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Comment: Re:Cecil Kelley (Score 1) 299

by QuantumPion (#47376589) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

The people who got the highest dose at Hiroshima and Nagasaki also suffered from the other effects of the bomb, like heat and blast, and there wasn't emough left of them to measure

The bombs were detonated at some altitude above the ground so no one could have been close enough to receive that much direct radiation anyway.

Comment: Re:Cecil Kelley (Score 2) 299

by QuantumPion (#47376561) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

"As far as I am aware the highest radiation dose anyone has received was Cecil Kelley..."

Not to be too snarky, but I believe that some former folks at Hiroshima and Nagasaki would beg to differ.

No. To get that kind of radiation dose from a nuclear explosion you would have to be much closer than the altitude the bombs were detonated at. So close that you would be instantly vaporized by the thermal radiation.

Comment: Cecil Kelley (Score 5, Informative) 299

by QuantumPion (#47375057) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

As far as I am aware the highest radiation dose anyone has received was Cecil Kelley, whom was exposed to a criticality accident at a plutonium processing plant. When the tank stirrer turned on, the geometry of the plutonium solution became critical, exposing him to ~12,000 rem. He died 36 hours later.

See Page 16 for a description of the accident here: http://ncsp.llnl.gov/basic_ref/la-13638.pdf

Or the wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Kelley_criticality_accident

Comment: Glad Canton lost out of spite (Score 2) 932

by QuantumPion (#47214799) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

I'm glad Cantor lost, just out of spite. He ran the meanist, ugliest, lyingest, dirty campaign I've ever seen. Running attack ads left and right which were outright lying, just because he could because Bratt didn't have the money to run opposing ads. Cantor was known for not appearing at town halls, snubbing the VCDL and other local conservative groups, and generally treating his own constituents and elections as a nuisance - like a ruling class elite. Apparently, on the day of the election, Cantor was in Washington bragging about how he out-spend Bratt 50-1 in order to crush him to prevent future primary contestants.

Comment: Re:Not a battery (Score 1) 363

by QuantumPion (#47172793) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Ok, not sure what the fucking hell beta did to my comment between editing and submitting, but here it goes again:

This isn't really a "battery" any more so than gasoline is. Technically, you could recover the waste products from gasoline combustion, and using various chemical processes + energy turn it back into gasoline. But that doesn't mean your gas tank is a battery. Same goes for this thing. It is basically an engine burning aluminum. Traveling 3000 km in a car that gets 50 mpg requires about 100 kg of gasoline, so this has about the same energy density.

Comment: Not a battery (Score 1) 363

by QuantumPion (#47172753) Attached to: Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

This isn't really a "battery" any more so than gasoline is. Technically, you could recover the waste products from gasoline combustion, and using various chemical processes + energy turn it back into gasoline. But that doesn't mean your gas tank is a battery. Same goes for this thing. It is basically an engine burning aluminum. Traveling 3000 km in a car that gets 50 mpg requires of gasoline, so this has about the same energy density.

Comment: Re:It depends on the hat you're wearing (Score 1) 143

by QuantumPion (#46892059) Attached to: Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions

Lewinsky wasn't the one charging sexual harassment. She was a willing participant, but was the witness to attest for the person whom was unwillingly harassed, Paula Jones. The case didn't "blow up on technicalities", Clinton was found guilty of obstruction of justice and perjury, and settled the case w/ Paula Jones. The House impeached Clinton but the Democrat controlled senate refused to convict.

Comment: Re:It depends on the hat you're wearing (Score 1) 143

by QuantumPion (#46891965) Attached to: Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions

You are confused. Monica Lewinsky was the witness to attest that Clinton did garner sexual favors from interns. The sexual harassment suit was by Paula Jones, whom was NOT willing to give sexual favors and thought that her boss making such advances was a highly hostile work environment.

Comment: Re:Increase fuel burnup and this becomes cheap ! (Score 1) 288

by QuantumPion (#46877293) Attached to: Decommissioning Nuclear Plants Costing Far More Than Expected

> a result of extremely inefficient solid fuel reactors cooled by water

, a design which was chosen over thorium reactor designs because thorium reactors do not produce any significant amount of "waste" plutonium required for nuclear weapons production.

Fixed that incomplete thought for you.

That is not accurate. Thorium breeder reactors produce weapons-grade U-233. And a reactor designed to use liquid fuel with on-site reprocessing can very easily extract this weapons grade material. It is even easier to do so than a U-238 breeder reactor cause you don't have to worry about burnup requirements limiting Pu-240 production.

The reason why we went with UO2 based reactors instead of thorium ones is simply because that is where our knowledge base stemmed from. UO2 worked and thorium didn't offer any significant advantage worth starting over from scratch on.

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