Welcome to the long-awaited Nuked Radio Special on The Wigner Effect, with Leuren Moret and Laurens Battis. Over the next few weeks we will be posting a series of articles that will address the following question from a multitude of perspectives:
Is Fukushima Radiation causing problems with aviation and infrastructure?
In February of 2014, we discussed ‘flying through fallout’ and the effect it has had on the health of pilots, flight crews, and frequent fliers since the Fukushima accident in Airline Anomalies Post-Fukushima. Following that interview, and in conversations with both pilots and nuclear engineers who reviewed our material, it became increasingly apparent that an even greater concern may be the compromised integrity of aircraft that have been flying through radioactive fallout for the past three-and-a-half years. So we embarked on a new journey, which involved charting the numerous aircraft emergencies and crashes post-Fukushima. We uncovered extraordinary scientific studies from weapons testing, nuclear labs, aerospace, previous nuclear accidents such as Sellafield and Chernobyl, and from the IAEA on accelerated metal fatigue and material science studies done in radioactive environments. We found similar data in regards to glass, electrical components, and computer systems. Discussions about how to approach this subject and its numerous complexities across multiple fields of science posed a unique set of challenges, and needed to be laid out carefully pre-interview so that people could easily digest this important information, regardless of their field of study. And, most importantly, keeping up with the ever-growing list of plane emergencies and crashes, and approaching each instance with a critical eye. A mix of listings across emergency maps such as RSOE EDIS, Global Incident Map for Aviation, and open-sourced data had to be monitored, verified, and archived daily. Finally, on September 14th, I sat down with Leuren Moret and Laurens Battis to discuss our 7 months of research into the effects of radiation on metals, glass, and other components specific to the aviation industry and on-the-ground infrastructure. What we discovered could at the very least change the way that aircraft are built and maintained, as well as safety overhauls which need to be urgently implemented through non-destructive testing modalities and stringent pre-flight checks.
More specifically, the Wigner Effect interview will address the following concerns:
1) What indicators do we have that correlate from studies about the effect of radiation on metals?
“The radionuclides can be easily washed out of the atmosphere — and in the pathway from Japan to the Pacific Ocean, and across the Pacific Ocean — supposedly there will be precipitation of the rain and most of the particles will be removed by the rain… We assume that there’s a lot of radioactivity now coming into the water from the plant… In reality there may be some health effects, but it depends very much on the level of radioactivity that comes out of the atmosphere.”
Which, if I may add, is being monitored by very few, and shared by essentially no one.
The following preview for The Wigner Effect will give you a better idea of what we will be discussing in the coming weeks:
Part 1: Introduction to The Wigner Effect & Entropy
In the first segment we acknowledge the extensive body of work from Dr Leuren Moret, and introduce practicing engineer Laurens Battis. We lay out the sequence of research we have conducted in preparation for this presentation. We also discuss the most common aircraft emergencies we collected, and what rates of entropy have to do with establishing if environmental causes are having an effect on materials and engineering for aircraft – as well the associated discomposition of infrastructure. We list historic evidence from weapons testing and nuclear labs, as well as the ‘fallout’ from past accidents, throughout the entire interview.
So strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
1.PHYSICSa thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.
Next in the Series: The Effect of Radiation on Metal & Glass
Past interviews from RadChick & Leuren Moret:
2 years of Fukushima, Flying thru Fallout (Celebrities, pilots, the nuking of John Wayne), and Nuked Pacific
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