Good to know you can maybe get around to that…eventually

By: Monday August 11, 2014 1:30 am

When it comes to the Fukushima reactor, it is comforting to know that TEPCO, the company running the thing always gets back to you…eventually.


Monday Science, Fukushima Update

By: Monday August 4, 2014 4:13 pm

Fukushima Update:

They’ve discovered an “island” of debris from the Tsunami off the coast of Calif. It’s hot, of course, about 300x normal but not in the danger zone. You wouldn’t want the crap on a beach near you, though.

And it’s not the only place things are piling up. Canada’s government is only slightly less in denial about the risks demonstrated by Fukushima, they’re pretty heavily in the nuke industry’s pocket as well.

Monday Science and Fukushima Update

By: Monday July 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Fukushima Update:

Another scientist moves off the reservation: We must do radiation testing of people outside Fukushima prefecture. Government official: “I don’t want to discuss the issue.” They then proceed to “analyze” the data based on their intentionally flawed methodology, which has the effect of wildly underestimating the actual impact. Though in their defense, we really don’t know what the impact of this kind of radiation exposure is. But we will.

Monday Science, Fukushima Update

By: Monday June 30, 2014 6:30 pm

The Ice Wall that was supposed to solve all their problems with water still won’t freeze. This may be for the best, as we don’t know exactly how much cooling of the corium the groundwater was accomplishing. Potentially more than the water being pumped into the reactors.

Some hope to locate the corium via muon scanning. This should work, IF Tepco lets it happen.

Late Night: Night Cappin’ With Shahid Buttar’s NSA vs USA, and more

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 8:00 pm

Hodges and podges from around the interwebs., starting with Shahid Buttar’s catchy NSA vs USA dance track.

Fukushima’s Children Are Dying

By: Saturday June 14, 2014 12:30 pm

Physicians for Social Responsibility and the German International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War have issued a ten-point rebuttal to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) report, warning the public of the UN’s compromised credibility. The disaster is “ongoing” say the groups, and must be monitored for decades. “Things could have turned for the worse” if winds had been blowing toward Tokyo rather than out to sea (and towards America).

Over Easy: Monday Science

By: Monday June 9, 2014 6:45 am

Fukushima update:

Strontium reaches 500 Billion Bq/m3 in the basements at Fuku. The basement water is leaking into the ocean at a rate of at least 200 tons per day. Strontium accumulates in the body anyplace where calcium might go, like bones or breast mike. It’ll start accumulating up the food chain.

SNAFUkushima: Updating Meltdowns

By: Saturday May 31, 2014 7:59 am

Radioactive water has flowed from the Fukushima complex into the Pacific Ocean continuously since March 11, 2011. The flow rate varies, most likely, but no one knows what the rate is and there is no reliable system in place to measure the flow. There is also no reliable system in place to measure the intensity of the radiation, which also most likely varies.

Monday Science

By: Monday May 19, 2014 6:30 pm

NASA has built a flying saucer! Actually, it’s a landing saucer and intended to test soft landing techniques for future missions.

An experiment to create matter from light. Theoretically possible, but nobody until now has come up with a way to test the theory.

Silly putty (remember that stuff?) makes better LiON batteries!

Monday Science

By: Monday May 12, 2014 12:30 pm

Fukushima Update:

Tepco underestimated Cs-137 released by 150%. What a shock. Odds are that underestimation is consistent through all their estimates. Same study estimate the North American exposure at 400TBq.

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