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originally posted by: crappiekat
Does something like this eventually burn itself out?
Surely even in the best radiation suit your still gonna die. 530 sieverts per hour?
originally posted by: FauxMulder
Forgive my ignorance, but how exactly does radiation kill a robot? Fry the electronics?
Environments with high levels of ionizing radiation create special design challenges. A single charged particle can knock thousands of electrons loose, causing electronic noise and signal spikes. In the case of digital circuits, this can cause results which are inaccurate or unintelligible.
The new readings come from inside reactor two, where the radiation levels are 530 sieverts per hour, according to Tepco, the Tokyo Electric Power Company. That's highly radioactive— most radiation is measured in thousandths of a sievert, a unit called a millisievert.
By all but eliminating the risk of additional atmospheric contamination, the arch will remove the lingering threat of even a limited reprise of those nightmarish days 28 years ago,
Engineers have designed the Chernobyl arch to stand for 100 years; they figure that is how long it may take to fully clean the area.
Caesium-137 has a half-life of about 30.17 years. About 95 percent decays by beta emission to a metastable nuclear isomer of barium: barium-137m (137mBa, Ba-137m).
The remainder directly populates the ground state of barium-137, which is stable. Ba-137m has a half-life of about 153 seconds, and is responsible for all of the emissions of gamma rays in samples of caesium-137.
Looks like China Syndrome could be happening, ...
So this is much worse than we knew.
The original thread is still there.
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Italy’s Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) have developed a nanoceramic material made from an aluminium oxide that has the potential of producing nuclear energy more efficiently and economically.
Researchers say the substance can operate at higher temperatures and stronger radiation fields. In addition to its higher tolerances, they say that the material becomes more resilient when exposed to radiation.
originally posted by: vonclod
a reply to: jadedANDcynical
Looks like China Syndrome could be happening, there are pics of underneath the reactor and it appears the core has melted through..so not good. The radiation 530 sieverts will kill you real quick.