Pat Shingleton: "A Man Made Tsunami and Frozen Atoms..."
Another Hard Freeze Warning is posted for tonight and Wednesday with Winter Weather Advisories and Wind Chill Alerts in place. Not temperatures, years ago, scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology successfully captured the coldest temperature ever recorded. They cooled sodium gas to one-half-billionth a degree above absolute zero, which turns out to be -459.69 degrees Fahrenheit. The event appeared in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Science has proven that at absolute zero, no further cooling is possible and virtually all motion stops as the cold removes all energy from particles. At this extreme temperature not only are atoms unable to be stored in containers, there are no containers that can handle that type of cold. By using a "gravito-magnetic trap" the atoms were stored through a process whereby magnetic fields and gravitational forces combined to confine the atoms. Today, this research offers valuable information on the actions of cold atoms. From the cold to waves...“Project Seal” was a top-secret operation between the United States and New Zealand. The Telegraph reports that filmmaker Ray Waru uncovered the secret operation while researching buried military files in the national archives. The project involved testing a “tsunami bomb” during World War II. Military experts decided that the flooding of coastal Japanese cities was a second option to the atomic bomb. The plan included detonating a series of ten offshore blasts designed to create a 33-foot tsunami capable of flooding a city. In 1944, blasting operations were ordered to clear coral reefs in the Pacific and a naval officer recognized the large waves produced by the operations. The plan was shelved when experts concluded that a successful mission would necessitate detonating a four million pounder five miles offshore.