As requested, IAmA nuclear scientist, AMA.
-PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan.
-I work at a US national laboratory and my research involves understanding how uncertainty in nuclear data affects nuclear reactor design calculations.
-I have worked at a nuclear weapons laboratory before (I worked on unclassified stuff and do not have a security clearance).
-My work focuses on nuclear reactors. I know a couple of people who work on CERN, but am not involved with it myself.
-Newton or Einstein? I prefer, Euler, Gauss, and Feynman.
Ask me anything!
EDIT - Wow, I wasn't expecting such an awesome response! Thanks everyone, I'm excited to see that people have so many questions about nuclear. Everything is getting fuzzy in my brain, so I'm going to call it a night. I'll log on tomorrow night and answer some more questions if I can.
Update 9/24 8PM EST - Gonna answer more questions for a few hours. Ask away!
Update 9/25 1AM EST - Thanks for participating everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading my responses as much as I enjoyed writing them. I might answer a few more questions later this week if I can find the time.