Documentary: Uranium - Twisting the Dragon's Tail

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camiel
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Documentary: Uranium - Twisting the Dragon's Tail

Post by camiel » Aug 02, 2015 2:40 pm

Okay, perhaps it is the wrong section to post this (there's no "uranium in the news"), but I still would like to post something about a TV documentary that was shown on PBS in the USA and on ARTE in several European countries last week. It is a two-part documentary about the history of uranium. Although it is about uranium, there is, of course, also mention of thorium. Moreover, the documentary also features Leslie Dewan (Transatomic Power) in front of the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee. I don't really agree with the conclusion at the very end of the documentary, but it is an interesting documentary nevertheless.

PBS:
http://video.pbs.org/program/uranium-tw ... gons-tail/

ARTE (German)
http://www.arte.tv/guide/de/054001-001/ ... eltnis-1-2

ARTE (French)
http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/054001-001/ ... gereux-1-2

Tomswift
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Re: Documentary: Uranium - Twisting the Dragon's Tail

Post by Tomswift » Aug 03, 2015 1:47 am

I get the impression that the people making this documentary are trying to not upset the anti nuc crowd while giving a somewhat positive light on nuclear power. Comparing the radiation levels of the beaches at Guarapari, Brazil to those around Fukushima would show some of the radio-phobia that the Japanese government has. I wish I could find it now, but about a year ago I heard that one of the agencies keeping track of statistics at Fukushima said the death toll from radio-phobia was about 163.
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Although environmental groups say we must reduce CO2 to prevent global warming they can never mention the “N” word as part of the solution.

glemieux
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Re: Documentary: Uranium - Twisting the Dragon's Tail

Post by glemieux » Aug 03, 2015 3:22 pm

The host of the program is Derek Muller of YouTube fame. His show on youtube is Veritasium. He's done a comparison somewhat in the vein that you mention. Comparing radiation levels different places around the earth using the radiation from a banana to scale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRL7o2kPqw0

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