Earth and Environmental Science Baby!
GeekSpeak for 2011-03-19
Dr. Christian Shorey joins us for a talk on the earth and it’s power. We also cover some geek news.
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If the latest theory of Tom Weiler and Chui Man Ho is right, the Large Hadron Collider – the world’s largest atom smasher that started regular operation last year – could be the first machine capable causing matter to travel backwards in time.
Today, House Republicans made it clear just how antiscience they are (as if we didn’t know already): they voted down a simple amendment declaring the reality of climate change. Not that it was human-caused, or dangerous, just that it existed. Which it does.
Web browser games are nothing new. The Web is flooded with them. But a game based entirely in your URL bar? Now that’s something unique. And in just a few hours of tinkering with HTML5, developer Corey Johnson managed to create just that, in the form of URL Hunter.
It all started when Johnson came across a blog post titled Abusing the HTML5 History API for fun (and chaos). “The first thought that ran through my mind was ‘I need to turn this into a game!’”
Information about the incident at the Fukushima Nuclear Plants in Japan hosted by http://web.mit.edu/nse/ :: Maintained by the students of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT
“Rustock, at its peak, was a botnet of around 2 million spam-sending zombies capable of sending out 30 billion spam email per day. Microsoft’s wholesale slaughter of Rustock could reduce worldwide spam output by up to 39%.”
“Not quite. This particular emergency involved the lower end of the FM-radio dial. Republicans, in an urgent budget-cutting maneuver, were voting to cut off funding for National Public Radio. All $5 million of it — or one ten-thousandth of 1 percent of the federal budget.”
Marketing stunt or humanitarian act? Doesn’t matter; it’s a good thing.
Nuclear Energy Institute – “Preparations were being made to spray water into the used fuel pool at reactor 4, and an unmanned vehicle sprayed more than 1,500 gallons of water over seven hours into the used fuel pool at reactor 3, Edano said. He also said he believed that the situation at the reactor 3 fuel pool is stabilizing.”
The site also has an [illustration of the reactor design and layout|http://nei.cachefly.net/static/images/BWR_illustration.jpg] for further reference.
This is public service cartoon made in Japan to tell kids about the nuclear accident in progress: very simple to understand without minimizing the incident.
! Our Guest
[Christian Shorey|http://inside.mines.edu/~cshorey/], Ph. D. from University of Iowa in Geoscience. He has a wonderful podcast about [Earth and Environmental Science Podcast|http://inside.mines.edu/~cshorey/pages/sygn.html] and is fantastic! (-Lyle)
! Effects of Radiation on the Body
Dr. Dawn mentioned this [How to Detox Your Body of Depleted Uranium Residues, the Effects of Radiation, and Radioactive Contamination|http://proliberty.com/observer/20050826.htm]