculum, and our physics teacher arranged a visit for us at the then-in-operation Barsebäck nuclear power plant. That is an experience I heartily recommend for both nerds like me and everyone else. From then on, I have studied the subject of nuclear power and looked at facts, theory and statistics. I have also looked at the debate about nuclear power, and found it to be full of junk science and false arguments. That's where I want to make a difference: to take the junk out, and put the real science back into the discussion.

Christoffer Wllenfort, founder of the website

Christoffer Willenfort

Age 38, system verification specialist. Living in Rydebäck (Helsinborg), Sweden with my wife and our son.

I have been interested in physics as long as I can remember and have pesterd parents, relatives, friends and teachers with a lot of WHY? questions. I became politicaly active a few years after the swedish referendum on nuclear power.  My interest in physics, politics and my education in the natural sciences made it natural for me to get involved in the nuclear issue.

Johan Simu

Age 24, Master of Science in Physics. Living in Delft, the Netherlands where I'm conducting my PhD studies in reactor physics at the reactor institute of Delft university of technology.

Ever since I got a astronomy book as a christmas present when I was 9 years old physics has been a great passion of mine. I have always been curious about how the universe around us works and physics is the science that holds the answers to the most fundamental questions. During the last year of my bachelor studies my focus started slipping away from theoretical physics towards something more applicable. At the same time I started to pay attention to sustainable energy production and that naturally guided me towards nuclear energy. I decided to get my feet wet by doing my masters studies in nuclear engineering and got hooked. Currently I'm investigating thorium fuel cycles in pebble bed reactors as my PhD project.

Mattias Lantz

Age 37, postdoctoral researcher in experimental nuclear physics, presently at RIKEN Nishina Center. Living in Wako-shi outside of Tokyo, Japan, with my wife and daughter.

Environmental and energy issues have always been of interest to me. I spent a long time being afraid of anything involving the words "radiation" and "nuclear". Then I discovered (slowly) during my physics studies that most of my fears came from alarmist reports without any firm background, and bad (but entertaining) science fiction. Now I see myself as a skeptical friend of nuclear power: I may not like all aspects of it, but people's opinions about nuclear power and related issues should be based on facts, not on false images.

Nils Rudqvist

Age 27, Master of Science in Physics. Living in Gothenburg, Sweden, where I am employed at the department of radiophysics at Gothenburg university.

I´ve always had a huge interest for science and in my young years, mainly astronomy. Even today I can go out a pitch dark night, stare up at the stars that accompany us and stand there completely fascinated. However, astronomy was not the path for me, instead I choose to become a medical radiophysist. Naturally, regarding nuclear power, there is a lot of arguments that involve the matter of radiation. The peculiar thing about radiation is that more or less every human being have a opinion about how dangerous radiation is, how you get cancer just by looking at something radioactive. This is where I like to enter. I want to be able to present real facts about radiation in order to prevent the mass hysteria one sometimes experiences when radiation is the subject of a discussion.

Johan Kihlberg

Age 22, Master of Science student in Physics. Living in Linköping Sweden, where I am currently studying a 5 year masters program at Linköping University.

I have always had a big interest in science, and when the debate about sustainable energy production became a hot topic in Sweden, I rather quickly realized the important role of nuclear power. As well as its enormous future potential, which sadly is currently being totally ignored by most people.

After understanding that the debate about nuclear power in Sweden, as well as the rest of the world, is driven mostly by unjustified fears and not the actual science behind it, I couldn't just sit back and watch while lies and myths were ruling such an important subject as our future energy needs.


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