Over Easy: Monday Science

By: Monday November 24, 2014 4:16 pm

Well, the holiday season begins. First, we have the holiday of Gluttony, then we have the holiday of Greed, then we have the holiday of Drunkenness. What a wonderful country!


Monday Science, Fukushima Update

By: Monday November 17, 2014 4:00 pm

Fukushima Update:

Arne Gundersen reports that Doctors in Japan are being threatened to keep radiation related illnesses quiet. Arne is a very reliable source, but he provides no evidence other than his statements. Still, I heave read this from other sources, though I don’t recall any Dr’s being cited by name as being repressed.

Pull Up a Chair: Art in Science, Science in Art

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 4:00 am

It’s always enriching to see things in a new way, don’t you think?

Ready in just a few hundred million years

By: Friday November 7, 2014 1:30 am

Just in time for John McCain’s second billionth appearance on “Meet the Press.”

Ryan White, Kaci Hickox, and the Lessons We Still Haven’t Learned

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 9:15 am

As I have watched the unfolding story of Kaci Hickox in New England, I can’t help but feel as if I’ve seen this movie before. Does the name Ryan White ring a bell? How about Korematsu v. United States?

Yes, I’m old. But it’s the job of the old to remember these things, so that we don’t repeat them yet again.

Now get off my lawn.

Video: Republican Climate Deniers in 2014 Election

By: Tuesday October 28, 2014 7:14 pm

This video is a mixture of painfully-awkward, hilarious, and infuriating at the reality of the political system in which we are supposedly represented. Courtesy of Lee Fang, for Republic Report and Huffington Post.

And there’s more out there, if you can bear it. I promise that the end of this blog will not be as pessimistic as what follows.

Fukushima Update

By: Monday October 13, 2014 3:22 pm

Well, a lot has been happening at Ol’ Fuku (gotta love that abbreviation).

Reactor #1 is still generally unapproachable for any length of time. The plan is to begin debris removal in late 2015. The location and status of the corium is unknown for sure, but the last set of radiation readings indicate to me that most of the corium is in the torus.

Reactor #2 is unapproachable currently.

Monday Science: Fukushima Update

By: Monday August 11, 2014 4:12 pm

Fukushima Update:

Well, Attaturk stole some of my thunder, so I’ll refer you there. I should note that 2021 date is fiction: They are unlikely to even be able to enter that part of #3 by then. And even if they do, I don’t know what they’ll find. That different explosion scattered fuel rod chunks everywhere and a lot of that is probably still in the building.

Monday Science

By: Monday May 19, 2014 6:30 pm

NASA has built a flying saucer! Actually, it’s a landing saucer and intended to test soft landing techniques for future missions.

An experiment to create matter from light. Theoretically possible, but nobody until now has come up with a way to test the theory.

Silly putty (remember that stuff?) makes better LiON batteries!

Monday Science

By: Monday May 12, 2014 12:30 pm

Fukushima Update:

Tepco underestimated Cs-137 released by 150%. What a shock. Odds are that underestimation is consistent through all their estimates. Same study estimate the North American exposure at 400TBq.

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