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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.


Murders, Tsunamis, Bus Singing: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Why were so many people shot in Chicago last weekend? Does today’s earthquake in Japan mean another Fukushima meltdown? And why does Winnipeg want to fine people $US100 for singing in public? These are the questions we address in this week’s edition of What’s Ruining Our Cities.


How Scientists Will Look Inside Fukushima's Radioactive Cores

The inside of Fukushima’s three busted reactor cores are a big mess. It’s basically just hundreds of tons of very, very, very radioactive materials like uranium, plutonium and caesium. Workers want to clean it up, but they have a problem. It’s so dangerous, they can’t peek inside, much less go inside.


Fukushima's Giant Ice Wall Can't Get Cold Enough To Freeze

Remember how Japan decided to build that crazy ice wall to contain the Fukushima nuclear plant’s radioactive water leaks? Well, its construction is behind schedule — because its engineers can’t achieve temperatures low enough to freeze the ice.