SCUM [Going Nuclear]
Get your iodine pills ready, because the latest Scum update is going nuclear. Literally, that's what it's called: Going Nuclear, and it adds modular base building, farming, a nuclear power plant POI, radiation, modular vehicles and more. It's a pretty substantial update, so get your yellow hazmat suits ready, because we're going in.
SCUM [Going Nuclear]
To start, the nuclear power plant POI is a dangerous new area with both seen and unseen dangers, and some high tier rewards if you're brave enough. There will be different radiation zones within the power plant that vary in intensity, ranging from 60 Sv/h to 0.1 Sv/h at the edge of the zone. To prevent exposure, you'll need to wear a hazmat suit and not consume anything found within the power plant, which seems obvious, but I guess some players will still try it. With millions of copies sold, there'll be at least one intriguing individual who decides to eat something within the power plant, if only to see what happens.
Anticipation is one hell of a drug. Back when internet access was a luxury rather than an assumption, music consumers were familiar with a certain sensation that surfaced after the announcement that their favorite band had hit the studio. Release dates meant something-- you marked a date on a calendar, circled it in red, and let the excitement and dread build. But we've become accustomed to a constant stream of content-- new albums every year, an EP every six months, a tour-only 7" here, a digital compilation there-- all stuffed down the feeding tube and shoehorned into our RSS feeds. (The wait is over; it never really had a chance to begin.) At this point, it's almost pleasant when a band chooses to buck the trend and follow its own pace, pouring as much time and effort as they see fit into the creation of a record. Their fans are given a taste of actual anticipation, and unless we're talking a washed-up 1980s buttrock reunion album or a flaccid slice of warmed-over nü metal, odds are it's going to taste that much sweeter once they're finally able to sink their fangs into it.
The ICBM test on March 24 that broke North Korea's four-year moratorium on big weapons tests was an embarrassment to South Korea's liberal President Moon Jae-in, who has pushed hard to achieve greater reconciliation between the countries and find a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear crisis.
During a visit to the country's strategic missile command on Friday, South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook said that South Korea has the ability and readiness to launch precision strikes on North Korea if it detects the North intends to fire missiles at South Korea. Seoul has long maintained such a preemptive attack strategy to cope with North Korea's growing missile and nuclear threats, but it was highly unusual for a senior Seoul official under the Moon administration to publicly discuss it.
"The senseless and scum-like guy dare mention a 'preemptive strike' at a nuclear weapons state," Kim Yo Jong said in a statement carried by state media. "South Korea may face a serious threat owing to the reckless remarks made by its defense minister."
Relations between the Koreas briefly flourished in 2018 after North Korea abruptly reached out to South Korea and the United States and expressed its willingness to put its nuclear program on the bargaining table. At the time, Kim Yo Jong visited South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and conveyed her brother's invitation for Moon to visit the North. Kim Jong Un and Moon eventually met three times in 2018.
But North Korea turned a colder shoulder on Moon and cut off ties with South Korea after its broader nuclear diplomacy with the United States collapsed in 2019 due to disputes over U.S.-led economic sanctions on the North.
"Kim Yo Jong's remarks foreshadow another significant military test," said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul. "Similar to how Moscow and Beijing try to gaslight the world that Russia's invasion of Ukraine is somehow the fault of NATO, Pyongyang will blame its nuclear and missile advancements on the U.S.-South Korea alliance."
The United States has urged North Korea to return to talks without preconditions, but the North has rejected such an overture saying the U.S. must first drop its hostility toward it. Kim Jong Un has repeatedly vowed to expand his nuclear arsenal as a diplomatic stalemate with Washington continues.
Some experts say the North's recent missile tests were meant to perfect its weapons technology, boost its leverage in future negotiations with the U.S. and secure stronger internal loyalty. They say North Korea could soon conduct another ICBM launch, a launch of a satellite-carrying rocket or a test of a nuclear device in coming weeks.
Seoul has long maintained such a pre-emptive military strategy to cope with North Korea's growing missile and nuclear threats, but it was still very unusual for a senior Seoul official under president Moon Jae-in's administration to publicly discuss it.
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Scum, by the definition of the word, is a surface phenomenon. For any kind of process tank relying on gravity to settle out suspended solids (SS), the presence of floating scum is therefore a potential problem, as it clearly defies the main operating principle.
Grease and fats come predominantly from food manufacturing and constitute most of the solids rising to the surface of the primary tanks. This scum formation occurs as the solids decay, producing ammonia and nitrogen, which brings them to the top.
Conventionally, the specified piece of equipment for dealing with scum and floating sludge is either the box and scraper type, which relies on the scraper to pull the scum up a ramp and into a hopper, or a cylindrical device that partially rotates in order to draw off scum through a longitudinal slot.
Unfortunately when the level of grease contamination is high, the scum bridges across the slot or box and the quantity of water taken in with the solids is insufficient to carry it into the receiving wells. The lines also become caked with scum and for several years at Knostrop, the lines have periodically required clearing, using a high-pressure water jet to relieve blockages.
Other difficulties can arise when solids build up to the extent that they spill over the scum board, or are forced underneath it. Residues then flow over the weirs and into the biological filters, leading to downstream contamination and maintenance problems.
Prior to the trial, the engineering contractor had looked at the possibility of using other mechanical scum removers, without testing them in-situ. However, two weeks into a trial period of nine months, MJ Gleeson engineers were confident the SCUDA should be installed on the remaining primary tanks. Consequently, the last in a total of 17 units has just been installed at Knostrop.
The idea was at a very early stage of development when we put the first one into use. Nevertheless the results were pretty remarkable. The visible aspect of the problem, that is the scum, was removed but monitoring the plant performance before and after installation showed that it had a measurable effect on the water quality. We saw a 19% fall in suspended solids in the primary tank effluent and a corresponding 24% fall in the final effluent discharged from the humus tanks.
The hopper dips to a level just below the surface, pre-set by an adjustable probe. Water then flushes into the hopper and exits through a flexible hose to the normal scum discharge pipework. Any scum or floating sludge pushed to the hopper by the bridge scraper is carried off in the flow of water.
The dipping sequence can be programmed at the control panel, which also has facilities for telemetry monitoring. Sequence control allows the cycle to be optimised, according to the nature of the scum. For example, the hopper and downstream pipes can be primed, or wetted by flushing with water before the bridge scraper approaches. This assists the removal of sticky scum during the main dip, which typically lasts for ten seconds. At Knostrop the hopper dips for a third time, after the scraper passes, giving the system a further rinse with water to minimise any likelihood of clogging.
When it comes to solar power, storing electricity as fuel would let that energy work on dark or stormy days. The challenge is creating a catalyst that can push the reactions to produce a fuel, such as hydrogen, and later break the fuel to release the energy. Mother Nature does this every day in tiny microorganisms, such as those that make up pond scum. These enzymes work in both directions, reversibly, at room temperature and pressure without added energy.
After a period of diplomatic limbo and uncertainty in July, China brokered the first round of six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue during this quarter. North Korea used the late August multilateral talks to rattle its nuclear saber and otherwise threaten the U.S. On the margins of the general meeting, North Korean diplomats met bilaterally with U.S. officials, but their discussion did not foster any apparent progress. The main achievement of the talks was a tentative, as yet unconfirmed, agreement to meet for a second negotiating round in the fall.
South Korea focused in the pre-meeting diplomacy on lowering expectations. Various foreign policy and national security advisers stressed the difficulty of resolving the nuclear issue and the fact that the late August meeting was only the beginning of a long diplomatic effort. South Korean diplomats argued, in effect, that simply establishing an ongoing negotiating process to address the nuclear issue and related concerns was a success in itself.
According to news reports, North Korea used this bilateral meeting to warn the U.S. delegates that it might test a nuclear weapon to demonstrate its military capabilities and to become a declared nuclear weapons state. During the plenary session of the second day of multilateral talks, Pyongyang made the same threat to the assembled delegates. 041b061a72