Thursday, May 30, 2013

A good alternative to fracking?

"The Gasbuggy Nuclear Test Site is the location of a 1967 underground nuclear explosion, conducted to test the viability of using a nuclear device to aid in natural gas extraction. It was part of the Plowshare Program, the program to develop peaceful uses of nuclear weapons, and was the first use of a nuclear explosion for industrial purposes. The test was overseen by the San Francisco Operations Office of the Atomic Energy Commission, and was conducted by the Lawrence Radiation Lab (later to become the Lawrence Livermore National Lab) in conjunction with the El Paso Natural Gas Company. Called "gas stimulation," the technique has been used employing conventional explosives, and it was hoped that a larger nuclear explosion would be capable of opening up gas deposits which are not otherwise economically viable. The test called for a 29-kiloton nuclear device to be placed at the bottom of a 4,240-foot deep shaft drilled in a "tight" shale formation known to contain natural gas. To a large degree the experiment went as planned: the underground cavity produced by the explosion, 80 feet wide and 335 feet high, filled with natural gas from the fractured surrounding rock. However the gas was too radioactive to be commercially distributed by public utilities."

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ethylene explosion at Sterigenics accident report

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on August 19, 2004, an explosion occurred inside an ethylene oxide sterilization chamber and an associated thermal oxidizer at the Sterigenics facility in Ontario, California. Four employees suffered minor injuries and the facility was rendered unusable.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Early Atlas missile failure

An Atlas missile carrying a one-and-a-half-pound squirrel monkey named Goliath in its nose cone veers off course after launch and showers burning wreckage back on Cape Canaveral, Nov. 10, 1961. (AP Photo/Jim Kerlin)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bin Laden's mountain fortress (that never existed)

Massive explosion in Syria

It is unclear who caused this explosion and who was filming, particularly because both sides of the civil war in Syria say the same thing over and over again for both good and bad occasions. The power of the blast implies a hit on some kind of ammunition or explosives depot. If so, so much better for the world that these were not used on civilians or by future terrorists.  This has been blamed on Israel, now known to have conducted some kind of operation over Syria recently.  The link to this explosion is not concrete yet, but entirely possible.

The size of this blast appears to exceed even the largest conventional explosives, the mushroom cloud shape is going to get conspiracy nuts to suggest a nuclear explosive was used. Instead, the more likely scenario is a depot explosion, a secondary caused by rockets/bombs and perhaps a fire.  More "god is great" thrown into this video, because a merciful god would certainly have placed people in Syria during these fun times.  Or is it a vengeful god punishing some enemy?  Either way, one hopes we never have to deal with either Syria or the "peaceful arab spring" in the future.