As you might imagine, the Japanese public is quite troubled about the current situation between North Korea and the United States. There was similar concern during the last stand off between North Korea and the US which was just last Fall, but the Japanese government did not consider that situation serious enough to issue Civil […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Is Japan Ready?"
I was at the hardware store this morning picking up some new extension cords for work after I was the second person who almost Darwin Awarded himself using one of our defective ones. I noticed a sign on the door that April 22-24 is an official Emergency Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. I’m not sure why […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Disaster Tax Holiday"
I’ve written before about the strengths and weaknesses of radioactive materials as a terrorist weapon, but what about using radioactive materials as a tool of assassination? Turns out there aren’t very many good options. Any material that would be deadly in a single dose would be difficult to acquire and most would present a serious risk […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Polonium"
Carbon, atomic number 6, has three naturally occurring isotopes with atomic masses of 12, 13, and 14. The relative abundance of these three isotopes in a sample of material can reveal many secrets. We can tell how fusion works in stars from carbon isotopes. Carbon can reveal the source and age of organic molecules. Carbon can tell […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: The Three Carbons"
The mid 1950’s to early sixties were the glory days of American nuclear experimentation. Almost any application of nuclear weapons that could be thought of would be investigated. And not just with a mere concept review. No, the nuclear labs and their affiliates in universities and industry received the funds and personnel to realize their creative […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Poetry SLAM"
Hydraulic fracturing of rock strata to ease the extraction of natural gas is controversial. It should be. Well operators have used loopholes in EPA regulations to prevent the public from knowing exactly what is in that pressurized fluid they pump underground. Energy companies have bribed state legislatures into passing laws that prevent the public from […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Fracking With The Bomb"
An interesting question came up at work this week: What producer had the most number one hits. Because we all grew up before the Internet was really a thing, we did what old folks tend to do. We made conjectures and argued for and against each other’s positions. Younger people would have immediately turned to […]Read more "Quincy Jones and the Swedish Menace"