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Japan Fires Up Nuclear Power Again, But Can It Ever Be Safe Enough?

After two years without any nuclear power in response to the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis, Japan has restarted its first reactor, Sendai 1.

New 'Scorpion' Robot Will Inspect Fukushima Reactor

When the 2011 earthquake in Japan damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant, teams scrambled to find a robot that could go where humans couldn’t. In many ways those robots failed, and ever since, there has been a focus on creating robots that can get the job done. Enter Toshiba’s “Scorpion” robot, which will make its way inside the power plant this August.

The Best Way To Map Radiation? Bento Boxes Stuffed With Geiger Counters

Back in 2011, a team of volunteers crammed Geiger counters into bento-shaped boxes to map the radiation following the Fukushima meltdown. It turned into the biggest collection of radiation data in history. Next up: tackling air pollution.

This Huge Wind Turbine Floating On Water Is Fukushima's Energy Solution

A mere 20km from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will soon sit a 190m, 1360-tonne windmill atop a 4500-tonne podium. It will be the biggest floating wind turbine on Earth, and it could usher in a new age of green energy for a region largely fed up with nuclear energy.

This Is How Robots Are Mapping Radiation At Fukushima

Deep within the abandoned shell of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, it’s too dangerous for humans to investigate — so it’s being inspected by robots instead.

The Fukushima Cleanup Wasted Half A Billion Dollars On Bad Technology

The cleanup of Fukushima’s leaking nuclear plant has been long, expensive, and plagued with problems. Now, the AP reports an auditor has found that more than a third of the budget for cleanup was wasted — totalling hundreds of millions of dollars.

Fukushima Is Teaching Us How Radioactivity Spreads

After the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, scientists began a massive effort to monitor radioactive contamination of food grown nearby. And one good thing did come out of it — we learned how radioactivity moves through the ecosystem.

The Latest Fukushima Leak Was Unreported For Almost A Year

More reports, more mystery leaks, more questions about how little we really know about the incredible complexity of cleaning up a broken nuclear plant.

Crippled Fukushima Plant Just Leaked Radiation 70 Times What Is Normal

Fukushima is Japan’s radiation nightmare that just won’t go away. Ever since March 2011, the damaged plant has been riddled with leaks and cleanup setbacks. Now Tepco, the operator of the damaged facility, says they have recorded spikes between 50-70 times above average readings in the gutters that pour water into a nearby bay.

Take A Tour Of The Most Radioactive Places On Earth

People do some pretty dumb things for YouTube videos. Derek Muller does them for the sake of science, though. The host of Veritasium, a YouTube channel about science, recently visited the most radioactive places on Earth for a TV show about how Uranium and radioactivity affected the modern world. And he lived to tell about it.

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