By Tiernan Ray Apple ( AAPL ) shares ended Monday’s wild session down $2.61, or 2.5%, at $103.15, after briefly going into the green following a plunge of 13% for the day. The Nasdaq Composite Index ended the day down 179.79 points at 4,526.25, a 3.8% decline, about the same as the Dow and slightly less bad than the S&P 500′s 3.9% drop. Even stocks that followed Apple’s lead and turned in brief gains saw their shares sell off again going into the close: Alibaba Group Holdings ( BABA ) lost $2.38, or 3.5%, to close at $65.80; Google ( GOOGL ) ended down $25.92, or 4%, at $618.11; Facebook ( FB ) closed down $3.97, or 4.6%, at $82.09; Intel ( INTC ) was down 27 cents, or 1%, at $26.29; Microsoft ( MSFT ) sold off $1.36, or 3.2%, to close at $41.71; IBM ( IBM ) closed down $5.38, or 3.6%, at $143.47; Netflix ( NFLX ) fell $7.08, or 7%, to close at $96.88.
Enlarge / Mockup of the NuScale energy plant slated for development outside of Idaho Falls, ID. (credit: NuScale Power ) The benefits of nuclear energy—dispatchable power with zero emissions (excluding emissions from uranium mining)—are desperately needed in a world facing climate change. The disadvantages of nuclear energy are also great. The old light-water reactors that serve America's grid today create nuclear waste that's politically impossible to dispose of. Nuclear plants with traditional reactors are also extremely expensive to build and difficult to permit. For these reasons, many nuclear hopefuls have looked to advanced nuclear technology. Several startups have popped up, promising to make either the waste problem or the expense problem go away. This week, two advanced nuclear-technology startups have announced major news, both good and bad for the future of advanced nuclear technology. Read 10 remaining paragraphs | Comments