Today in cleverly designed solutions to old problems: University of Bristol engineers have devised a “hundred-year battery” that could report the state of buried nuclear waste repositories wirelessly to the surface 100 years after it--and the sensors connected to it--is buried, sealed, and cemented into the ground.
At the end of this tunnel, which snakes as deep as 820 feet below the Hungarian countryside, lies a new long-term nuclear-waste facility, set to open in 2010. Located on the outskirts of the village of Bátaapáti, it will store more than 10.5 million gallons of low- and intermediate-level waste produced at the Paks nuclear power plant, which is 40 miles away. The waste consists of protective clothing and contaminated tools and materials from processing. It collectively accounts for 97 percent of the volume of radioactive waste from the plant.
Tallest building! Longest bridge! Fastest train! Behold, the next engineering marvels to dazzle the world.
By Carl HoffmanPosted 04.12.2004 at 1:00 pm 0 Comments
Give a kid a beach and he’ll MAKE a sandcastle; give a man a billion dollars and he’ll build the world’s tallest building. The urge to engineer big is elemental. “The same aspirations to celebrate and uplift the spirit that drove the Egyptians to build the pyramids are still driving us,” says Henry Petroski, a professor of history and civil engineering at Duke University and the author of To Engineer Is Human. “The things we’re doing differ only in magnitude.”