Well, my promised post on the history of Soviet cruise missile development is not quite ready yet, at least unless you want another 3000+ word hastily written info dump like last week. Missile history can wait a week. Instead The Board will just have a few comments on the news and a cool movie for […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: D.O.E. Movie Night"
If you asked a bunch of people to write down an equation associated with nuclear physics, those who could write anything at all would most likely write down E=mc2 Einstein’s most famous equation. You’d get different results if you asked at a university physics department, and I’d probably write down a beta decay reaction But […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Lise Meitner and The Meme Equation"
You probably don’t remember when you learned that the atom has a nucleus. You saw so many depictions of the atom with its compact nucleus that it seems like nothing special. It’s kid stuff, Right? They teach about it in elementary school. How hard could it be? But the discovery of the nucleus was unexpected, […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: The Nucleus is New"
An ally is not a friend. An ally doesn’t even have to like you very much. An ally doesn’t have to support all your goals. They may even dislike some of your goals. An ally can be someone you harmed at some point, or someone who harmed you. An ally can be someone who gave […]Read more "A Reminder About Allies"
When most people think of nuclear testing they probably think of the very first nuclear test, Trinity at Alamogordo, New Mexico. Scientists make a bomb, and then see if it works. New designs require new tests to see whether and how well they work. While design analysis has been an important part of weapons testing, there […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: Get Your Whites their Whitest"
I suppose this isn’t so much of a thing anymore, but “Fuckin’ Magnets: how to they work?” This line from Insane Clown Posse’s late 2009 song “Miracles” somehow from among all the other ridiculous lines in the song became a meme in the atheist activist community back in 2010. I came across an instance of the “magnets” meme just […]Read more "Magnetic Memes"
It’s office Christmas party season, so it’s time for the dreaded Secret Santa gift exchange. I don’t mean to be a Scrooge, it’s just hard to buy anyone a good gift and everyone is likely to receive a less than satisfactory gift. The problems go much deeper than this. The traditional names in a hat […]Read more "Keeping Santa Secret"