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Over Easy: Monday

By: BoxTurtle Monday September 15, 2014 8:03 am

Don’t let him fool you, he was watching football

Well, good morning. As such.

This will be a short post. It wasn’t my day yesterday and it’s not going to be my day today.

Fukushima main reporter in Japan is dead. Mysterious circumstances. Think about it.

Nothing other than tanks is holding back water. And they’re running out of space for tanks. And the tanks themselves are becoming significant sources of Xrays.

#1 reactor still too hot to enter. Ditto #2. #3 is cool enough that robotic equipment can be used. Largely because #3 spread it’s contents all over Japan.

Boxturtle (See, I told you it would be short


Over Easy: Monday Science

By: BoxTurtle Monday September 8, 2014 7:52 am

Chaos and Trouble deign to greet their admirers.


Fukushima Update:

The official position is that dropping the 1000lb console into the #3 SFP did no additional damage. They’ve been removing debries from the #3 SFP remotely for quite awhile and they’re quite behind schedule. Fuel rods ARE damaged in the #3 SFP, scans of the water indicate busted rods. And if the differene explosion came from there, those rods are WAY damaged.

But don’t worry. Japan’s Minister of the Economy tells us that “contaminated water at Fukushima I Nuke Plant is under control” and “the effect of radioactive materials inside the plant harbor is completely blocked”. She is also pushing for the restart of all Japan’s NPP’s.

The workers at Fukushima are suing TEPCO for better pay. They’d like a little risk premium for committing suicide slowly.

TEPCO admits that the Fuku #3 meltdown was worse than initially reported. Worse than TEPCO reported,  but right in line with what independent experts were saying.

More concrete for Fuku bay. TEPCO is gradually admitting they killed that bay and they have no chance of removing the radioactives.  The bay probably contains most of the reactor #3 debris from the different explosion.

Fuku governor sets conditions for accepting waste at the Fuku site, including that the waste be removed in 30 years. No doubt that the JG will agree to those conditions. But I bet in 30 years, they’ll declare that temp dump to be the perm dump and apologize to the Governor.

If we decommission two old reactors, will you let us restart two newer ones? Please? Looks like a camels nose slipping under that tent there…

TV News program runs subtitle “We ran out of time to report about Fukushima related news”. The director posted a note saying that if he died, suspect murder. He committed suicide a few days later. Officially.

Buddhist singing bowls used to design more efficient Solar cell. They resonate with light the way the bowl resonates with sound. Cool!

Jack the Ripper identified via DNA trace? Well, maybe.

Copper Age settlement discovered in Spain.

Artificial cells!   Wow!

Blue whales are making a comeback. See what happens if we stop killing them?

And I have a regular colonscopy scheduled for tomorrow, so I’ll be a bit scarce then. Ah, the joys of aging!

Boxturtle (But for at least one day, I will be provably NOT full of $#!+)

Over Easy: Monday Science

By: BoxTurtle Monday September 1, 2014 8:03 am

It ain’t Godzilla you must worry about


I hope everyone has a good holiday planned. We have a miserable, dreary morning here but it’s supposed to get nice later on. I hope.

Fukushima update:

The fuel rod removal from the #4 sfp is going well, about a month ahead of schedule. I may be off base, but something here isn’t computing to me. Some of those fuel bundles just have to be damaged enough to make removal difficult, but there’s no official word of any problems at all.

Multiple classified interviews released. JG knew on the afternoon of 3/11 that the reactors were already melting. TEPCO did not want to inject seawater to cool the plants, but their man at Fuku ignored their orders. Were they still thinking the reactors were salvageable at the time?!? And when the radiation spiked, TEPCO assisted their plant workers by dropping off needed supplies 50km away.

Their plan to pump up and divert groundwater is pumping 25,000 gallons/day, but having no detectable effect on the amount of water going into the reactor basements.

30 cases of thyroid cancer per 100,000. The normal number is 1.7.

TEPCO found liable for employee suicide. This could be very costly for TEPCO on paper, but it will really cost the JG as TEPCO is effectively bankrupt.

Fuku is now estimated to cost at least $105B. Twice the original estimate but still well below the $1T estimates from outside sources.

About 2 TRILLION Bq/day emitted by the plant.

I’m going to go ahead an post what I’ve got now, and perhaps add more to it later. Busy holiday for me and I’ve run out of time for the moment!

Boxturtle (There is no rest for the wicked)

Over Easy: Monday Fukushima Update

By: BoxTurtle Monday August 25, 2014 8:02 am

How Fukushima channels hot water!


Fukushima Update:

Scientists are documenting severe biological effects, including early mortality, reproductive issues, and population declines in just about every plant and animal species in the area. Including effects on untainted insects fed Fuku contaminated leaves. This is going to get much worse.

A little bit of the inside story early on in the accident. What do you do when you’re taking more than 1 sv/hr and have to close a valve to save the plant?

60km from the plant and radiation readings are higher than the worse of Chernobyl. This is OUTSIDE the evac zone, where the JG is pretending everything is fine. JG appears to have made the conscious decision that a shortened life span and reproduction issues are less impact to Japan than evac.

Childhood cancer is now at 14x normal. The JG is willing to listen to any explanation for this that does NOT involve radiation.

Officially, the USS Ronald Reagan is not contaminated and never received a dangerous dose. Yet the sailors and their families continue to have problems that COULD be explained by radiation exposure. The lawsuits against bankrupt TEPCO expand.

Vice magazine says that no one wants you to know how bad this really is. They’re right. Much like climate change, governments just aren’t willing to face the consequences of this, they’d rather kick it down the road. Speculation: How much pressure from the USG do you suppose the governors of the west coast states receive to not make waves? Do you suppose if they were republican, they’d be standing up to Obama more?

Our government underestimated West coast radiation dose by 500%. A cynic might say they knowingly and intentionally did so, but there’s no information in public to support that.

One of the key things to know is where is the corium? A muon detector is being set up to try to find it. Right now, they are trying to find the proper positions for the detectors, they need to surround the possible locations. There are issues, as the #3 explosion (at least) scattered fuel rod pieces all over and that creates noise that must be corrected for. It is possible that we will have data from the detector this year.

Read about US pro-NPP people trying to convince all of us that Nuclear power is still safe, cheap, and needed. Stop thinking with your wallets and start using your consciences. If you don’t have a conscience, borrow one.

TIME goes off reservation! Yeah, I know TIME ain’t the magazine it used to be, but this is still important. A Dr study has specifically linked rashes to Fuku. Especially in Calif, this is going to make it that much more difficult for the Government to pretend nothing is wrong.

The ice wall still isn’t working. Physics doesn’t care if you believe in it or not.

While ObamaLLP and the JG were assuring us that everything was under control, they were distributing KI tablets to anyone who traveled within 100miles of Fuku and they ordered ships and personnel to remain over 200mi away.

Okay, this ended up being all Fuku. Sorry, but a lot happened over the last couple weeks that needed shared.

Boxturtle (Better spend more time studying the ocean below 500m. We may be living there before long)

Over Easy: Monday Sickness

By: BoxTurtle Monday August 18, 2014 7:41 am


Well, I think I ate something last night that disagreed with me and it’s still disagreeing. So no science post today, as I can barely concentrate enough for this apology.

besides, the conversation is likely to be about the mess in Ferguson anyway.

Boxturtle (With humblest apologies)

Over Easy: Monday Science

By: BoxTurtle Monday August 11, 2014 7:35 am

The Boomslang is lethal, yet legal as a pet


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.

There is a way low estimate of 9,000 additional cancer cases due to Fuku. They are using bogus numbers to make the estimate even that low. A better number would probably be around 20,000.

The latest report says TEPCO underestimated Pu release by a factor of 200. Each report, the numbers get bigger. It’s like they’re breaking it to us gently. It’s worth noting again that nobody is sampling or testing for alpha emitters, like Pu or U. It’s more expensive, and the JG certainly does not want to know the answers officially.

They are admitting that the melt in #3 is exposed. First, there were no meltdowns. Then there MIGHT have been a meltdown, but the fuel was still in the RPV. Then there might have been meltdowns, it might have got through the RPV, but it’s still in containment. And so on…

The ice wall still won’t freeze. They are now considering adding dry ice to get it to freeze. How they will keep it frozen is not being discussed.

Well, it ain’t like we haven’t been predicting this. TEPCO is going to start dumping water directly into the ocean, after diluting it with other water to enable it to meet government standards. And pretending to decontaminate it. Note that their major decontamination plant has had nothing but trouble and it’s efficiency has been questioned. We’d best hope Japan’s fishing industry stops this. They’re powerful, but they’ve never really been tested against DESPERATE nuclear power supporters.

Doctors are describing an “outbreak” of cancer amongst Fuku exposed children. The JG still denies that it’s related to Fuku.

Molten Nuclear fuel particles have been found 130km away from Fuku. Zirconium also detected, which means it HAD to come from inside a fuel rod.

A new development that will enable us to scavenge electricity from waste heat. This is actually a practical device and the military is looking to use them to generate about 1000w in the new Bradley upgrade.

Major step forward for supercapacitors, basically putting them on par with lead acid batteries. Graphene, again. We’ve going to be seeing that stuff everywhere.

A water tractor beam. Imagine how useful that will be containing oil spills. Or collecting the trash islands. Or just messing with sea captains minds.

Meet the Boomslang! It’s bite will kill you horribly, yet it is legal for you to have as a pet.

Boxturtle  (I know one person who keeps venomous snakes. She makes good money selling the venom!)

Over Easy: Monday Science

By: BoxTurtle Monday August 4, 2014 7:54 am

Please Curb your Nuclear Power Plant

Good Morning!

Fukushima Update:

They’ve discovered an “island” of debris from the Tsunami off the coast of Calif. It’s hot, of course, about 300x normal but not in the danger zone. You wouldn’t want the crap on a beach near you, though.

And it’s not the only place things are piling up. Canada’s government is only slightly less in denial about the risks demonstrated by Fukushima, they’re pretty heavily in the nuke industry’s pocket as well.

TEPCO is still pretending that the ice wall will solidify and then miraculously work! 15 tons of ice a day isn’t enough, but basic math would have told them that.

Radioactive dust from cleanup work is reaching places 60km away from the plant. They probably should evac additional areas because of this, but they won’t.

And Japan’s plan for “temporarily” storing Fuku debris hits a major snag as property owners refuse to sell or rent for that use.

Oh, and while the government is still SURE that nobody on the USS Ronald Reagan is suffering from Fuku exposure, over 1750 sailors on the ship suffer from “ill defined conditions.”

Oh, by the way, there is 11,000 tons of VERY hot wastewater in the tunnels between the #2 & #3 reactors. WARNING: PDF.

WIPP update: Expect radiation spikes, meaning the WIPP is leaking. They are now saying 368 containers are at risk, but they’ve given a different count every time.  Even so, the current plan is only to close panel 6 and part of panel 7 and eventually accept waste into the other panels. This gives you an idea of how desperate the government is to move this crap from LLNL to someplace where they can pretend it’s contained.

In Australia, the aborigines hunt lizards by setting bush fires. Which oddly helps the kangaroos!

We now have a diode laser that will cut 1/2 inch of steel. WAY more powerful than any diode laser to date.

We’ve designed a material that should be superconducting at comparatively high temperatures. Now we just have to make the stuff.

We can now make solar cells by spray painting.

Neat new catalyst for turning CO2 into methanol.

Octopus that guarded it’s eggs for 4.5 YEARS, not observed eating for the entire time.

Boxturtle (Farmers market was full of baseball tomatoes. I yelled at them)

Over Easy: Monday Science

By: BoxTurtle Monday July 28, 2014 7:26 am

Venus, as seen by radar


Fukushima Update:

Another scientist moves off the reservation: We must do radiation testing of people outside Fukushima prefecture.   Government official: “I don’t want to discuss the issue.” They then proceed to “analyze” the data based on their intentionally flawed methodology, which has the effect of wildly underestimating the actual impact. Though in their defense, we really don’t know what the impact of this kind of radiation exposure is. But we will.

While officially there is little impact to people, Bad things are happening to our close relatives. Monkey blood in the area is showing abnormalities that could lead to plagues amongst them.

The ice wall ain’t gonna help much, just delay the day of reckoning. And I can make the case that the wall will actually make things worse by reducing cooling to the melts and/or turning the entire worksite into a swamp of radioactive water. Speculate on what the ground inside the wall will do when saturated.

Still, TEPCO seems determined that the laws of physics will not apply when they conflict with the press releases. They seem to think that they can order water to freeze at 5 degrees C.

The JG would really like to restart their NPPs, despite citizen opposition. In hopes of restarting Sendai, they are giving iodine tablets to the local residents. Two each. Which is about a half days supply in the event of an accident.

Since Fukushima, Westinghouse has developed a SFP monitoring system that keeps an eye on water level and temperature and has installed the first one at Watts-Barr in Tennessee. This is good, but it DOES raise the question of why it wasn’t done sooner.

But US Nuclear Energy is safe! This story will tell you what the Nuke industry would like you to believe. Please. Be sure to note that the source of this story is the Nuclear Energy Institute.

There is not a lot of news about WIPP that we don’t already know, but here’s something. I do not put much stock in a criticality event. For that to occur, there would have to be at least 11lbs of weapons grade Pu in the barrel. But that 11lbs assumes a perfect sphere of weapons grade metal. IMO you’d need a LOT more Pu in a barrel to have any chance of starting something.

Now this is scary and stupid all at once. A very simple design flaw that could have had catastrophic consequences. I’m torn between blaming this one of having people design radioactive waste storage who do not understand radiation and radioactives and blaming it on administrators pretending that the radiation will never leak. H/T bgrothus.

We polluted the South Pole before we even got there!

The space station is getting a new clock. It’s a pretty special clock, accurate to 1 second every 300 million years and will enable them to prove/disprove some of Einsteins theories.

Can we terraform Venus? Should we?

We made a sponge that will turn solar energy into steam at 85% efficiency. Somebody explain to me again why we need nukes.

Boxturtle (Trouble is trying to earn getting declawed. On my workbench, with pliers)