Once again, it appears we need a “conspiracist” — in this case, the indefatigable Alan Watt — to remind us that the National Academy of Sciences long ago stated the obvious: That there is no safe level for radiation exposure.
Listen to the archive of Alan’s April 8 radio program (you’ll find it via the link, below), and re-remember your basic biophysics.
Alan always writes a wee poem to accompany his archive posts. Here’s a portion:
Power-Elite and Scientific Combination, Guaranteeing Life’s Ruination:
There’s Radiation Swirling Around Each Head
It Will Add Many to the Great Book of the Dead
Over Many Years Propagandists Will Shout, Blustering, Denying the Effects of Fallout
A Utah spokesman told me last week that the school will not make the nuke data for the iPhone app — which can be used to visualize core meltdowns and the like — generally available.
I presume that is because the data might appeal to terrorists. But the spokesman was reluctant to detail Utah’s reasons for keeping its data secret.
Alas, I do not imagine the school will have much luck keeping this stuff on campus, once it is on an iPhone.
“The University of Utah’s nuclear engineering program hopes to enrich its students’ learning with an iPhone app that renders in three dimensions the collision of neutrons and uranium inside a nuclear reactor core. Utah last fall released a free 3D iPhone app, ImageVis3D Mobile as part of a biomedical visualization project.Utah does not plan to make the software behind its nuke visualizations, which were also generated for the ImageVis3D Mobile app, publicly available anytime soon.”
A suitcase bomb (other choices are available), flattens Boston in this fairly macabre Google Maps doodad.
Not that it’s particularly likely, but as long as nuclear bombs exist, there’s the chance – however slim – that one might go off somewhere near you. This little Google Maps overlay might be a bit morbid, but it’s also pretty fascinating. It shows you the heat, pressure and fallout spread of a range of different nuclear bombs detonating anywhere in the world. It’s particularly sobering to get a sense of the scale of the devastation caused by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs in World War 2 – and then see how tiny those bombs are compared to the USSR’s enormous Tsar Bomba, the biggest nuke ever detonated.
Improper disposal of industrial equipment and medical scanners containing radioactive materials is letting nuclear waste trickle into scrap smelters, contaminating consumer goods, threatening the $140 billion trade in recycled metal and spurring the United Nations to call for increased screening.