Fukushima

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The Shadow Of Chernobyl Looms Large 30 Years Later

Thirty years on from the world's worst nuclear accident, millions of people are still living with radioactive fallout from Chernobyl. In contaminated areas, radiation touches every aspect of people's lives: it's in the food they eat, the milk they drink, and in the schools, parks and playgrounds their children play in. The human toll of reactor accidents is why nuclear power may never gain widespread acceptance, no matter how much the industry tries to reassure us that risks are low.
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Citizen Scientists Are Digging in and Getting Results

Science, too, is now in the hands of citizens around the world. From the ocean depths to the outer reaches of distant galaxies, and from projects run out of home garages to research platforms with over a million volunteer contributors, science has never been more accessible to the average person.
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The Environment Needs Citizen Scientists

Smartphones, the Internet and accessible research technologies deinstitutionalize science and get the inner scientist in all of us outside to contribute to a broader understanding of a variety of topics, from backyard birds to flower-blooming times. Science relies on observation. As more people examine natural phenomena and record and share information, we gain better understanding of the world. An increasing number of scientific inquiries now depend on contributions from ordinary people to help them answer important questions.
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Return To Fukushima

TOMIOKA, Japan - Whenever Kazuhiro Onuki goes home, to his real home that is, the 66-year-old former librarian dons protective gear from head to toe and hangs a dosimeter around his neck.Grass grows w...
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Town Wants All Of Fukushima's Children

MATSUMOTO, Japan - A generation ago, Dr. Akira Sugenoya performed lifesaving cancer surgery on more than 100 children after the 1986 Chornobyl catastrophe. Today, as mayor of a northeastern Japanese c...
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Just Another Day In Hell

TOKYO - Another day, another radioactive-water spill. The operator of the meltdown-plagued Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says at least 430 litres (110 gallons) spilled when workers overfilled a sto...
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Olympics, Anyone?

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Three days ahead of the vote to choose the host of the 2020 Olympics, bid officials for Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid were forced to fend off criticism over various aspects of t...
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A Bold New Plan

TOKYO - The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it is funding a costly, untested subterranean ice wall in a desperate step to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear...
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Forget Me Yet?

Tokyo Electric Power Company workers have detected high levels of radiation in a ditch that flows into the ocean from a leaking tank at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan's nuclear wa...
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Post-Fukushima, Are Japan's Fish Safe to Eat?

A year and a half after Fukushima and contamination levels in nearby fish are not declining as should be expected, reports marine chemist Dr. Ken Buesseler in an article appearing tomorrow in Science magazine. We need to know why, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute scientist has been saying publicly for months now.
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Japan, 1 Year On

Japan stopped on Sunday to remember the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation a year ago, killing just over 19,000 people and unleashing the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter c...