Archive for February 2010
“Located at the South Pole, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory will, as its name implies, look for tiny, subatomic particles called neutrinos, which are produced by nuclear reactions that take place in the cores of stars and in other deep-space phenomena.”
– Jeremy Berg in The Daily Cardinal – University of Wisconsin, Madison
Carl G. Jung would have been impressed too I’m sure. He and Wolfgang Pauli and Jungian analyses is where I first heard about the “neutrino” problem. Great project I hope it leads to better info.
I have great hopes for the new national center for “neutron activation” which can find quantitative info for those pesky trace elements, once thought to assist in the origins of minerals to sources, i.e., turquoise traded to Aztecs from which ancient mine in the American Southwest, a real archaeology chemistry project in part funded by the National Science Foundation at Brookhaven National Lab with Phil Weigand, PhD. and Emeritus Garman Harbottle. Maybe we can put some of those heads back on the right statues and find where they were mined.
Big difference between neutrinos and neutrons however see: Nobel winners Wolfgang Pauli
LILCO had decided to stay “off grid” when the large James Bay (part of Hudson Bay) hydroelectric power was wired into Upstate New York from Quebec, at the time the world’s largest (the Chinese or perhaps Citibank’s project(s) along the Uruguay/Brazil border even larger). Canada needs the power in the winter, we in the summer, a happy bargain. But LILCO claimed it had supply enough in the then being constructed Shoreham and to be constructed Jamesport nuclear power plants, which due to supply and other factors, skyrocketed in costs, the final “straw” as I recall the crankshaft of the backup generator cracked, and no way was it going to full power, 5% I think.
I worked back in the early 1990s on the archaeology of EPA National Priority Superfund cleanup sites in NY and NJ, one of those was in Toms River, NJ. The Ciba-Geigy site which had been contaminated with buried drums of toxic waste by a previous owner was to be mitigated by pumping out the aquifer. I did the CAD overlays for history and prehistoric potential. Toms River had recently the National Champions of the US Little League.
Once the West Point Foundry, where numerous cannons and other material was fabricated in the early years of the US leading up to the American Civil War and for a short time after, was contaminated by nickel and cadmium in the production of batteries for the NIKE missile defense systems that once ringed many cities.
Comment and perhaps what the British wanted the US to keep secret:
The “cooperation” is not only “ahistorical” it’s also an imitation of bad methods and procedures. In NYC during the American Revolution prisoners, including Ethan Allen were tortured by a Major Cunningham, in a prison what would be today next to City Hall, cited by the NY Times (1909) as “blacker than any black hole of Calcutta” and many thousands perished around the NYC harbor in dis-masted prison ships, a light supposed to be lit in their memory in Fort Greene, Brooklyn where what is left of their human remains are kept. A questionable “first almshouse” cemetery under the walkway in front of the Horace Greeley statue is in City Hall Park near it a statue in front of City Hall of Nathan Hale, who hung as a spy regretted only having one life to lose for his country. In retaliation for blowing up the fort that became Toronto (actually self-inflicted during the American invasion) the White House was burned in the War of 1812 which America lost, conceivably the lesson learned, to stay within its own borders. Not that British intelligence is that good either, recently two secret reports were found far from their offices, left on a train or somewhere else reported in their news. Around the corner from Guantanamo, America’s “last slaver” “Wanderer” sank in a storm on Cape Maysi, which had in 1858 had helped start the Civil War. Are our methods becoming another reason for anarchy? I hope not.
The mention of Niagara Falls, reminded me of the statue of Nikola Tesla there at the hydroelectric section. It’s a shame, if his laboratory, at then Wardenclyffe, on Long Island, NY has been torn down, once to become a science museum, if there removed over the former photo processors (Peerless) there in the HAZMAT cleanup. Just the other day it was announced that “rechargers” could be powered by Wifi hotspots and this was an early idea of his. I salute Obscura and liked to enjoy the tour of the nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, though a little too obscura back then and you’d be picked up and returned to the guided tour. It’s now run by a consortium of higher learning rather than the US DOE. Should it too be a UNESCO site little brother?
I recall shooting video with a Sony Portapak in 1974 of a dancer in a racquetball court and interviewing people at the Watkins Glen Music Festival also in 1974, and video was rarer then, introduced in 1967. I helped a person for a class at the Media Center in Buffalo, NY which was a publicly funded space for film and video, where Paul Sharits, Hollis Frampton and others showed and taught film, film analysis and the nascent video arts were being explored.
Yesterday I opened up an old VHS tape “Star Trek: The Voyage Home” inside an offer for an Official Medallion “Remember The Seven” which states on the reverse: “The cast and crew of Star Trek wish to dedicate this film to the men and women of the spaceship Challenger, their courageous spirit shall live on in the 23rd century and beyond” – Paramount Pictures 1986