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Originally posted by Crakeur
seems there was a box marked radioactive material in the trunk of a car in an accident and the kid driving the car works for a company who takes soil samples
Originally posted by slackerwire
People in the geotechnical engineering field use what is called a Nuclear Density Gauge to determine the density of the soil being tested in order to determine if the soil is capable of holding certain weights.
Originally posted by dgtempe
I'm thinking of opening up a Koran Shop of my own. I have a feeling i could make some good money since we need to flip to that book...in order to survive.
Seriously,, i wonder how much a Franchise would be?
Originally posted by jsobecky
Well, he had just arrived on site, according to the female anchor, and it is very likely that the TV station had been receiving input from multiple sources while he was enroute, and thus had some up-to-date information to give to him.
Originally posted by jimbo999
Hmm..well, it would be pretty helpful if the reporter on the scene could actually speak english! Maybe he was excited or panicky? It was pretty damn hard to make sense of a lot of what he was saying - most sentences just didn't make much sense.
He was determined to irradiate anything he could, and decided to build a neutron "gun." To obtain radioactive materials, David used a number of cover stories and concocted a new identity.
He wrote to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), claiming to be a physics instructor at Chippewa Valley High School. The agency's director of isotope production and distribution, Donald Erb, offered him tips on isolating and obtaining radioactive elements, and explained the characteristics of some isotopes, which, when bombarded with neutrons, can sustain a chain reaction.
When David asked about the risks, Erb assured him that the "dangers are very slight," since "possession of any radioactive materials in quantities and forms sufficient to pose any hazard is subject to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (or equivalent) licensing."
David learned that a tiny amount of the radioactive isotope americium-241 could be found in smoke detectors. he contacted smoke-detector companies and claimed that he needed a large number for a school project. One company sold him about a hundred broken detectors for a dollar apiece.
Not sure where the americium was located, he wrote to an electronics firm in Illinois. A customer-service representative wrote back to say she'd be happy to help out with "your report." Thanks to her help, David extracted the material. He put the americium inside a hollow block of lead with a tiny hole pricked in one side so that alpha rays would stream out. In front of the block he placed a sheet of aluminum, its atoms absorb alpha rays and kick out neutrons. His neutron gun was ready.
The mantle in gas lanterns, the small cloth pouch over the flame, is coated with a compound containing thorium-232. When bombarded with neutrons it produces uranium-233, which is fissionable. David bought thousands of lantern mantles from surplus stores and blowtorched them into a pile of ash.
To isolate the thorium from the ash, he purchased $1000 worth of lithium batteries and cut them in half with wire cutters. He placed the lithium and thorium ash together in a ball of aluminum foil and heated the ball with a Bunsen burner. This purified the thorium to at least 9000 times the level found in nature, and up to 170 times the level that requires NRC licensing. But David's americium gun wasn't strong enough to transform thorium into uranium
Originally posted by drumist69
I'm mostly interested in the fact that a live, on the scene reporter is being given direction by someone elsewhere. Wouldn't it stand to reason that the guy on the scene has the most up to date info? I'm most curious about who was giving him information which contradicted what he had just said, and from where that individual got that information. Andy