Science and Technology : Doomsday Clock Set at 5 'Til Midnight

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  1. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    In the Spirit of Science,




    Doomsday Clock Set at 5 'Til Midnight

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    The iconic Doomsday Clock remains poised at five minutes until midnight, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced today (Jan. 14).

    The clock is no doomsday device — rather, it's a visual metaphor for the danger of a "civilization-threatening technological catastrophe." Every year, the board analyzes international threats, particularly nuclear arsenals and climate change, and decides where the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock should rest. The closer it is to midnight, the closer the world is to doom.


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    Doomsday Clock Set at 5 'Til Midnight

    The iconic Doomsday Clock remains poised at five minutes until midnight, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced today (Jan. 14). The clock is no doomsday device — rather, it's a visual metaphor for the...
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    They're really going to have to milk the last 5 minutes.
     
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    Which says they've certainly milked the first 45 minutes.
     
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    our analysis skills as it relates to issues such as this are infantile...
    it could be 1 second left and we would still be saying 5 minutes to midnight....lol
    it just takes 1 major nuclear plant explosion to decimate all of humanity....

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    On point ... I don't think, hopefully, those of us that are science minded will attempt to successfully argue against the point.
     
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    Nuclear power plants do not explode, they meltdown. A meltdown will contaminate the soil, air, and water around the plant, but a nuclear explosion will not occur.
     
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    Not true ...

    Explosions
    While a nuclear reactor can never explode like an atomic bomb, an explosion can still occur. All power plants are a potential site for an explosion, because the fuel used, whether it is coal, uranium, or natural gas, needs to be energy dense. At coal plants, sparks can set coal dust on fire causing an explosion. Gas leaks can cause explosions at natural gas plants. Typically at a nuclear reactor, the type of explosion seen would be a steam explosion. A steam explosion could only occur if the reactor suffered a meltdown. A meltdown means that due to lack of coolant, or too much fission, the core becomes so hot that it melts. Due to the intense heat produced, water is turned to steam. Also, the fuel rods melt, turning them into a liquid. This allows the metal to react with the steam, causing an explosion.
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    Why a Nuclear Reactor Cannot Explode like an Atom Bomb - F4F-Fusion Science

    Reactors and Atom Bombs A nuclear reactor is a power plant, that uses nuclear fission to eventually generate electricity. An atom bomb also uses nuclear fission to generate energy causing an explosion. However, due to fundamental differences...
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    A steam explosion is not a nuclear explosion. A steam explosion is just water vapor being compressed so much that it explodes through the material housing it. That is not the same as a nuclear explosion, and it is no where near as devastating. A steam explosion will take out a building, a nuclear explosion will take out city blocks and above. Remember, I said it will not cause a nuclear explosion. Yes the heat from the rods in meltdown can cause the water vapor (steam) to explode.
     
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