Monday, April 4, 2011

The Power of Paper

An article in the The Telegraph today states:

"Japanese workers battling to stop a radioactive water leak into the Pacific from the beleaguered nuclear power plant have resorted to using newspaper and sawdust to try and block the pipes."

"TEPCO workers were using a polymer mixed with shredded paper and sawdust to try to close off pipes through which the water has flowed into a cracked concrete pit at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, from where it has run into the sea. An earlier attempt to seal the crack with cement failed to stop the leak."

So there you have it: nuclear engineers agree that shredded paper is superior to cement! This should be of encouragement to all you paper mache artists out there. Let us all hope that a giant, radioactive, paper mache monster doesn't emerge from the sea.

Origami image from Glennz Tees

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