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Toshiba Introduces Robot Able To Withstand High Radiation
2012-11-22 11:57:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Toshiba developed a robot it claims is able to withstand high radiation, making it capable of working in nuclear disaster sites such as those at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The new Japanese robot has four legs, and is capable of climbing over debris and venturing into radiated areas off-limits to humans. Toshiba said that the robot's wireless network is still able to be controlled in high radiation. While the advancement...

Fishing Off Fukushima For Answers
2012-10-26 12:56:09

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Japan fisheries data provides a look at how the ocean is faring 18 months after the worst accidental release of radiation to the ocean in history Japan's "triple disaster," as it has become known, began on March 11, 2011, and remains unprecedented in its scope and complexity. To understand the lingering effects and potential public health implications of that chain of events, scientists are turning to a diverse and widespread sentinel in the world's...

Japan Faces Power Outages, Residents Urged To Conserve Energy
2012-05-20 05:06:00

A Japanese government panel warned that there could be power outages this summer if three Japanese utilities do not get much needed energy from nuclear reactors that have been on shutdown since the Fukushima crisis more than a year ago. Of the three, Kansai Electric Power Co. could face the biggest shortage of 14.9 percent, as it is the most reliant on nuclear power, the panel reported on May 12. In face of the potential power shortages, Japan is urging businesses and residences to cut...

Japan-Nuclear-Reactor
2012-05-06 07:11:37

For the first time in four decades, Japan will be without nuclear power, as the last of its 50 reactors was shut down Saturday for what is being called routine maintenance, various media outlets have reported. According to BBC News reports, operations at the third reactor at the Tomari plant in Hokkaido prefecture was scheduled to have ceased by 14:00 GMT (2:00pm Eastern). That means that for the first time in over 40 years, a country which up until last year had received 30% of its...

2012-03-02 12:49:36

One year after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011, an independent investigation panel has highlighted the country's failures in disaster planning and crisis management for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The article, out now in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, shows that agencies were thoroughly unprepared for the cascading nuclear disaster, following a tsunami that should have been anticipated. The Rebuild Japan...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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