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San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles

As Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster demonstrated, no nuclear plant is ever completely safe. In January 2012, the San Onofre nuclear generating station (SONGS) in Southern California was closed due to

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Cleaning Up The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Take Over 40 Years

Cleaning Up The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Take Over 40 Years

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently announced that Japan may need more than 40 years to decommission the Fukushima power plant. The head of the IAEA clean up team, Juan

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New Leak at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Raises Yet More Safety Concerns

New Leak at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Raises Yet More Safety Concerns

Efforts to repair damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant in Japan suffered yet another setback on Sunday when workers found a small leak in pipes leading from the facility's cooling pools. Last

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Up to 120 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak from Fukushima Daiichi Storage Tank

Up to 120 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak from Fukushima Daiichi Storage Tank

Tens of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked from an underground storage tank at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant this past Saturday. It is still uncertain how much water has reached

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Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Many of the survivor stories we have heard from the 2011 earthquake and and Fukushima disaster in Japan involve worrying levels of radiation - but now we have a happy fish tale to tell. A small fishing

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Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Photo via Shutterstock After reaching record levels of production in 2012, the world's wind power capacity is projected to grow to reach 300,000 MW by the end of 2013. With major projects announced in

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Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

A little over two years since a devastating earthquake struck Japan and triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Google has collaborated with the town of Namie-machi, which sits inside the

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Fukushima Cooling System May Have Been Knocked Offline by a Rat

Fukushima Cooling System May Have Been Knocked Offline by a Rat

When a partial power outage caused the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to fail earlier this week, concerns were renewed as to the vulnerability of the now infamous power

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Toyo Ito Awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize!

Toyo Ito Awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize!

The Pritzker Prize jury, which included Lord Peter Palumbo, an internationally known architectural patron of London, and renowned architects Glenn Murcutt, Yung Ho Chang, Juhani Pallasmaa and Alejandro

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Former TEPCO Executive Builds a Solar-Agriculture Park Near Fukushima

Former TEPCO Executive Builds a Solar-Agriculture Park Near Fukushima

Former Tepco executive Eiju Hangai, who quit the company a few months before the 2011 devastating tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, has built a solar agricultural park near the power plant. The

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Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

It's been two years since the deadly earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan, destroying homes and triggering a nuclear disaster. Although the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent deluge killed thousands

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MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency

MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency

Last year, we reported that MIT's cheetah robot broke the speed record for four-legged robots by running at 18mph. Now, MIT researchers say that their robotic version of the wild cat may soon outpace its

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Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Photo via Shutterstock Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that Japan plans to begin restarting its idled nuclear plants later this year. All 50 of Japan's nuclear reactors were taken

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WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima

WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima

The 2011 Fukushima disaster was incredibly devastating, but the event's full impact may not be realized for years to come. According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, people living

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Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

Photo via Shutterstock Wind energy has surpassed nuclear power to become the third largest energy source in China. The country's Wind capacity has grown rapidly over the years, and in 2012 China's wind

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Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Photo via Shutterstock Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm near Fukushima as part of plans to reconstruct the area

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Argo Unveils Improved ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 Exoskeleton That Enables Paraplegics to Walk Again

Argo Unveils Improved ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 Exoskeleton That Enables Paraplegics to Walk Again

Argo Medical Technologies just unveiled a new generation of the ReWalk exoskeleton, a device that enables people with spinal cord injuries to sit, stand and walk. The ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 is a

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Fish Caught Near Fukushima Shows Record Radiation Level 2,500 Times Above Safety Standards

Fish Caught Near Fukushima Shows Record Radiation Level 2,500 Times Above Safety Standards

A fish caught in the waters near Fukushima Daiichi's main reactor on Friday had over 2,500 times the legal limit of radioactivity for human consumption. Caught by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO),

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Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium is set to construct an artificial island in the North Sea that will be used solely as storage for wind energy. Announcing the plans earlier this week, Belgium's North Sea minister Johan Lanotte

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Takashi Homma Photographs Radioactive Mushrooms from Forests Near Fukushima

Takashi Homma Photographs Radioactive Mushrooms from Forests Near Fukushima

Homma is not generally known for still life or nature photographs - he's made his living by taking to the streets and documenting urban scenes in Japan. But the presence of these radioactive forest

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New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to cleaning up radioactive materials after a spill, scientists need to get pretty creative. From robots to bacteria, anything that will remove dangerous radiation

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Japan Reverses Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Power, Pledges to Turn On Dormant Reactors

Japan Reverses Decision to Eliminate Nuclear Power, Pledges to Turn On Dormant Reactors

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, countries around the world questioned the value of nuclear power - and Japan, reeling from the impact, vowed to become nuclear-free by 2040. Now, with the tragedy

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Shell Oil Rig Carrying 143,000 Gallons of Diesel Runs Aground In Alaska

Shell Oil Rig Carrying 143,000 Gallons of Diesel Runs Aground In Alaska

A Shell drill ship carrying around 143,000 gallons of diesel ran aground off the coast of Alaska on Monday night. The ship, Kulluk, hit rocks near Kodiak Island at approximately 9 p.m. local time on

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Hilda Hellstrom Crafts Radioactive Pottery With Soil From Fukushima

Hilda Hellstrom Crafts Radioactive Pottery With Soil From Fukushima

Working with The Foreign Correspondence Club Japan, Hellstrom learned of Naoto Matsumura, a native of the Fukushima area. Refusing to leave the affected zone near the Daiji power plant, Matsumura is the

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Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US sailors have filed a lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) that owns the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami struck in March, 2011.

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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster in Northeast Japan could have been avoided, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) admitted at a recent conference in Tokyo. A parliamentary inquiry found that bad habits

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Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Robots venture where humans fear to tread. The ASTACO-SoRa developed by Hitachi is destined to roll into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant next year to clean up radioactive and toxic rubble. The

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Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan May Scrap Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant Built On Active Seismic Fault

Japan is located in a seismically and volcanically active part of the world - which is why the country's decision to build nuclear power plants has always been so controversial. As the Fukushima incident

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Toshiba Develops Tetrapod Robot to Enter Dangerous Disaster Sites Unreachable by Humans

Toshiba Develops Tetrapod Robot to Enter Dangerous Disaster Sites Unreachable by Humans

During Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, emergency workers were often unable to get close to the site due to high levels of radiation. In order to combat this challenge in the future, the Toshiba

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