These original Kirt's Cogitations™
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– noun: Concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
Nowhere for Nukes to Hide
scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the effort to detect hidden
rogue nukes attempting to be smuggled into the country is going to made
be a lot easier - and cheaper. Using sensitive passive detector arrays,
the muons that are a secondary decay byproduct of abundant cosmic rays
can indicate the presence of very dense materials like uranium, plutonium
and lead shielding containers. These muons pass right through less dense
materials, but scatter upon encountering denser matter. Concealing vessels
such as steel shipping crates, entire trucks and persons can be scanned
in a matter of seconds as they pass slowly through detector arrays.
Testing has confirmed that both fission bombs and "dirty" nukes (low
grade radiological material wrapped around conventional explosives)
are easily revealed even when painstakingly hidden. So, no thanks to
the governments and citizens who appease and encourage terrorists, our
world will soon be a little safer.