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How to keep radioactive waste safe for thousands of years?

A Permanent Breakdown in Communications The Atlantic, by Megan McCardle17 Nov 2009 Slate ponders how to communicate the danger of radioactive waste to the far future. The problem is, if they can’t read English, or recognize the radiation trefoil, anything you do sounds more likely to intrigue future anthropologists than to warn them off:
Even if future trespassers could understand what keep and out mean when placed side by side, there’s no reason to assume they’d follow directions. In “Expert Judgment,” the panelists observe that “[m]useums and private collections abound with [keep out signs] removed from burial sites.”

A Permanent Breakdown in Communications – Megan McArdle

November 20, 2009 - Posted by | 1, 2 WORLD, wastes | , , , , ,

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