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Plutonium and an Announcement

Plutonium is element 94 and as such it has 94 protons in its nucleus. There are twenty known isotopes of plutonium with half-lifes ranging from 14 years (Pu-241) to 80 million years (Pu-244); there are no stable isotopes of plutonium, so it is only found naturally in trace amounts and most plutonium in use was created by human activity. The most obvious use of plutonium is in nuclear weapons, and the production of Pu-239 has made it the most abundant of the plutonium isotopes. The atomic bomb “Fat Man”, which was dropped on Nagasaki in 1945 used 6.2kg of plutonium, and 1-4kg of plutonium is considered to be all that is needed to build a well-designed nuclear device. Nuclear fuel is also a viable use of plutonium, the space probes Cassini, Voyager and New Horizons all use a plutonium, probably Pu-238, fuel source. Finally, if you ever have the opportunity to eat plutonium, don’t. Particulate plutonium can enter the lungs, where it decays and could cause radiation poisoning or cancer. Besides, plutonium tastes like metal.

Now, I’m off school for the next couple of months, so expect more Apocrypha. I don’t plan on setting up a formal schedule right now, but perhaps in the future I will. Anyway, have a great summer (or winter for you southern hemisphere people)

-kogan56

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The Quarter System, and My Return

So, part of the reason why I’ve ceased posting updates is college. Anyone who’s been in college will understand that it can be tough at times, especially with my case. I stopped posting updates around the same time finals were (the university I attend is on a quarter system so fall quarter was ending), and because I was consistently either missing or skipping posts that should have been up. Anyway, in my current situation, I have to take 19 credits next quarter, spring quarter, to get on track with my desired major.

Anyone who is watching will find a new post or two over spring break, which for me is in a couple of weeks and lasts a week, and I will be posting bi-weekly (Sundays and Wednesdays?) over my summer break.

Again, stay warm, stay safe, and stay awesome.

-Wesley

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An End to The Apocrypha

I’ve decided it’s not worth the effort to continue making new posts here. This blog isn’t getting the traffic I would have hoped for and I’ve been falling off schedule more and more lately. So, for now, I’m going away. I might come back, if my interest or yours is renewed. Until such time as that arrives, however, I will not be posting any new fun facts to The Apocrypha.

Goodbye, stay safe, happy browsing, and most of all DFTBA.

-Wesley (kogan56)

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No Fun Fact Today

I’ll be back next week, just taking today off.

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Meta: Late Post Tonight

It’s about 6:40pm as I’m writing this and I just want to say that I just got back from Thanksgiving at home, have no idea what I’ll be posting about today, but it will more-than-likely be late.

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Metapost: New fun facts every Sunday

After some consideration, taking into account the amount of material I’d have to discuss otherwise and the amount of work I have, I’ve decided to set up a regular posting schedule. Every Sunday by 7:00pm Pacific Time (PDT is UTC-8, PST is UTC-7, for you time geeks. For the rest of you, Time Zones will be the next fun fact). Thanks for your support!

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Metapost: Work…

Sorry for not posting lately, but there are probably not going to be any posts until Thursday. Classes have me a bit bogged down, but I’m sure I’ll have more cool things to share with all of you.

DFTBA

-kogan56

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