A Bit Of I Told You So

Back in August, the Associated Press published an article claiming that the IAEA would not oversee sampling at Iran’s Parchin site, where tests relating to nuclear weapons development are believed to have taken place. That claim, and the document said to support it, were not of the form that IAEA documents usually take, nor did it cover the material necessary for such a document. I said that here and described the kind of thing I would have expected to see, along with how IAEA might monitor sample-taking even if it were not on site.

The response was rapid and vehement on Twitter. AP reporters and editors, along with random others, attacked me and others who dared to question the story. They offered no further support for the story, nor did George Jahn, the author of the story, join in. Read More

What Is An Antineutrino Map Good For?

Here’s how I try to figure out news about scientific advances. This example relates both to nuclear science and to nonproliferation, so it’s of interest, and one might think I could interpret it easily. Maybe not so much, if the information isn’t there.

A friend sent me this article. Antineutrinos – oh noes! What I know about them is that they go through matter. Plus beloved of physicists for the way they fit (or not) into elaborate schemes of particles I long ago gave up keeping track of. Heat produced in planet’s interior? Okay. But the map is of antineutrinos (emission? absorption?), and what do they have to do with heat? Hm…nuclear reactors, the sun and radioactive material in the earth…okay, but the article never really tells us what antineutrinos are good for. Read More