Links – January 28, 2016

Photos from inside the Chernobyl reactor building! Small correction: “Chornobyl” is the spelling preferred by Ukrainians, not just a transliteration artifact. Top photo from here. 

Robin Wright is doing some excellent reporting on Iran in the New Yorker. Here is her latest. 

Another perpetual motion machine. I recognize that this isn’t really, that it assumes a power source like a nuclear reactor, but the article doesn’t say that. Without recognizing that a REALLY LOT of energy has to go into making hydrocarbons from water and carbon dioxide, what the article describes a perpetual motion machine. The Naval Research Laboratory should do better than this.

A personal description of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where anti-government militia have occupied the headquarters buildings for almost a month. Their occupation is now being broken. Not nuclear or national security in the sense we usually think of at this blog, but interesting strategically and a kind of threat to national security.

An explainer on Zika virus.


Added later:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that, since Russia hasn’t nuked Ukraine, it hasn’t violated the Budapest Memorandum. Wrong.

Russian dissidents in the Baltic States.

Life in the Grey Zones – the areas that Russia has chosen to contest within its neighbors.


One comment

  1. The Blog Fodder · January 29, 2016

    Perpetual motion machine: tie a piece of toast butter side up to the back of a cat and drop it from about 10′. Within 3′ of the floor the cat will try to land n its feet and the toast butter side down so it will begin spinning in perpetuity unable to land.


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