Re: [nanotech] Re: can nanotech be introduced into our bodies?
. If they had had a tradition of
interdisciplinary "talk the problem to death and figure out what will go
wrong," there would have been a lot fewer dead Indians.
that is so wrong... they could have talked and did talk, hold conferences, appeal to the pope and so on, but they would have had to talked until the birth of Pasteur before they could have hadf any handle on infectious diseases....Two points... Pleny of Europeans died of American diseases, and in fact continue to so do. In a large part, African slaves were imported because whites literally couldn't live in the coastal areas of the New World due to malaria. .
The second point is that the Europeans were allowed, forced, to explore the world by the social disruptions of the Black Death. One third of the population died, and the resulting redistribution of wealth was one of the primary forces that led to the end of the Medevial Era.... See Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror"...wish
- On Mon, 2 Jul 2001, Ed Minchau wrote:
> The one major nuclear accident in the USSR (Chernobyl) was *not* dueThere have been several nuclear accidents in former USSRs and successor
states history. In fact the "normal operation" of USSR/successors nuke
shops can be considered a chronical calamity.
> to faulty or "primitive" design. It was due to a few drunkenDon't spread false rumours. What happened is that a) they were running an
> engineers pulling all the control rods out of the reactor, to see how
> much power they could generate before the reactor blew its top...
> just sober enough to do it, and just drunk enough to not think about
> the consequences.
experiment b) in low power the reactor behaviour was very unstable, and
they had to switch off the automatical shutdown to be able to conduct the
experiment c) the control rods did have a paradoxical effect on
criticality during early insertion.
So, IIRC they went into low regime (with automation switched off), and
starved the reactor. Then then attempted to go higher, but the reactor was
just sitting there. Then, they suddenly got a monster surge, panicked, and
manually triggered the emergency rods, which in the early insertion stage
actually enhanced the criticality.
The rest is history.
These things are easy to judge in the retrospective, unfortunately only in
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