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Bad News

It's tough to understand all the news coming from Fukushima, but recent reports suggest that attempts to save the plant have been abandoned, at least temporarily. The odds of a major meltdown seem to be quite high...let's all hope this does not come to pass.

by Christopher Heiser on March 15 23:35

Nuclear Reactors Explained

Steve sends us a link to a BoingBoing post that gives a nice high-level explanation of how nuclear fusion plants work.

by Christopher Heiser on March 15 19:11

Definition of a Hero

At least 750 workers evacuated on Tuesday morning after a separate explosion ruptured the inner containment building at reactor No. 2 at the Daiichi plant, which was crippled by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. The explosion released a surge of radiation 800 times more intense than the recommended hourly exposure limit in Japan.

But 50 workers stayed behind, a crew no larger than would be stationed at the plant on a quiet spring day. Taking shelter when possible in the reactor’s control room, which is heavily shielded from radiation, they struggled through the morning and afternoon to keep hundreds of gallons of seawater a minute flowing through temporary fire pumps into the three stricken reactors, where overheated fuel rods continued to boil away the water at a brisk pace.

It's almost certain that these 50 souls will suffer and perhaps die due to the radiation exposure they are enduring while they fight to avert this crisis. What incredible bravery.

by Christopher Heiser on March 15 14:13

Red Light Cameras

Hopefully this is a trend: California cities are increasingly cancelling their red light camera programs after a string of legal decisions forced them into unprofitability.

by Christopher Heiser on March 15 01:42
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