[ RadSafe ] Pu-239 movie

Alan Watts wattsa at ohio.edu
Tue Oct 23 13:53:26 CDT 2007

Coming November 17 at 8 PM on HBO:  Pu-239

About . . .
A Russian nuclear-plant worker facing certain death after being exposed to 
a lethal dose of radiation, his wife and son's future is worth stealing 
for--even if it's the most dangerous substance on earth. HBO Films presents 
this gripping thriller that tells the story of Timofey (Paddy Considine) 
who lives in 1995 post-Soviet Russia, and labors under substandard 
conditions in a deteriorating power plant. Exposed to a deadly dose of 
radiation and made a scapegoat for the disaster, Timofey steals a small 
amount of Pu-239--weapons-grade plutonium--and heads for Moscow to attempt 
to sell it on the black market with help from an inept wannabe gangster. 
Oscar Isaac and Radha Mitchell co-star. Written for the screen and directed 
by Scott Z. Burns; based on the short story by Ken Kalfus. ?Widescreen. 


--On Saturday, October 20, 2007 9:58 AM -0700 ROY HERREN 
<royherren2005 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> For those of you are unfamiliar with the Americian Television show
> MythBusters and are curious about what they do please see
> http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/mythbusters/about/about.html and
> http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/mythbusters/mythbusters.html
>       bV = parseInt(navigator.appVersion);  if (bV >= 4) window.print();
> http://www.physorg.com/news112081820.html   Published: 6 hours ago, 06:50
> EST, October 20, 2007
>                Show Tests Roaches' Radiation Resistance
> (AP) -- Would cockroaches survive a nuclear holocaust that killed
> everything else? That question is being tested this week at the nearby
> Hanford nuclear reservation by a team from the "Mythbusters" show on the
> Discovery Channel, which expects to air the episode in about four months.
>  "It's been on the original list of myths since day one," said Kari
> Byron, who appears on the cable television series and was in town with
> Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci for the tests.
> The crew is using an irradiator in the basement of Hanford's 318 Building
> just north of Richland. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory usually
> uses the device to calibrate dosimeters, which measure radiation exposure
> to humans and animals, and to check for radiation damage of video
> cameras, fiber optic cables and other equipment.
> Lab operators agreed to the research for purposes of science education
> and workers donated their time, in some cases using part of their
> vacation allotments.
> On Thursday afternoon, Byron and Imahara were cramming their
> uncooperative critters into a specially built roach condo to be exposed
> in the irradiator.
> "I had to put myself in quite the mind-set to do it," Byron said.
> A scientific supply company sent 200 cockroaches for the tests, "all
> laboratory-grade, farm fresh," Imahara said.
> A control group of 50 will get no radiation, 50 others will be exposed to
> 1,000 rad, a lethal load of radiation for humans, 50 will be exposed to
> 10,000 rad and the last 50 to 100,000 rad.
> The bugs will be watched over the next couple of weeks to see how soon
> they die.
> "Contrary to popular belief, not a significant amount of research goes
> into cockroach radiation," Imahara said.
> Flour beetles and fruit flies, also being irradiated for comparison, were
> a snap compared with the cockroaches, which did not take well to being
> corralled within a tiny block arrangement designed to make sure each bug
> gets the same dosage.
> "They are very fast. They are very aggressive. They want to get away,"
> Byron said. "They are opportunists."
> The surviving bugs get a chauffeured ride back to San Francisco. A
> "Mythbusters" employee has been detailed to drive them because airlines
> won't let them in the passenger cabin and they can't be placed in the
> baggage hold without wrecking the experiment.
> "We have to maintain reasonable temperature and humidity so they don't go
> into shock," Imahara said.
> ---
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