Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown is Poisoning California Kelp
Natural Awakenings Magazine | September 2014
Scientists analyzing kelp off the coast of San Diego have linked the presence of the radioactive isotope cesium to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, in Japan, which melted down in 2011. As part of the ongoing Kelp Watch 2014 project, government and academic institutions have begun receiving results from samples of bull kelp and giant kelp collected along the California coast.
“We’re trying to figure out how much is there and how much is getting into the ecosystem,” says Matthew Edwards, Ph.D., of San Diego State University. “Things are linked a little more closely than sometimes we’d like to think. Just because it’s on the other side of the world doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect us.” With experts predicting a 40-year-plus cleanup at Fukushima, the likelihood of increased cesium in the Pacific Ocean seems inevitable.
For more information, visit KelpWatch.Berkeley.edu.
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Not my usual firearm post but something weapon related. Dead Hand is a nuclear control system used by the Russians as a deterrence. The system detects a combination of radioactive, seismologic, pressure and light variations to determine if a nuclear strike on Russian soil has occurred. This means that even if all of Russia’s chain of command were killed in a nuclear strike, Dead Hand would respond by launching most if not all of the Russians nuclear ICBM’s at preprogrammed targets.
Dead Hand is supposedly only activated during a potential crisis, possibly to avoid accidental launches if a Russian nuke were to explode by accident. Dead Hand is said to still be in use and receiving modern system upgrades. However, the exact nature of Dead Hand is not known. There is debate whether it is a fully autonomous system or if it does require at least 1 surviving person to issue the final launch command once all parameters have been met.
Fact# 9369: Nuclear explosions have taken place in five U.S. States: New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, and Mississippi.
Moly 99 Reactor May Create Disease-tracking Isotope
An Albuquerque startup company has licensed a Sandia National Laboratories technology that offers a way to make molybdenum-99, a key radioactive isotope needed for diagnostic imaging in nuclear medicine in the U.S. Known as moly 99, it is made in aging nuclear reactors outside the country, and concerns about future shortages have been in the news for years.
Eden Radioisotopes LLC was founded last year and licensed the Sandia moly 99 reactor conceptual design in November. It hopes to build the first U.S. reactor for making the isotope and become a global supplier.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/06/moly-99-reactor-may-create-disease-tracking-isotope
I work at a nuclear physics laboratory and this was on a door
Bare footprints in an abandoned nuclear reactor.
The stride of the footprints just adds onto the already creepy factor
"STOP REAGAN’S GRIM REAPER" — Anti-nuke protest, Los Angeles, February 23, 1987, photo by Mike Sergieff. Original caption reads, “Holding banners, carrying placards, and beating drums, members of Earth First! stage an anti-nuclear protest near the Westwood Federal Building on behalf of astrophysicist Charles Hyder, who has been fasting for 153 days in Washington. Motorists gawked as the local demonstrators undertook their 24-hour vigil and fast.” (Los Angeles Public Library)
GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! You know all that nuclear waste we have laying around just waiting to be eaten by a kick ass atomic monster? Well two MIT engineers (Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie) may have figured out a way to save us from those pesky atomic doom monsters! And by that I mean they revealed plans for a safe nuclear reactor that runs on nuclear waste. Now before I go further in discussing this, I must admit that I don’t know much about nuclear power, so if I make mistakes please let me know! The two engineers have designed a variant of the old molten salt reactor that was developed in the 50’s at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US. This design used liquid fuel dissolved in a molten salt for fuel rather than water and solid fuel rods. They claim that their reactors would be able to run with uranium fuel levels of only 1.8% enrichment while the older molten salt reactors needed around 33% enrichment. This would allow them to use nuclear waste from other reactors, and, due to the thickness of the molten salts, to consume up to 96% of fissionable materials. They have also designed the reactor to be “walk away safe.” This means that if the controls are abandoned the reaction will gradually come to a stop rather than undergoing a violent melt down. The pair, along with millionaire Russ Wilcox are raising money on kickstarter to test critical components of their process.
Now I really don’t have the background to pick this apart much, but it seems like a really cool idea! I have always enjoyed the idea of nuclear power, and would love to see this pair succeed! They have put out a more comprehensive report on their plan, and it can be found here:
If you want a brief overview on what molten salt reactors are:
By Gareth Porter The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should now close its investigation of the issue of Iran’s development of high explosives detonators the IAEA has said may have been part of a covert nuclear weapons program. IAEA Director General Yukiya weiterlesen