Re: [nanotech] Re: can nanotech be introduced into our bodies?
- I agree. This discussion is definitely went off track. The ideas we are all
describing here come straight out of some religious, science fiction mix. On
one hand we have the apocalyptic images we have to books like the bible, and
the koran. Technology is bad and it will kill us all. Lets all run back to
the woods. Every decade and every century, people have feared some sort of
technology. This is no different. No matter what anyone does, this will be
here and we will all use it. Then there is the science fiction aspect that we
all get from movies like Terminator and the Matrix, where are own technology
turned on us. The bottom line is that any technology will bring both good and
bad. But the most important thing to understand that for thousands of years
we controlled our progress and we will continue to do so. Anything we create
we will control. Never will there be a time that our own technology will be
smarter or better than us. Naturally, it will be used for both good and bad,
just as nuclear technology was. We fear our missles, but without that
splitting atom where would we be now. Our nuclear energy is on the verge of
sustaining life on the planet. And if I am wrong and the end somehow comes
from this, well then it was meant to be. Nature took its course because
nature is all about life and death. Nothing stays alive forever.
- 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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