ASTRO BOB Listen closely and you'll hear Earth sing
Earth's singin' in a rain of electrons, and the twin theRadiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) are beaming back our planet's eerie voice with astounding clarity. The vocals are created by waves of energ... Posted on 10/2/12 at 11:28 AM
OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Angel of Death: The Demon Core
Oppenheimer built the bomb
But now he's dead (dead)
Einstein was very very smart
But not enough not to be dead (dead)
So don't go into science
You'll end up dead.
- "Don't Go Into Politics," by the Ar... Posted on 11/28/11 at 5:00 AM
HEALTHBEAT The convenience factor
There's a debate brewing in the Twin Cities metro area about how many radiation therapy facilities are enough.
For those who may have missed it, a story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press last week outl... Posted on 6/6/11 at 12:37 PM
STORM TRACKER Snow Depressions
On a recent excursion to a park to more accurately measure our local snow depth, I noticed depressions in the snow cover around every tree. This is a very typical occurrence each winter. As we know,... Posted on 1/20/10 at 3:31 AM
Unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water at Southern California's San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant, raising questions about the integrity of equipment the company installed in a multimillion-dollar makeover in 2009.
A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down a reactor as a precaution, but plant workers and the public were not endangered, officials said Wednesday.
A tiny amount of radiation "could have" escaped into the atmosphere from a Southern California nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down the reactor as a precaution, officials said today.
After the shut down Monday morning at Exelon Nuclear's Byron Generating Station, operators began releasing steam to cool the reactor from the part of the plant where turbines are producing electricity, not from within the nuclear reactor itself, officials said. The steam contains low levels of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, but federal and plant officials insisted the levels were safe for workers and the public.
Goshi Hosono, the country's nuclear crisis minister, said today that Japan has yet to come up with a comprehensive plan for how to dispose of the irradiated waste that has been accumulating since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people. Cleaning up the area and compensating residents is expected to cost trillions of yen -- tens of billions of U.S. dollars.
Advocates for U.S. atomic workers sickened by radiation exposure say they're stunned that a federal claims training manual uses fictional characters' names, including an apparent reference to the disfigured villain of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" horror movies.
One in four U.S. reactors may need safety modifications The risk that an earthquake would cause a severe accident at a U.S. nuclear plant is greater than previously thought, 24 times as high in one case, according to an AP analysis of preliminary government data.
Dina Cappiello and Jeff Donn
, September 02, 2011
The government sent a plane equipped with radiation monitors over the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory Wednesday as a 110-square-mile wildfire burned at its doorstep, putting thousands of scientific experiments on hold for days.
P. Solomon Banda and Susan Montoya Bryan
, June 29, 2011
Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference that Japan needs to "start from scratch" on its long-term energy policy after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant was heavily damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and has been leaking radiation ever since.
Don Luckey, 91, believes we actually live in a deficiency of radiation. And, he says in the gruff, bulleted tones of someone accustomed to being doubted, “if we get more radiation, we’d live a more healthful life.” He is the modern father of this provocative theory, which has riled and intrigued scientists for decades.
Spurred by radiation fears, Kayla Lee’s mom flew the 8-year-old girl and her brother Aidan, 6, late last month to East Grand Forks, their father's hometown. Muzuzu Lee left the kids with their aunt, Michelle Lee, and returned to work in Japan with Clifford Lee.
Readings today from robots that entered two crippled buildings at Japan's tsunami-flooded nuclear plant for the first time in more than a month displayed a harsh environment still too radioactive for workers to enter.
About 2,000 veterans of the Chernobyl cleanup operation rallied Sunday in Ukraine's capital to protest cuts in the benefits and pensions they receive to compensate them for their exposure to radiation.
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