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Fukuglue

cover the leaking Fukushima nuclear power plant's reactor with glue
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Covering the reactor with glue would mean that any future explosion, which could otherwise release large amounts of radioactive dust, with the potential to spread thousands of miles, will now send forth clumps of sticky particles.

Although just as deadly, they won't go far, and if the glue was stained with a bright colour, they could be more easily avoided or over time collected.

There are many glues which would be suitable for this purpose, but Evo-stick, stained a fluorescent bright blue or green would be my choice.

xenzag, Mar 18 2011

Baked http://www.japanpro...d-of-radioactivity/
Bright blue resin. [EdZ, Apr 10 2011]

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       There's substances that are more fun than glue, such as marshmallow that would create ambivalence during and explosion.
rcarty, Mar 18 2011
  

       I remember an episode of McGuyver where the eponymous hero averted a serious industrial accident by plugging a leaking tank of toxic (possibly nuclear) waste with chocolate that he happened to have in his bag.   

       Considering the amount of glue necessary to cover a reinforced contrete building the size of an office tower, maybe a method of bulking it up could be employed - like foaming it up or something. Ideally, you want to capture any particles generated by an explosion, or at the very least, slow them down so they don't disperse so far - and a foamy mass might do this - though considering the size and difficulty of the area to be covered - it's a tall order.   

       [edit] later annos taken out after consideration.
zen_tom, Mar 18 2011
  

       I agree, but anything's better than hundreds of tons of pulverised micro particles going everywhere.
xenzag, Mar 18 2011
  

       custard anyone?
po, Mar 18 2011
  

       Can't be anything edible or animals and insects will ingest it.
xenzag, Mar 18 2011
  

       Sand. Lots of sand. Easy to come by. This was my proposed solution for Chernobyl back when as well.
RayfordSteele, Mar 18 2011
  

       //custard anyone?// The local semi-equivalent would likely be tofu.   

       Or better yet, natto. (I mean, you wouldn't say "Ewww, my natto has toxic radioactive waste in it!", but you *might* say "Ewww, my plutonium has natto in it!")
lurch, Mar 18 2011
  

       Whoever said "foam" - sounds like a goodish idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 18 2011
  

       My "real" prediction is that a large part of Fukushima will end up having to be permanently contained under a concrete and lead layered sarcophagus, much like that of Chernobyl.   

       This is of course after the glue has been put in place as an interim measure.
xenzag, Mar 18 2011
  

       //an episode of McGuyver where the eponymous hero averted a serious industrial accident by plugging a leaking tank of toxic (possibly nuclear) waste with chocolate that he happened to have in his bag// The tank contained acid, which reacted with the sugar in the chocolate to release an insoluble carbon precipitate, blocking the leak and preventing contamination of an aquifer and removing the need for the army to cauterise the underground facility with missiles or flood it with sodium hydroxide, killing MacGyver and his pretty assistant but saving the nearby town. The chocolate he had taken from a smashed vending machine earlier, just in case. Yeah yeah, I need to get a life.
spidermother, Apr 09 2011
  

       So not Fuk-u-glue, the glue you use on some-one who has really pissed you off?
neutrinos_shadow, Apr 11 2011
  
      
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