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Fukushima Could Make Japan a Leader in Nuclear Cleanup Tech

The idea that a nuclear disaster could actually drive innovation is definitely a new way to look at Japan's ongoing Fukushima debacle. But a new report from the AP does just that, suggesting that the long-term cleanup effort that Japan now faces will make it a world leader in decommissioning nuclear plants. Read More >>

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Japan to Intentionally Send Nuclear Fuel Rod Into Meltdown

Japan's Atomic Energy Agency will, at some point after this coming April, deliberately send a nuclear fuel rod into a full-blown meltdown. What could possibly go wrong? Read More >>

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Brave People Are Building Futuristic Farms on Japan's Radioactive Soil

What does radioactive salad taste like? How about rice sprinkled with nuclear fallout? Well, if you're truly curious, consider taking your next vacation in Fukushima, where some intrepid farmers have begun the daunting task of farming the region's tainted soil. Read More >>

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Radioactive Mystery Steam Over Fukushima Could Mean Another Meltdown

The newest update in the comedy of errors highly disconcerting series of devastating failures that is the Fukushima cleanup effort is troubling to say the least. Tepco has confirmed that "unexplained plumes of radioactive steam" have been rising from the mangled remains of Reactor Building 3. In other words, Fukushima could be in the middle of another meltdown. Read More >>

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Fresh Fish! Sliced and Diced! Tested for Radioactivity

Hundreds of pounds of freshly caught fish are express-mailed to a building in the small town of Onjuku, Japan, everyday. There, a team quickly slices and dices the fish into fillets. But this is no kitchen, and the fresh fish are definitely not for consumption. Read More >>

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Japan's £600m Plan to Store its Contaminated Fukushima Dirt

As the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has passed, Japan is faced with another conundrum: Where to store thousands of tonnes of radioactive soil that have been harvested from around the region. This week, officials unveiled a £600 million plan to build a massive storage facility to house the stuff. Read More >>

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The Fukushima Earthquake Actually Changed Earth's Gravity

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake, which caused the tsunami behind the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, disrupted more than man-made structures. The European Space Agency's GOCE satellite measured a significant change in Earth's gravity after the earthquake before falling out of the sky on November 11th. Read More >>

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Radiation-Proof Underwear Should Be On Every Survivalist's Christmas Wish-List

Radiation poisoning is serious, life-ending stuff, and it's a danger that looms ominously over the clean-up crews at the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster site. It can be pretty brutal. So, naturally, people are looking to protect their sensitive, private parts. Read More >>

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Six Fukushima Workers Accidentally Doused Themselves in Toxic Water

In case you weren't already concerned enough about the wacky (re: highly dangerous) antics going over at the Fukushima power plant, maybe this will do the trick. Six workers attempting to clean up the increasingly unruly mess have accidentally doused themselves with highly radioactive water. Read More >>

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Spacey Fukushima Worker Pushes Wrong Button, Almost Causes Meltdown

It's another week and another chance for TEPCO to embarrass itself at the beleaguered Fukushima power plant. Sometime on Monday morning, the cooling pump for the reactors shut down suddenly. It must've been some mechanical failure or some freak accident, right? Nah. Some worker just pushed the off button by mistake, according to the Nuclear Regulation Authority. Read More >>

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Fukushima Has Been Leaking Radioactive Water into the Pacific (Again)

Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have announced that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean again. Read More >>

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Japanese Government Will Bankroll a Giant Ice Wall at Fukushima

After weeks of deliberation, the Japanese government has finally intervened in the increasingly desperate situation at Fukushima. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a £300 million plan to contain the leaking radioactive water at the nuclear power plant by building a giant wall of ice underground. And guess who's going to pay for it (hint: not TEPCO). Read More >>

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Fukushima's Leaking Radioactive Water into the Ocean After All

Well over two years after the Tōhuku earthquake and tsunami, TEPCO officials admit that radioactive groundwater has been leaking into the nearby ocean for, well, two years. Read More >>

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Google Street View Just Added Haunting Panoramas From the Fukushima Exclusion Zone

It's been almost two years since the disaster at Fukushima, but the surrounding area is still off-limits, and will continue to be for who knows how long. The town Namie-machi has been vacant since its evacuation on March 11, 2011, and now Google's uploaded Street View images of the eerie, hollow shell that remains. Read More >>

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Fukushima's Latest Near Disaster Was Caused By a Hungry Rat

While there's no doubt that the nuclear crisis in Fukushima back in 2011 could have been avoided, a recent discovery suggests that this week's extended blackout was entirely out of their of hands. Instead, the loss of power lies in the diabolical paws of a now deceased, foresight-lacking rat. Read More >>

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Japan Mulls Nixing Nukes in Favour of Farming Wind

Japan has quite had its fill of nuclear power, thank you very much. As the country rebuilds from the devastating 2011 tsunami and subsequent Daiichi power plant disaster, it's looking toward alternate energy sources. Good call, minna-san. Read More >>

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