Into Eternity (NC)
Friday 12 November 2010
Try getting your head around this. The Onkalo facility on the west coast of Finland has been designed to keep safe spent nuclear fuel – for the next 100,000 years.
That's longer even than Joan Collins could survive. Michael Madsen's documentary is not an environmental hand-wringer but a quietly philosophical meditation on time and infinity. When you consider the tiny span of humankind's existence thus far, the idea of making safety provisions for a future we may not even be around for is, well, mind-boggling. The various engineers and scientists interviewed about the facility sound quite stoical, though they too are mostly whistling in the dark.
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- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
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