Over Easy: Monday Science
We really had a roasting weekend. Temps well into the 90’s and not dropping out of the 80’s over night. Fairly normal for this time of year, but uncomfortable. Even with a summer shave, the Great Pyrenees just lies on the kitchen floor sucking up the cold from the tile. It does not help that as soon as she lies down, a cat wants to snuggle up to her big furry belly. Or right under her chin.
TEPCO would really like to limit those receiving compensation as much as possible. The Japanese Government agrees with this. These payments are really hurting the JG, as they must pretend that Fuku is not so bad and thus cannot raise revenue to cover it. The JG took on a lot of liabilities that should have stayed with TEPCO to avoid (or maybe only delay) a bankruptcy filing.
Counterpunch has a pretty good summary. They may be right about Fuku being the biggest coverup of the century, however one should not underestimate the desire of governments to cover up their own screwups and protect their contributors.
Now, here’s some spin for you. Headline reads: Japan to Allow Thousands to Return Home. What that REALLY means is that the JG, against the wishes of the Evacuees, is forcing people to return to contaminated areas by cutting off the assistance payments.
The JG has approved a cleanup plan. It has a 30 – 40 year time span and it delays the removal of the fuel rods from the #1-3 SFP’s by three years. No mention of the corium. No mention of the fact that the technology simply does not yet exist for a number of timelined operations.
They’re developing a flying drone that will try to operate inside the reactor buildings. They’ll need a lot of copies, as even with the best radiation hardening those drones will have a limited lifespan.
Low level radiation, like what the government currently assures is safe, is much more dangerous than realized. Check out the PDF link in this ENENEWS story. Quote from the story, emphasis mine: [Our analysis] gives 189 lung cancer deaths per year per million persons per rem. This is over 100 times the official estimates and completely changes the picture. To translate: If you expose 1M people to 1 rem, you get 189 cancers. 2 rems, you get 378. At the official level of 5 rems, you get 945!
The comet lander wakes! They had hopes that this would happen. It doesn’t have much power available, about 24 watts. But it can send data at 19w and it can collect data at about 10w, so we’re going to get some science from it. Per CNN, there about 8000 packets of data already stored and ready to transmit.
The New Horizon’s probe is one month away from it’s closest approach to Pluto. When it left earth, Pluto was still a planet.
If we want to find life, our best shot (and it’s a pretty good one) is Europa. NASA agrees and is planning several possible missions. While their public speculation is restrained, privately scientists are saying that life SHOULD be there based on the data we have.
They’re trying to turn a chicken into a dinosaur. I successfully turned a chicken into a potpie, which seems more practical.
Boxturtle (Imagine the drumstick!)