Posts Tagged ‘radiation’

South of the Border

In Mexico, they report six people (possibly terrorists?) are nearing release after being picked up in relation to the Cobalt-60 theft. Maybe part of the Al-Queso terrorist branch?

Six people picked up, supposedly the stuff is accounted for, even though it was removed from its container.

However, Hidalgo state Health Minister Pedro Luis Noble said that while the six suffered from skin irritation and dizziness, none was in grave condition and they could be released soon. Only one was vomiting, a sign of radiation poisoning.

Uh… No. Just no. If they opened that thing, they are dead. If they are not dying, someone else opened it.

Fishy as hell. If they knew how to safely open it, then there would be no reason to dump it nearby, unless they took just some of it, because the effort and knowledge to do so implies you know what you want to do with it.

I read the IAEA report on the Thailand version of this sort of craziness/stupidity. Link here if you have the stomach for the kind of damage this stuff does. I was looking it over and CW saw what I was doing as she brought me some dinner and said “Here, enjoy your lentil soup.” Mmmm-mmm!

It kills stuff. Hands, legs, germs, anything with any chance of living… dead. The Everclear and Methanol Blend of the nuclear world, mostly. Imagine frostbite or serious burns combined with HF exposure, and that still isn’t right.

So anyhow, the Mexico thing doesn’t add up. People are either dying or stuff is missing. Anything other than that points to things Not Good.

I then remembered an XKCD.com graphic on radiation. A science friend of mine said “Yep, that seems about right.”



Ok, enough serious stuff.

Meet Parkour Pooch. Not news but I saw it on tv last night. Cool dog.



This link is with Mitchell, the artiste, in mind.

I heard an interview with Teller of Penn and Teller, where he spoke (yes, he has a voice) of a documentary they did on making a Vermeer. It was awesome and I have some respect for P&T in spite of some personal flaws. pobody’s Nerfect.

Not sure I get what their problem is – I know I get excited about people depending on me to put in money to pay for services I probably won’t need anytime soon.

Mike Hostetler, founder and CEO of AppendTo, a company that has built websites for Time Magazine, Pitney Bowes, Lenovo.com and Celebrity Cruises, says the three most important things in getting young people to revisit a site are responsive web design across desktops, tablets and mobile, clean and clear user experiences and a quick load time. A criteria list that healthcare.gov fails to meet.

Yeah, and because it doesn’t use a Wii or Xbox controller, too. It is really pretty insulting to assume that the reasons for not being on-board cannot be related to not agreeing with the stupid program. Why is it everyone assumes that non-agreement with this implies ignorance rather than informed choice?

“Millennials” cannot be blamed for not wanting to be milked like cash cows. How long until they (and the rest of us paying) are threatened with even harsher consequences for noncompliance?I

It is just un-policed mugging, is all.

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Totally Rad


Things be looking good…

Spacecraft Data Confirm MESSENGER Orbit and Operation

Data from its first three days in orbit about Mercury have confirmed the initial assessment of the spacecraft team that MESSENGER is in its intended orbit and operating nominally.

“The team is relieved that things have gone so well, but they remain busy as they continue to configure the spacecraft for orbital operations and monitor its health and safety in the new environment,” says MESSENGER Project Manager Peter Bedini, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.

Today the navigation team delivered an orbit determination that will span MESSENGER’s first four weeks in orbit. Starting on March 23, 2011, the team will begin commissioning the science instruments. That day the Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer, Magnetometer, Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer, Mercury Laser Altimeter, Neutron Spectrometer, and X-Ray Spectrometer will be turned on.

Interesting ground track – it’s a high-inclination highly elliptical orbit that seems to have it’s major axis sort of parallel to the equatorial plane so I guess it looks right.  I guess I expected more dwell at one pole over the other but that would seem to be counter to the stated goal, wouldn’t it?.

XKCD has a great diagram to compare relative radiation doses.

Everything I’ve heard from folks says that the Sievert isn’t really a good measure for acute doses but you gotta start comparing apples to orangutans at some point, right?   It’s a guideline or rather, an illustrative guide.

It’s also been fuzzed to prove to the venerable XKCD God (Randall) that I don’t want to blatantly steal a whole body of work.  It’s enough to whet your appetite.  Go here for the original over at XKCD.  (h/t to The Dude)


Oh, bra-VO, you idiots.

Now, if it were an enemy sniper and one of our snipers got the guy before he could kill some of our soldiers, I can see it.  But, assuming that these are actually innocent civilians… the idea of killing innocent civilians and posing with them goes beyond the pale, and a long cruel sentence is warranted.

Why?  Because if this is true, the people who already want to kill us won’t want to kill us any worse, but it sure swells the ranks.  If it’s true, I can’t see as how I would blame the muslim world for being angry.

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Radiation Burns, Man.

I feared a great many things while living near Hanford years ago, but this was never one of them.


Nasty in all ways imaginable.

Six to twelve inches of topsoil in a 6 acre area are being dug up.   And where are they going to put this soil?  We’re talking 1614 cubic yards of “fairly highly contaminated” soil here folks.

I know!  You bury it.

Radioactive wasp nests at Hanford reservation

RICHLAND — Workers cleaning up the Hanford nuclear reservation are going after radioactive wasp nests.

The Tri-City Herald reports 6 to 12 inches of top soil are being dug up this month from 6 acres near the H Reactor. And, workers will dig up more individual mud dauber wasp nests over about 75 acres of the nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

The contractor handling the clean-up, Washington Closure, says the nests were all built in 2003 when water was used to dampen dust during demolition of an H Reactor basin. That attracted the wasps that used the mud to make tube-shaped nests for eggs.

Spokesman Todd Nelson says the nests are “fairly highly contaminated.”


The fact that I laughed hard enough to spew this morning’s coffee out my nose probably means I’m a sick bastard.


So this co-worker has been giving me a hard time lately.  As we walk down the hallway I stop long enough to see her in the window of an office as she walks by.  I say “Holy cow, I was just checking, but you really do cast a reflection.”

So she comes back and hangs a seminar folder on my door.

tactWhat was her point?

She says it must have been intended for me and came to her by mistake.


The US Postal Circus must die.  It’s for the planet.  It’s for the children.

How Global Temperatures are Driven by Postal Charges.


If you gotta break some odds and go get hit by a 30,000 mph meteorite, you should follow this kid’s example and avoid getting hit in the head or someplace really precious.

1 in 100,000,000.  Go buy a lottery ticket.  Lucky dog.

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