#AtoZChallenge: April 24, 2013 ~ Uranium

 You are the most fatal chemical element found on earth, only preceded by plutonium, the byproduct (“waste”) of nuclear reactors.  In nature you are mostly the stable isotope Uranium-238, but your brother, Uranium-235, is much sought after by the sorcerers of nuclear fission since it “only” requires low-energy neutrons to trigger the chain reaction. Nuclear … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 24, 2013 ~ Uranium

Cryptonomicon: Das Messer sitzt mir an der Kehle…

 ...The knife is at my throat... As Günter Bischoff, the best U-Boat skipper of the Kriegsmarine, lies dying, in 1945, in the hull of his submarine, off the shore of Manilla, he reflects on what could have been: "...It was a nice conspiracy while it lasted..." Cryptonomicon, published in 1999, is Neal Stephenson's second triumphal novel, … Continue reading Cryptonomicon: Das Messer sitzt mir an der Kehle…

#AtoZChallenge: April 24 – U is for “Ultra”

“Ultra was the designation adopted by British military intelligence in June 1941 for wartime signals intelligence obtained by breaking high-level encrypted enemy radio and teleprinter communications at the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park.” The deciphering of messages generated by the enemy’s Enigma machines for land and naval forces was, by all accounts, … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 24 – U is for “Ultra”