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The Quake: The Reactors: A Status Report

CNN has an overview of what we know –and don’t know– about the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Status report: Reactor-by-reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant – CNN.com

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Radiation’s Most Immediate Effect: Panic Buying

A top Japanese official urged residents of the nation’s capital not to hoard bottled water Wednesday after Tokyo’s government found that radioactive material in tap water had exceeded the limit considered safe for infants. “We have to consider Miyagi and … Continue reading

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The Quake: Reactors Still Far From Stable

Time is now on the side of the engineers struggling to regain control of the reactors at the Fukishima complex. But that hardly means they can relax. Or WE can relax. Technicians working inside an evacuation zone around the stricken plant … Continue reading

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More Radiation Panic

As I predicted: more people are going to be hurt by iodine than by radiation. I really really should be selling placebos. (Or red wine. See this post) As workers struggle to contain the fallout from the crippled nuclear plant in … Continue reading

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The Quake: Finally, Some Good News from the Reactor

Workers are close to restoring power to cooling systems at a quake-hit Japanese nuclear power plant, officials say. Engineers connected a cable through which they hope to supply electricity to part of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. BBC News – Japan: … Continue reading

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Can Red Wine Protect You From Radiation?

Skip The Iodine, Pass the Zinfandel According to the latest research, red wine – along with its many other claimed benefits – may also protect you from radiation exposure. A team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have … Continue reading

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The Quake: Japan May Have to Bury Those Reactors

So far, the only good news coming from the reactor disaster has been the restoration of power to the plant, which would help cool the reactors and keep the pools of spent fuel rods cool. Science Daily says these efforts … Continue reading

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About That Plutonium in Reactor #3

The genie trying to get out of this particular bottle is a very nasty genie indeed. Reactor #3 at Fukushima Daiichi is fueled by rods with 6% plutonium, obtained from spent fuel rods. (This is recycling we could do without.) It’s … Continue reading

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Japan Acknowledges Greater Threat Level at Nuclear Plant

So far, I do not see any significant developments in the situation. This seems to be a political move, in response to international criticism. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised the level for the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi … Continue reading

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Will Radiation from Japan Reach the US?

No. Well, not enough to hurt, yet just enough to set off panic buying. Ground level releases of radioactivity are typically not able to be transported long distances in significant quantities, since much of the material settles to the ground … Continue reading

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