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US Orders News Blackout Over Crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant
Nebraska Nuclear Power Plant
Disclaimer: Sorcha Faal, the nom de plume of David Booth, always writes intriguing conspiracy news stories that are full of speculation and usually have no viable sources. Yet this article is filled with sources for his information. Except, as yet , no source for the information coming from Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency has been located; so this information can not be verified through another news source.
If what he writes is true, the Obama regime is complicit in not revealing information of concern to the American public and it shows a blatant disregard for human life. Our lives.
We still have a reason to be concerned about the flooding at the Nebraska Nuclear Plants and if the public is getting up-to-date information from the government or the media.
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US Orders News Blackout Over Crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
June 16, 2011
A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska.
According to this report, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant suffered a “catastrophic loss of cooling” to one of its idle spent fuel rod pools on 7 June after this plant was deluged with water caused by the historic flooding of the Missouri River which resulted in a fire causing the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) to issue a “no-fly ban” over the area.
Located about 20 minutes outside downtown Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant is owned by Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) who on their website denies their plant is at a “Level 4” emergency by stating:
Russian atomic scientists in this FAAE report, however, say that this OPPD statement is an “outright falsehood” as all nuclear plants in the world operate under the guidelines of the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) which clearly states the “events” occurring at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant do, indeed, put it in the “Level 4” emergency category of an “accident with local consequences” thus making this one of the worst nuclear accidents in US history.
Though this report confirms independent readings in the United States of “negligible release of nuclear gasses” related to this accident it warns that by the Obama regimes censoring of this event for “political purposes” it risks a “serious blowback” from the American public should they gain knowledge of this being hidden from them.
Interesting to note about this event was the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chief, Gregory B. Jaczko, blasting the Obama regime just days before the near meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant by declaring that
This report further notes that the “cover-up” of this nuclear disaster by President Obama is being based on his “fantasy” of creating so-called green jobs which he (strangely) includes nuclear power into as his efforts to bankrupt the US coal industry proceed at a record breaking pace.
Unknown to the American people about Obama’s “war” on the US coal industry is it’s estimated to cost them over a 60% increase in their electricity bills by 2014 and cause over 250,000 jobs to be lost in an already beleaguered economy.
More ominous for those American people whose lives depend on the coal industry that is being deliberately destroyed is the Obama regime’s massive “security exercise” currently ongoing in the major coal mining States of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia, and as we can read about, in part, as reported by InfoWars.Com:
“If you’re still living under the delusion that the TSA is just restricted to airports then think again. A joint VIPR “security exercise” involving military personnel has Transportation Security Administration workers covering 5,000 miles and three states, illustrating once again how the TSA is turning into a literal occupying army for domestic repression in America.”
The TSA, in alliance with a whole host of federal, state, local agencies as well as military personnel, is currently conducting a massive “security exercise” throughout Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
“The participating teams are composed of a variety of TSA assets including federal air marshals, canine teams, inspectors and bomb appraisal officers. They will be joined by state and local law enforcement officials to supplement existing resources, provide detection and response capabilities. The exercise will utilize multiple airborne assets, including Blackhawk helicopters and fixed wing aircraft as well as waterborne and surface teams,” reports the Marietta Times.
Although the exercise is couched in serious rhetoric about preparedness, it relates to “no specific threat” and the details are nebulous to say the least and seems to revolve around little else than testing out high-tech surveillance equipment and reminding Americans who their bosses are.”
Obama’s fears of the American people turning against nuclear power, should its true dangers be known, appear to be valid as both Germany and Italy (whose people, unlike the Americans, have been told the truth) have turned against it after the disaster in Japan and vowed to close all of their atomic plants.
Perhaps even more sadly for the American people is this report stating that the Obama regime is “walking in lockstep” with Japan in their attempts to keep the truth of nuclear accidents from their citizens; which in the case of the Japanese can only be labeled as horrific as new evidence points to them knowing within hours of the Great Tsunami that their atomic reactors had melted down, but have only today ordered an evacuation of pregnant women from what are called “radiation hotspots.”
With a country that some scientists are now warning may soon become uninhabitable due to radiation damage, and with reports of mutant rabbits and radioactive whales now being reported, one wonders if in knowing the truth the American people would really want to follow Japan’s “example” instead of those people in Germany and Italy?
But, with an already documented 35% increase in the infant mortality rate for American mothers living in the western coastal regions of the US caused by radiation blowing onto them from Japan being ignored by these people there doesn’t seem to be much hope for them.
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An article written on Sunday, June 19, “Several Levees in N. Missouri Breached” reported that “several levees in northern Missouri have been breached and are failing to hold back the surge of water being released from upstream dams.”
Authorities said water — some of it from recent rain — began pouring over levees Saturday night and Sunday morning in Holt and Atchison counties, flooding farmland and numerous homes.
Meanwhile, the Nebraska Public Power District issued a flooding alert Sunday for its Cooper Nuclear power plant near Brownville, Neb., as the Missouri River continues to rise. The declaration is the least serious of four emergency notifications established by the federal commission. The plant was operating Sunday at full capacity, and there was no threat to plant employees or to the public, said Mark Becker, a spokesman for the Columbus, Neb. based utility.
The Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant near Blair, Neb., surrounded by flood waters. (KMTV)
The Fort Calhoun Station, another nuclear plant along the river in eastern Nebraska, issued a similar alert June 6. That plant near Blair, Neb., has been shut down since April and will not be reactivated until the flooding subsides.
Mark Manchester, who is the deputy director of emergency management for Atchison County, said the river level has reached 44.6 feet, the highest on record and about 4 to 5 inches higher than 1993 flooding levels. He said minor flooding starts at 33 feet and major flooding at 43 feet. He said residents in the area had already evacuated their homes, and officials who operate the levee went up in a helicopter and saw several “pretty good size holes starting to form.”
The officials are predicating another breach, which could displace up to 200 more people.
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David McNeill: Who’s telling the truth on the Fukushima meltdown?, CNN …
MOX * Plutonium * Meltdown
One of the more striking aspects of the local media coverage of Fukushima was the missing word — “meltdown.” It seemed reasonable to speculate, from March 11-15, that this is precisely what happened. One reason was the repeated news of cesium dispersed in the atmosphere on March 12. […]
“There was a blackout in the media of the word,” he says in an interview this month with the Foreign Correspondents’ Club magazine, “No.1 Shimbun.” In April the head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, also said that fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 had melted. Yet, it took over two months for newspapers and TV here to begin using the word. […]
We might also cite the example of MOX fuel and plutonium, a substance so toxic “that a teaspoon-sized cube of it would suffice to kill 10 million people,” in Reactor 3 at Fukushima.
Newspaper and TV reports in Japan essentially banished the words from their reports
Nuclear physicist suspects No. 3 MOX spent fuel rods have spread out and surrounding area is contaminated with plutonium
I received the following email a few days ago from a Russian nuclear physicist friend who is an expert on the kinds of gases being released at Fukushima. Here is what he wrote:
About Japan: the problem is that the reactor uses “dirty” fuel. It is a combination of plutonium and uranium (MOX).
I suspect that the old fuel rods have bean [sic] spread out due to the explosion and the surrounding area is contaminated with plutonium which means you can never return to this place again.
It is like a new Tchernobyl. Personally, I am not surprised that the authority has not informed people about this.
[…] I have also watched as the news has virtually disappeared. There is something extremely disturbing going on and having lived through the media blackout in France back in April and early May 1986, and speaking to doctors who are deeply concerned by the dramatic increase in cancers appearing at very young ages, it is obvious that information is being held back. […]
Deadly Silence on Fukushima, Vivian Norris for the Huffington Post, May 9, 2011:
(NaturalNews) Censorship of the truth about what is really going on at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility has been taken to a whole new level of corruption. According to a recent report from the Shingetsu News Agency, the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIAC), in conjunction with the National Police Agency and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), has established a special project team to crack down on independent and freelance news agencies that criticize or otherwise scrutinize the official Japanese government position concerning Fukushima.
The Japanese government appears to be working closely with both the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the nation’s mainstream media outlets to maintain the facade that everything is just fine, and that the nuclear meltdown situation is largely mitigated and under control. But recent prodding and questioning by certain media sources outside this “good ol’ boys” club have struck a nerve with authorities, sparking the new crackdown on those who oppose the official story. Authorities say such scrutiny is a threat to national security.
For the most part, the mainstream Japanese media has been the only type of media invited to most of the press conferences concerning Fukushima. And the reporters who attend these events merely reiterate what TEPCO and others are saying about the situation, without asking any hard questions or investigating the situation. But the few press conferences at which independent and freelance reporters have been permitted to attend have been rife with the tough, hardball questions that nobody else has been asking — and this has caused quite an upset.
“Freelance journalists and foreign media are pursuing the facts, even going into the radiation exclusion zone,” explained Uesugi Takashi, an independent journalist that has been pushing the Japanese government to be more forthcoming with the truth about the situation. “However, surprisingly, the Japan government continues to prevent freelance journalists and overseas media from gaining access to official press conferences at the prime minister’s house and government.”
One of the biggest and most obvious questions that many independent journalists, as well as Japanese citizens, are asking concerns the near-total blackout of information on the current status of Fukushima. Authorities continue to repeat that the situation is under control, but where is the actual evidence to back this claim? And if those in power have nothing to hide, then why have all the meetings between TEPCO officials and the government been private, closed-door meetings that exclude actual journalists?
Meanwhile, empty reassurances that the Fukushima situation is essential “over” have drawn many citizens who previously evacuated the Fukushima exclusion zone back into these dangerous areas. This occurs, of course, as radiation readings around the world continue to rise in response to the Fukushima disaster (http://www.naturalnews.com/032048_radiation_milk.html).
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DAVID McNEILL in Tokyo
SCIENTISTS SAY the fight to bring Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant under control could take three months or more, even if not hampered by further earthquakes. The announcement comes after another day of aftershocks, including one with an epicentre about 25km from the Fukushima plant.
The head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, said yesterday that fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 have melted and settled at the bottom of their containment vessels, confirming fears that the plant suffered a partial meltdown after last month’s huge earthquake and tsunami.
Engineers have been struggling since to bring four reactors under control by pouring water onto overheating nuclear fuel, and that water is highly contaminated as a result. Mr Sawada warned the condition of the plant could worsen if another strong quake knocks out power to its cooling systems.
“That would destabilise pressure and temperatures inside the reactors and the situation would become extremely unpredictable again,” he said.
The nuclear crisis is adding to the political woes of embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who yesterday inaugurated a council of experts charged with leading Japan’s reconstruction from the triple disaster, which has left 28,000 dead or missing and 150,000 people homeless.
Fuel rod fragments at bottom of vessels. No meltdown risk if cooling efforts continue.
German Nuclear Expert Helmut Hirsch Says: “There Is A Gigantic Radioactive Inventory At Fukushima. At Least 20 Times As Much As Chernobyl”
by Gavriel Queenann – March 31, 2011
Japan’s Creeping Meltdown: Optimism Evaporates
The Fukushima reactors have been releasing radiation for weeks, Der Spiegel reports. I saw other projections that said it had released 73% of chernobyl already, numbers all over the place on this.
According to some computer projections, the nuclear plant has released one-tenth of the radiation released during the Chernobyl disaster. Technicians worked for days to restore electricity to the stricken plant, but on Thursday two employees were hospitalized after just forty-five minutes in the No. 3 reactor turbine room. The men, working with cables while wading in water, sustained radiation burns and absorbed 180 millisievert of radiation – nine times the dose of a normal plant employee. This despite wearing helmets, masks, overcoats, and rubber boots and gloves over their radiation suits.
The incident underscores the very real question occupying the minds of health officials and radiological scientists: just how bad is it? No one expected radiation levels in the basement water to reach the levels it did. Yet, the radiation levels in the water in the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 reactors have set new records. The water in No. 2 measures 1,000 millisieverts per hour due to the partial core melt that reactor sustained. Japanese officials have also concluded that the containment vessel for the third reactor was breached. Last week’s talk of hopeful progress and cautious optimism seems to have evaporated. Engineers have begun to accept that they are making no headway.
“We are experiencing an ongoing, massive release of radioactivity,” Wolfram Koenig, head of Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection, told Der Spiegel.
“And everyone should know by now that this isn’t over by a long shot,” nuclear expert Helmut Hirsch, says, “All I hear is that people are wondering whether this will turn into a meltdown. But the thing is, it already is a partial meltdown.”
The only difference is that Fukushima is a creeping disaster. The cooling system is not online, pumps are not working, and as much as forty-five tons of sea-salt has accumulated as a result of the desperate decision to flood the reactors with sea-water in the hopes of avoiding a worst-case scenario. The salts are crystallizing at hot-spots and forming a layer of insulation. There are also 3,450 still-fervid spent fuel rods sitting in half-empty pools and therefore exposed to the air. Compounding the issue, the wind changed on Friday.
Radioactive particles over the Pacific have drifted westward across Japan. High levels of radiation have been detected in produce, water and soil near the Fukushima plant. Japanese authorities have only evacuated a zone within 20 kilometers (12.4 miles ) of the plant, but risks of radiation are growing for people outside the zone. “It is high time Japanese authorities extend the 20- kilometer evacuation zone around the crippled nuclear-power plant at Fukushima,” writes nuclear critic Mycle Schneider, lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Reports, adding that “…pregnant women and small children should immediately be evacuated from a progressively increasing area.”
Embryos, fetuses, and infants are especially vulnerable because radiation targets cells that divide quickly. There are 77,000 people in ad hoc emergency shelters. Another 62,000 live within the 30-kilometer zone. The United States Regulatory Agency (NRC) had advised extending the evacuation zone to 80 kilometers, which would require relocating 2 million. This, in addition to hundreds of thousands of Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. Japanese authorities, to date, have asked people to voluntarily evacuate the area.
The set-upon Japanese are also being bombarded with advice, demands, and speculation from United States, Russia, Finland, and Germany. Even France’s nuclear agency IRSN, not known for its caution, issued disturbing projections last week. According to the French, the Fukushima plant has released 1/10th the radiation of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), however, believes that the French are engaging in Gallic exaggeration. According to the IAEA, its calculations, based on readings at the site, is only a fraction of French estimates.
French projections were based on their knowledge of fissile material stored in the reactors, independent research on the condition of hot fuel rods, and readings taken in the vicinity of Fukushima. There are more than 2,500 tons of uranium and plutonium in Fukushima. And Japanese emergency release valves for radioactive steam generated for active fuel rods do not have filters like plants in Germany and the United States. The Japanese, due to radiation levels, have not released the steam in a week, but that can’t go on forever.
“This is not an exaggeration,” German nuclear expert Helmut Hirsch says. “There is a gigantic radioactive inventory at Fukushima. At least 20 times as much as there was at Chernobyl.”
But while French experts believe the worst radiation leaks may be behind the Japanese, other experts have gloomier theories. US expert Bill Borchart of the NRC blames high radiation levels around Fukushima on the spent fuel rods in the holding pools. These rods, normally kept underwater while shielded by the reactor roof, are now emitting radiation into the open air. Only cooling water prevents the rods from igniting, but the water is constantly being converted to radioactive steam. And it remains unclear whether the pools can be refilled at all as earthquake damage has not been assessed.
After the Three Mile Island meltdown 1979 it took six years before engineers could re-open the core to determine how far the meltdown progressed. The site remains closed today. And, even 25 years after the Chernobyl meltdown, which also resulted in a sealed plant, boar hunters in the affected region still have to discard meat because it is contaminated by radiation. The long-term effects of a radioactive core open to the atmosphere remain a worrisome enigma. In Japan, which endured the aftermath and health-consequences of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that enigma is a nerve-jarring specter.
Borchart summed up Japan’s crisis, “We don’t have the slightest idea of what conditions are like in the reactor buildings.”
German nuclear expert Helmut Hirsch says. “There is a gigantic radioactive inventory at Fukushima. At least 20 times as much as there was at Chernobyl.”
The nuclear catastrophe in Japan is very important news since it is part of a global energy problem which highlights the many bad choices we have today when it comes to living a modern civilization style of life which is very energy-hungry from top to bottom. Just as anything impacting the price of oil ripples very powerfully through money markets, the food chain and social systems, so does catastrophes like the one in the Japanese nuclear power plant ripple through seemingly unrelated sectors.
The first world nations working in tandem created several noxious nuclear-meltdown prone systems. There is the mortgage markets which were mostly unregulated and allowed to rise in temperature until they went nuclear and melted down entire nations leading them into penury.
Then there was the new creation of this paper entity I call the ‘Derivatives Beast’ that had so little connection to anything real, it could balloon in size from just $1 billion to unguessable amounts around $66 or 600 trillion in just 30 years. One of the worst ‘hockey stick’ doubling in size of any entity created by humans.
There is the floating fiat currency system set up by Nixon in 1972 that ditched the restrictive gold standard for settling world trade and this insidious system is creating increasing instability in world trade markets and has detached ‘money’ from anything real leading to a vapidity that is very, very explosive. Right now, to stabilize this toxic pool of paper money, all nations on earth except the US store immense amounts of this meaningless paper in FOREX accounts where it will all very suddenly erupt when the US gets hit with say, a major earthquake/tsunami/nuclear power plant event in southern California (which, incidentally, is inevitable).
We have set many systems into this dangerous, ‘explode very suddenly’ mode. One of the most dangerous such systems remains the UN Security Council member nation’s immense hoard of nuclear missiles with the US having the most on the most hair trigger launch capacity. All we need is some stupid diplomatic slip up or ridiculous assassination (the US and Israel are very big on assassinations) to have a full blown nuclear war come crashing down on all the cities and nuclear power plants in first world countries.
This blog is called ‘Culture of Life News’ because I believe in warning people about incoming events before they happen. This means watching things develop and then predicting future events from present news and a close analysis of past events. The US can’t shrug off Japan’s nuke catastrophe because the US Nuke Plants Store More Spent Fuel Than Japan! Is there nuclear waste in your state? – CBS Evening News
The storage tanks were never meant to be a permanent solution. The nation’s oldest operating reactor, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, has stored some spent fuel for 41 years – 20 years longer than expected….An estimated 66,000 metric tons of spent fuel rods are stored at 77 sites around the country – that’s more than 145 million pounds. Imagine an entire football field full of spent fuel rods, seven yards high.
As we see on this map, in general, the greater concentration of population, the greater the nuclear waste being hazardously stored. This waste was supposed to go to Yucca Mountain in Nevada but the voters there were against it. We could ship it to Alaska. But you can bet even Republicans there would be against this. Ditto, Montana or the other GOP states.
The Democrats who support nuclear power in lieu of coal power have to be more honest with their own voters and talk about how Japan’s disasters can and probably eventually will happen in the dark brown states in the above map. The potential for this ‘clean’ (sic) power to go very, very dirty very, very fast should be a grave concern for NY, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina and Illinois.
The first WWII reactor research was in Chicago and upstate NY. The concentration of medical equipment with radiation parts is concentrated in these areas too since it has been manufactured there for a long time. The point here is, there is nothing ‘clean’ about radiation. Yes, there is natural radiation in the environment. I even mention the natural radiation in those fashionable but perhaps rather not so nice an ornament granite kitchen counters in so many modern homes.
But this is like saying, it is OK to pollute the air with coal burning just because there is other sources of smoke in the environment. Denying one while decrying the other is dishonest and no industry is more dishonest than any industry even faintly connected with anything nuclear or emitting radiation. People wore radiation-emitting glow in the dark dial watches for years and workers died who painted these watches due to radiation poisoning.
The problem with handling radiation is its invisibility. You really can’t tell you are being killed until it is years too late! You can run from it easily, hide from it unless you wear lead suits and you can’t smell it, either. More U.S. states find traces of radiation from Japan.
Now take a good look at what a week of slow destruction with lots of radiation looks like: Japan nuclear crisis: Fukushima Fifty pictures from inside nuclear power plant | Mail Online
I remember early on. Experts warned us that the #3 reactor was the most dangerous. The black smoking ruin here is what little is left of this reactor. This is the MOV one which was being refitted with plutonium. Wow. Isn’t this hideous? It looks like…Chernobyl! And it is. Totally Chernobyl. Each day, each reactor looks more and more ruined, more and more desolate. They look like a fast forward film of slow organic destruction over centuries only this is over days. With water being pumped in as fast as possible, they continue to devolve and collapse, the plutonium one, rather thoroughly and fastest of all.
Just three days ago, it had this stream of steam coming out of just one small hole. Now, it is twisted wreckage. This was no ‘explosion’ but rather, the natural evolution of plutonium as it has a meltdown. Do we know when this process will end?
Nope. We can’t know. We do know from Chernobyl that it might not end. It might go on and on and has to be put in a crypt which deteriorates rather rapidly due to the internal mess. When that crypt was made at great worker expense, they though they put the nuclear genie back into its cement bottle. But this didn’t last long and every 5-10 years there has to be a discussion about how to keep this bottle from erupting into more plutonic nuclear mayhem.
Not exploding but simply pouring out that invisible force that acts so energetically on our genes. Here is a story I can’t vouch for but it does show the uncertainty factor of trying to quantify what is going on when we have a full blown nuclear fire/meltdown/catastrophe: Fukushima Now 72,000 Times Hiroshima Radiation
Dr. Chris Busby verified today in an email that three spent fuel pools are totally blasted away and burned up. That puts the approximate radiation levels at 24,000 HIROSHIMAS x 3 = 72,000 times the radiation of Hiroshima now in the atmosphere..
The destruction from the first A-bombs was swift and very violent but there was far less nuclear material used in these blasts than are stored in nuclear power plants today. The resulting firestorms created by the nukes dropped on Japanese civilians was extremely destructive. Interestingly, the #3 Fukushima plant looks like it was hit by a nuclear bomb circa 1945. A big box harboring a large cement structure inside is now a twisted pile of girders and debris that is far more destroyed than by a mere fire.
This news from Japan is most interesting to those of us who don’t worship nuclear power as the savior of humanity and all living things: Neutron beam observed 13 times at crippled Fukushima nuke plant › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
TEPCO, the operator of the nuclear plant, said the neutron beam (ELAINE: or ‘flux’ in this case) measured about 1.5 kilometers southwest of the plant’s No. 1 and 2 reactors over three days from March 13 and is equivalent to 0.01 to 0.02 microsieverts per hour and that this is not a dangerous level.
The utility firm said it will measure uranium and plutonium, which could emit a neutron beam, as well.
In the 1999 criticality accident at a nuclear fuel processing plant run by JCO Co in Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture, uranium broke apart continually in nuclear fission, causing a massive amount of neutron beams.
In the latest case at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, such a criticality accident has yet to happen.
But the measured neutron beam may be evidence that uranium and plutonium leaked from the plant’s nuclear reactors and spent nuclear fuels have discharged a small amount of neutron beams through nuclear fission.
This really sets my teeth on edge. I can’t imagine any sane person reviewing this information making a claim that nuclear power is safe as well as beneficial. We are talking about processes that happen in stars that are being crushed or violently blowing up. This does have medical use in modern hospitals. That is, a carefully calibrated stream of this energy can kill cancer cells.
Of course, the obverse it true: an uncontrolled stream of this energy kills cells and thus, living organisms and causes cancers. Neutron beam dosimetry at the NRL cyclotron
A 35 MeV deuteron beam impinging upon a thick Be target is being employed to generate a neutron beam for radiobiological experiments of relevance to later possible fast neutron therapy trials. The primary calibration of the beam has been based upon tissue-equivalent plastic ionization chambers, calibrated in turn with 60Co gamma -rays. CaF2:Mn and 7LiF (TLD-700) thermoluminescent dosemeters have been employed to determine the gamma -ray dose component in the neutron beam, by a method depending upon the ratio of fast neutron sensitivities of the two phosphors.
When the core of a massive star undergoes gravitational collapse at the end of its life, protons and electrons are literally scrunched together, leaving behind one of nature’s most wondrous creations: a neutron star. Neutron stars cram roughly 1.3 to 2.5 solar masses into a city-sized sphere perhaps 20 kilometers (12 miles) across. Matter is packed so tightly that a sugar-cube-sized amount of material would weigh more than 1 billion tons, about the same as Mount Everest!
“With neutron stars, we’re seeing a combination of strong gravity, powerful magnetic and electric fields, and high velocities. They are laboratories for extreme physics and conditions that we cannot reproduce here on Earth,” says Large Area Telescope (LAT) science team member David Thompson of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
Neutron stars are interesting in outer space. They are distressing here on earth. The extreme physics interest people so scientists work to try to reproduce some of this if not all of this here on our home planet. This is why we have to think about limits to what we can do. Sometimes, things get out of control. When dealing with the elements at the high end of the atomic count of the elements, we have to be extremely careful. And all we are are naked monkeys with only slightly more control over our impulses to wreck things or knock things down.
I take that back on behalf of the simians who are not homo sapiens: we are MORE prone to wreck things or knock things down. All the more reason to not go full nuclear power.
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