Originally posted by BriGuyTM90
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by BriGuyTM90
Well.... that was anticlimactic? I was really expecting a bright glowing green rod like from the Simpsons.. I imagined it bouncing around town. That just looks like a metal ...... thing.. nothing special, no light effects.. boorrring..
Its not my fault you have a false impression of what nuclear material looks like. I wasn't expecting to see a green glowing rod because I'm aware of the fact that nuclear material doesn't actually glow. With a little research we can find out that the only time there is any kinda of glow involved with radioactive material is when nuclear fuel is undergoing nuclear fission or is newly spent and even then it isn't glowing the material around it is glowing from being ionized. Its called Cherenkov radiation. Also not all nuclear material is nuclear fuel.
So sense the headline never mentions nuclear fuel being involved I don't know why any one would be expecting to see anything glowing. And the article isn't even about the visual description of the item that was lost, I don't know why that was what was important to you. That's like me saying a story about a bus drive kidnapping a bunch of kids is boring because the guy didn't look Otto.
edit on 15-9-2012 by BriGuyTM90 because: (no reason given)
So, I am guessing that the Cherenkov phenomenon is only possible when the fission is submerged in water...since the effect is mentioned as a result of the electrons traveling faster than the speed of light in water (75% slower than in a vacuum)? Enjoyed your responses btw.