|Blathering for Friday, 10 April 2009|
12:00: Mikal shared: The Road to Area 51 - Los Angeles Times
- An interesting interview with a bunch of guys who worked at Area 51 in the 1960s.
21:00: Mikal shared: Radioisotope thermoelectric generator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- I was watching a documentary about RTGs, and was annoyed by the lack of detail. Luckily Wikipedia comes to the rescue.
21:00: Mikal shared: Pioneer anomaly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Apparently the pioneer space missions might have suffered from unintended nuclear propulsion, because of the way the radio antenna could reflect waste heat from the nuclear power source. Interesting.
21:00: Mikal shared: Warren Ellis Polar Nuclear Lighthouses
- And of course the Russians had nuclear powered lighthouses. Who else would have?
21:15: Mikal shared: Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators - Bellona
- Apparently in 2003 there were 1,000 poorly maintained RTGs in the former Soviet Union.
21:30: Mikal shared: Tsar Bomba - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- The largest nuclear explosion ever was Soviet as well. It was 57 megaton, although the design was capable of 100 megaton if the lead dampers were replaced with Uranium. It was hot enough to cause third degree burns 100 kilometers away.
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