Every few minutes a new headline pops up about how Japan is inching closer and closer to a total nuclear disaster. “Meltdown!” and “Hail Mary!” are appearing in headlines meant to describe the efforts of the Japanese to control and rebuild following the earthquake. And why is the media only focusing on the reactor explosion when there are so many other stories they could be covering on Japan? Glenn discussed how the media was completely guessing on the facts during radio this morning.

“So Stu’s been trying to explain this to me for a while and I’m just trying to get my arms around it. They’re dumping water from a helicopter, scooping it up out of seat and dumping it on the containment facility,” Glenn said on radio.

Stu explained, “Yes, because one of the alternate ways to cool it is not to cool the actual nuclear material but to put water outside of the containment facility. So you are essentially cooling the containment facility from the outside.”

Neither Glenn nor Stu seemed convinced that, with all the barriers between the outside and the nuclear material, that dumping water that far out would have much of an effect. Nevertheless, Glenn said this was an actual MIT professor.

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