Friday, December 11, 2009

Weekend Curiosities - Dec 11, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Tribune - DOE: Trainloads of nuke waste on way to Utah
A Department of Energy official on Thursday informed U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, that 11,000 tons of the low-level radioactive waste -- packed in 14,800 drums -- is ready to be shipped from the Savannah River cleanup in South Carolina.
Ultimately, about 10,000 metric tons of depleted uranium will make its way to Utah.
Depleted uranium is different from other waste disposed at EnergySolutions Inc.'s facility 70 miles west of Salt Lake City because it becomes more radioactive over time, for up to 1 million years. The material is a byproduct of the uranium enrichment process used to make nuclear weapons during the Cold War era.

QUESTIONS of the WEEK - refer to the two photos below

1) - The sky image at left was reported as a mystery sighting in Norway the day American President Obama made his Nobel Price acceptance speech. The mystery was soon solved when the Russian defense ministry admitted a Bulava missile had been launched from a submerged submarine in the White Sea. Was the Russian missile test a success, or a failure?
2) - The similar image at right displays a cap symbol familiar to U.S. to air travelers. What purpose does the symbol serve, if any?
3) - If the symbol in question 2) has a name, what is it called?
Answers next week.
Submarines are always silent and strange.



Post a Comment

<< Home