Posts filed under “Science”

Understanding the Radioactivity at Fukushima

A physics and engineering perspective Prof. Ben Monreal, UCSB Department of Physics

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Understanding the radioactivity at Fukushima

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Category: Science, Think Tank

Radiation Dose Chart

Via xkcd comes this very informative chart on radiation exposure: > click for ginormous graphic > Sources: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part020/ http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/tritium-radiation-fs.html http://www.nema.ne.gov/technological/dose-limits.html http://www.deq.idaho.gov/inl_oversight/radiation/dose_calculator.cfm http://www.deq.idaho.gov/inl_oversight/radiation/radiation_guide.cfm http://mitnse.com/ http://www.mext.go.jp/component/a_menu/other/detail/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2011/03/18/1303727_1716.pdf http://blog.vornaskotti.com/2010/07/15/into-the-zone-chernobyl-pripyat/ http://dels-old.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/rerf_final.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sievert > Hat tip Flowing Data

Category: Energy, Science

WeatherSpark Chart Madness

For you hardcore weather bugs, WeatherSpark is sheer chart overload! > click for interactive weather madness! (note the buy and sell patterns!) hat tip Flowing Data

Category: Digital Media, Science

UN: Radiation to Hit U.S. By Friday

Washington’s Blog strives to provide real-time, well-researched and actionable information.  George – the head writer at Washington’s Blog – is a busy professional and a former adjunct professor. ~~~ The New York Times notes: A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across…Read More

Category: Energy, Science, Think Tank

When Plates Collide

Informative eye candy from Good about the various earthquake danger zones. > click for ginormous graphic >

Category: Digital Media, Science

Japan Quake: Interactive Before and After Satellite Photos

Amazing before and after photos via German news magazine Spiegel of numerous Japanese towns and cities. (Can anyone translate the headline/sub hed for me, or point to an English language version?) In the interactive version, you can grab a slider and run it across the full photo: > click for interactive version Hat tip Edward…Read More

Category: Digital Media, Science

Nuclear Physicist on Japan Crisis

Nuclear physicist Kirby Kemper gives us his assessment of the Japan nuclear crisis, including the likelihood of a meltdown and radiation risks. Plus, why global markets are off sharply today after Japan’s Nikkei average tumbled more than 10 percent.

Category: Science, Video

Interactive Graphics on Earthquakes, Nuclear Accident

The MSM has a series of terrific interactive charts, maps and animations: Let’s start with the WSJ‘s Pacific/Australian tectonic plates. Note how many major earthquakes have occurred in this region. click for larger chart, go here for article and interactive graphic > Next up is the NYT, which first looks at both how reactors work:…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Financial Press, Science

Pacific Ocean Predicted Tsunami Wave Heights

Fantastic interactive graphic at the NYT reviewing how the shifting tectonic plates in the earth’s crust caused the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Here is the most intriguing of the graphics:

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Source: NOAA Center for Tsunami Research, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

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Category: Digital Media, Science

Astonishingly Detailed Photo of Sun

Via Discover, this is a “Jaw Dropping” photo of the Sun: > Ginormous version here

Category: Science, Weekend