- India's second-highest peak
, at 25,645 feet (7816m), sits in a "sanctuary," surrounded by 21,000-foot+ lesser mountains. This has made it even more of a challenge to climb. Among those who took up the challenge were a 1965 CIA team
trying to set up a plutonium-powered device to spy on China's nuclear testing program. That expedition
retreated in the face of bad weather, leaving the device on the mountain. When they returned the next spring, it was gone. The Nanda Devi Sanctuary supplies water to the Ganges River, and there were fears that the four pounds of plutonium in the device could escape into the watershed. Those fears have been confirmed
posted by Kirth Gerson
on Aug 28, 2007 -
Here are two thoughtful pieces on the North Korean Crisis.
From Foreign Affairs comes How to Deal With North Korea
From the New York Times comesQ&A: Should U.S. Launch Direct Talks with North Korea?
Here, by the way, is the fourth footnote from How to Deal With North Korea
:Had the Agreed Framework not been signed in 1994, the North's plutonium-based program would by today have produced enough plutonium for up to 30 nuclear weapons. Critics of the accord should not ignore this fact.
posted by y2karl
on Mar 19, 2003 -
Scientists Offer Cash, Possible Immortality
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is conducting a contest for the best "Plutonium Memorial" design. Are you ready to think out of the box? Make sure to incorporate classic design elements, as the contents will have a half-life of 24,000 years
. It would be a shame to have our distant descendants mock our architecture. P.S. I encourage residents of the Denver
metropolitan area to enter the contest.
posted by JDC8
on Jul 6, 2001 -