UH ocean project involves nuclear sub...

UH ocean project involves nuclear subatomic particles - Hawaii ...

There are 12 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 24, 2009, titled UH ocean project involves nuclear subatomic particles - Hawaii .... In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The University of Hawaii physics department is taking the lead in development of a deep-ocean detector to study ghostly subatomic particles coming from nuclear reactors and radioactive decay in the earth.

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Columbus, OH

#1 Aug 24, 2009
10,000 tons of scintillator oil?

make one kine mess if leak? hoo bah, wtf? an nuklear stuffs to boot? make no sense 2 me. keep da'islans free of dis stuff.

Ewa Beach, HI

#2 Aug 24, 2009
Go develop cheap energy. Get off oil.

Wahiawa, HI

#3 Aug 24, 2009
It's a good thing that there are never any accidents in the ocean...

Severna Park, MD

#4 Aug 24, 2009
Think of all the diaper rashes that will go untreated.
Weapons Research

Washington, DC

#5 Aug 24, 2009
This is a shibai for weapons research out of the pentagon, don't kid yourself. It is also a way to detect nuclear submarines and such. UH is going after DoD money with this one. Do the research. The bonus is, if it is a failure, at least we can keep our dishes clean with all that diswasher detergent.
Recycling is the future

Honolulu, HI

#6 Aug 24, 2009
Based on the comments, once again Hawaii has impressed me with its clear understanding of science and the ability to read science oriented articles.
Go-go Aloha!!

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#7 Aug 24, 2009
It's sound and will provide insight on sub-atomic particles. If it gets DoD financing, what's wrong with that? Hawaii has partly relied on military presence.

I do agree though, there are some idiots commenting here. I'm suprised they didn't argue that now hawaii won't be getting their dishes washed because of this project.
Michael in Kaneohe

Honolulu, HI

#8 Aug 24, 2009
Scintillate means to give off light when a particle hits it. The scintllating oil here is BABY OIL! Imagine if there is a leak near the beach...all the girls have to do is go in the water to get oiled up. Which leave us guys out of a job. So sad, too bad.

Seriously, this instrument is just 10 thousand tons of steel, light detection and data recording instrumentation and baby oil and soap. Stating that it's 10 kilotons brings up visions of The Bomb, but in this case, just tells us how heavy the thing is (like saying a 2 ton pickup).

Besides detecting neutrinos from reactors and nuclear blasts, it will also detect neutrinos from our sun and other stars, yielding a wealth of information about solar processes.

Waianae, HI

#9 Aug 25, 2009
syzygy wrote:
It's a good thing that there are never any accidents in the ocean...
With the technology, I'm sure they can tell who did it.

(ho-feeling kinda loose ....go further out yeah?)
How Small Is It

Mililani, HI

#10 Aug 25, 2009
Realist wrote:
<quoted text>
With the technology, I'm sure they can tell who did it.
(ho-feeling kinda loose ....go further out yeah?)
One neutrino would probably be enough to take out your brain.

Honolulu, HI

#11 Aug 25, 2009
This technology can be applied someday to determine if a country is using nuclear technology for peaceful energy production or for creating weapons. So it can only aid in controlling the spread of nuclear weapons. Which is ethical and well worth spending of our defense dollars on such a project. Fears of environmental side effects from such a project are unfounded and based on images of a crude oil tanker which this project does not even come close to reproducing. The primary goal of this project is to have a greater understanding of our universe. There is no conspiracy, or environmental threat here.

Waianae, HI

#12 Aug 25, 2009
How Small Is It wrote:
<quoted text>One neutrino would probably be enough to take out your brain.
You don't even know what a neutrino is.

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