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SolRo - 2018-07-13

People that got to go to MIT are some of few people I envy

Nominal - 2018-07-14

So how safe is it to sport that giant foot long goatee working in a machine shop?

Raggamuffin - 2018-07-14

Pretty sure that's part of the standard machine shop uniform

Slumgullion - 2018-07-14

dude that's his science hair

Gmork - 2018-07-14

I mean, you can put a beard bib on.

TeenerTot - 2018-07-14

Thanks for posting this. It was really neat!

Old_Zircon - 2018-07-14

This thing is why nobody could never get decent cell phone reception in that neighborhood.

Gypsy_Dildo_Factory - 2018-07-15

I've been at the one in the identical containment dome at UMASS Lowell a bunch of times, once for a job involving radiation tests and later when I took classes there in reactor operations and Nuc eng. The difference is the 1MWthermal core in Lowell is in an open pool and you can watch it, whereas the 2MWth at MIT is a Boiling Water Reactor. So in Lowell you can go in and they turn the lights off because it glows pretty, also with a bunch of Cobalt-60 at the bottom of the pool on the other side.

Gypsy_Dildo_Factory - 2018-07-16

An incident happened in Cambridge where one of the 2 operators went outside through the airlock to perhaps make a phone call o smoke. It was at 3AM IIRC and the operator inside dozed off, meaning the one outside could not get back in. As a result they had to shut down for maybe 4 days while there was a perfunctory investigation and report.

In these few days they were offline I was riding down Mass Ave and noticed 2 guys coming out through the gate in the fence around the reactor's plot of land. and I spontaneously reflexively veered and leaped off my bike to ask if they worked there [etc,] an exuberant geek having been learning all this stuff --but even to just say hi, talk to these operators there whether they wanted to meet me or not-- I. made.. their. choice..--
...Every time I think about that I wonder how taken aback or surprised or amused and easily suspicious these two peoples were that some freak on a bicycle just homed in on them as they emerged out on the sidewalk, before they closed the chain-link gate after themselves, kind of crazy like I did, with a terrible DIY haircut I remember-- and wonder if they thought after that maybe I was trying to psych them out while generating content to write in a story for some blog, or as if possibly myself or other students at my less prestigious university were making fun of the lock-out incident. Somewhere at the very back of my mind I was aware it was of operative importance to these people presently. I assure myself it was no big deal and all on the level, a passing moment.

Other research reactors I know of are very low key, always sub-critical and are not a big installation with airlocks into a vacuum containment building with all its systems, test facilities and a control room/sci-fi command center. The MIT one looks perfect outside with its brick smokestack next to the dome which is painted sky-blue. The Lowell one is all metal, white.

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