The baboon was coked up, not me (though that would have been awesome).
Point is, I’ve been around. And my job is precisely what this panic is about: protecting people and things from ionizing radiation.
So during the Japanese crisis and aftermath, I’m retasking this general-interest blog to radiation concerns. I’ll explain (and when necessary, counter) radiological news and opinions. Full disclosure: I do have a new agenda. I’m now convinced we should be building modern nuclear plants, ASAP. The Fukushima reactors are to what’s possible as this…
…is to this:
And even after the fifth-worst earthquake in history those dinosaurs are still hanging tough! So suppose they had fuel that physically couldn’t melt down?
The anti-nuke crusaders are mobilizing. Many will lie, if it furthers their cause. None of them can sneak a radiological lie past me. So if you’d like to stay on top of the “rad rad rad rad world“, bookmark this! You can always dump me when I go back to whining about invisible dinosaurs. And believe me, I will.
I’ve slaved away in Boiling and Pressurized Water Reactors under NRC regs. At DOE accelerators I’ve covered relativistic electrons to relativistic gold ions and most everything in between. I’ve pegged teletectors on dose and ion chambers on smears. Tracked down hot dirt daubers’ nests and wrangled snakes out of Contamination Areas.
I’ve seen so much I stopped saying “I’ve seen it all” back in my early thirties.
And as the only human being ever to cite a groundhog for failure to wear dosimetry, I have but one peer:
Stick around and you will quickly develop radiological expertise. If you have questions, just ask. And if you’re an anti-nuke activist…welcome! Just don’t use language that requires decontamination.