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A Is For Atom is an artifact of an era characterized by a strong narrative of belief in science and in technological progress. The potentially threatening nuclear technology is presented to the public in a “humanized” fashion, with elemental forces being depicted as humanoid figures such as Dr. Atom, who has an atom for a head. In a key sequence, the film introduces the five atomic “giants,” which “man has released from within the atom’s heart”: the warrior and destroyer, the farmer, the healer, the engineer and the research worker. Each of these giants is depicted as a majestic figure, towering over the earth, bringing progress and limitless growth to the world. The viewers are reassured that ”all are within man’s power and subject to his command,” that our future depends “on man’s wisdom, on his firmness in the use of that power.”
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The British 45-minute documentary A Is For Atom was named after the 1953 animated short of the ‘Atoms for peace’ campaign with the same title. The final installment of a BBC-2 series about politics and science, called Pandora’s Box, the film tells the story of the development of peaceful nuclear technologies in the United States, Britain and Russia, and how political and business forces of the time contributed to these transformation. In order to make the production of nuclear power plants profitable, for example, private corporations like Westinghouse and General Electric pushed for the construction of bigger plants in order to utilize economies of scale. However, with growing reactor sizes, safe operation could no longer be fully guaranteed. The film shows that despite repeated warnings by senior scientists from the Atomic Energy Commission and the industry itself, the corporations succeeded in avoiding costly changes to the plant design.
M 4.8, near the east coast of Honshu, Japan
Sunday, May 8, 2011 13:28:42 UTC
Sunday, May 8, 2011 10:28:42 PM at epicenter
Depth: 40.70 km (25.29 mi)
Posted on 8 May 2011 | 1:28 pm
M 4.8, near the east coast of Honshu, Japan
Sunday, May 8, 2011 10:42:54 UTC
Sunday, May 8, 2011 07:42:54 PM at epicenter
Depth: 53.50 km (33.24 mi)
Posted on 8 May 2011 | 10:42 am
Originally posted by SFA437
North side of #4 does look like it has collapsed further.
Kind if hard to pick out any details, especially with the graininess and poor lighting but it does look seriously degraded from yesterday.
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the doors of the No. 1 reactor building at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were opened Sunday, paving the way for the utility to proceed with efforts to stabilize the damaged reactor.
The move came after the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency gave the go-ahead, saying it has assessed that opening the double-entry doors at the troubled facility would not have serious impact on the environment.
Tokyo Electric, also known as TEPCO, said it plans to have workers go inside the reactor building at around 4 a.m. Monday to measure the levels of radioactivity inside.
Originally posted by zeddissad2
I'm following this thread for last 200 or so pages. I would like to express many thanks to all contributors. There is nothing more what I can say. Keep good spirit, because you are beacon in this dark time.
Originally posted by Wertwog
reply to post by imlite
If this is the pool that caught fire on May 7 they refilled it pretty fast! Something is not squaring here. I call BS on this video - not #4, maybe taken from another intact pool.
Originally posted by mrbillshow
reply to post by Hellhound604
Do you think that could be part of the red concrete pump putting water into the SFP? If you look closely at you're unenhanced photos there appears to be an arm coming up from below. Looks like they decided to just stick it through an open panel then through the top of the building. I always wondered why they didn't do that at the beginning. Maybe they were concerned about damage to the nozzle section from falling debris.
As for the apparent destruction of the building, I've compared before and after photos and I just don't see it. #4 looks pretty much as it did before. Second, can someone tell me how you're seeing the north side of the building? From this vantage point I can only see the south and west. I assume people understand we're only looking at the top 3 panels (out of 6?), the parts that sustained most of the damage in the explosions. The bottom half of the buildings are cut off by a ridge or hill.
edit on 8-5-2011 by mrbillshow because: (no reason given)