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  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 13:29:19View | Delete

    There are more violations of that rule in English than there are words that follow the rule. They’ve stopped teaching it in Britain.

    Boxturtle (They’ve also stopped teaching cursive in some schools. I’d have PAID not to do cursive)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 12:51:00View | Delete

    Hey MODS!

    When I click on the MY DIARY link at the top of the page, it takes me to MyFDL rather than my diaries. Is this expected behavior?

    Boxturtle (FWIW, I liked it better the other way)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 10:06:54View | Delete

    olive oil

    Olive oil doesn’t equal vegetable oil.

    Boxturtle (Perhaps I should have said CHEAP salad dressing)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 08:28:17View | Delete

    Unh, wow! I could do an electron beam setup in my basement with that. And power it with a car battery. That will shave some zeros off of some research.

    Boxturtle (And it came from Fermi, which means it’s public domain!)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 08:25:46View | Delete

    The above was to Starbuck at 67.

    Boxturtle the Fatfingered (But you knew that)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 08:24:35View | Delete

    BG’s link at 41 points you to the data. The key for me is the ratios of the various isotopes. That’s a LOT of 241 as opposed to 239. Normally, you’d expect Pu-239 to be 90%+ and PU-240 to be less than 7% if they were doing weapons work or you’d expect PU-240 to be [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 08:20:02View | Delete

    Yeah, I’m suspecting that the Kitten gave the pepper up as a bad idea and left it somewhere inconvenient. I hope i find it with my eyes before I find it with my nose. Neither water, soap, nor alcohol helps hot peppers. The magic fix is vegetable oil. Capsaicin is soluble in oil. In a [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 08:08:40View | Delete

    And a thought occurs to me. I mentioned that whatever had the PU-241 was in a reactor recently. But in order to produce Pu-241, you really only need Pu-240 and a neutron flux intense enough. Such a neutron flux just might be present in one or more of the Hanford tanks as the waste decays. [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 08:04:06View | Delete

    It is known that stuff from Hanford was placed there now, but it wasn’t until after the accident. They have not discussed what sort of stuff from Hanford was placed there, only insisted that it met the regulations for disposal. But that’s a red herring. WIPP is not supposed to accept any liquid waste or [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 07:52:38View | Delete

    Ah, so. I didn’t realize that some of the ships sunk there had actually gone into the trench. We need to hunt those down for a look. Dunno what they’d look like after 70 years. Low oxygen, few living things, those ships could still be basically intact. Or being eaten By some bacteria we’ve never [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 07:37:38View | Delete

    I know just barely enough about film processing for the idea of Vit C being used as a developer to confuse me. I suppose I’ll have to wait for Friday for answers.

    Boxturtle (I have to admit a certain nostalgia for film, even though I’ve been digital for decades)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 07:35:27View | Delete

    I was unaware of shipwrecks in the trench. Those would provide a very interesting habitat. Tell more!

    Boxturtle (We need to get some long core samples from that trench)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 07:25:09View | Delete

    They’re carefully not reporting or commenting on some things. Your local congresscritters are in an uncomfortable position, under tremendous pressure from the WH to keep things quiet, under pressure from their contributors and the local community to get WIPP re-opened, and under pressure from activists to come clean. Boxturtle (I think if the truth about [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 07:21:10View | Delete

    I read that Pu241 is fissionable.

    It’s actually fissile, which is an important difference. See, any isotope of any element except Hydrogen-1 is fissionable, meaning you can split the nucleus with a neutron. Fissile means that when you fission it, you release (on average) more than one neutron. So you can get a chain reaction. [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 07:06:12View | Delete

    That trench isn’t actually that interesting, it’s in a VERY non-productive area of the ocean and thus has fewer opportunities for interesting sea life. There are other trenches nearly that deep under very productive areas of ocean that should be much more interesting. Boxturtle (would be surprised to find anything other than scavengers in the [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 07:03:06View | Delete

    The only way to contain the effects is to ruthlessly supress anybody who tries to report on them.

    Boxturtle (Remember last weeks Journalist “suicide”)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 07:01:43View | Delete

    If you look at the graphs on the ENEnews page, they’re pretty self explanatory. The radiation that was fully contained after the reactors didn’t melt down and is harmless anyway is arriving on the west coast in amounts to be concerned about unless you’re a politician. I think the government is having real trouble at [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 06:40:43View | Delete

    And put it in a barrel and hid it in the WIPP.

    Boxturtle (Though it wasn’t exactly an earth shattering Kaboom, it’s plenty big enough)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 06:37:19View | Delete

    Agreed. I once read a sci-fi story where the workers were paid by how unpleasant the job was, rather then how prestigious. The folks who worked at the sewage processing plant got $$$$$ while the fellow on Wall St. got his nice office but made minimum wage. Interesting story. Boxturtle (100,000 people showed up to [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-09-22 06:32:43View | Delete

    Write button was where is was supposed to be for me when I posted this early this morning. Didn’t have to do any tricky stuff at all. I was offline over the weekend, dunno how FDL behaved then.

    Boxturtle (FWIW, I did not have to clear cookies)

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