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Ten Japanese Nuclear Plants Apply to Restart Reactors

Ten Japanese Nuclear Plants Apply to Restart Reactors

Almost two and a half years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese nuclear plant operators are asking to reinstate nuclear power in the country. With 48 of the country’s 50 reactors offline

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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

Southern California Edison just announced plans to permanently close the San Onofre nuclear power plant after a 16-month battle over whether or not to restore its twin reactors. Facing political

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Monkey Light Pro Lets You Download and Animate Your Own Bike Wheel Display

Monkey Light Pro Lets You Download and Animate Your Own Bike Wheel Display

Technology has brought bike accessories way past the classic bell-and-handlebar-streamer setup. Monkey Light Pro enables you download and display your own LED animations. The kit consists of four pieces

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Photo via Shutterstock One of the greatest challenges facing the nuclear power industry is the question of what to do with the dangerous radioactive waste it creates. California-based Kurion, Inc.

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Hurricane Sandy Highlights the Dangers of Nuclear Energy

Hurricane Sandy Highlights the Dangers of Nuclear Energy

Photo via Shutterstock This morning, officials announced that New Jersey's Oyster Creek nuclear plant is no longer on alert. The alert was brought on by quickly rising water levels, which posed a

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DIY: How to Transform a Defunct XBOX 360 Into a Lush Indoor Planter

DIY: How to Transform a Defunct XBOX 360 Into a Lush Indoor Planter

Stuck with a broken videogame console? Why not convert it into a planter? When Curly Productions moved into a new set of offices, they wanted some quirky objects to bring it to life. It just so happened

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Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

Study Shows that Nuclear Power Plants in Europe are Not Ready for Disaster

The Fukushima disaster following the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was an eye-opening event that caused many to wonder just how safe nuclear power is. Thanks to a new study commissioned as a result of

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New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

A new study has found that 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors in various parts of the world are at high risk from tsunamis like the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan in March

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Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Japanese Government Backs Down on Commitment to End Nuclear Power by 2030

Nuclear Power Plant photo from Shutterstock Just a few days after Japanese officials issued a statement that the country plans to end nuclear power usage by 2030, the government has suggested that such

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Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Today the government of Japan announced plans to completely abolish nuclear power by as soon as 2030.  The declaration was spurred by last year’s Fukushima disaster, which caused officials to

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Bill Gates Teams Up With Korea to Develop Revolutionary “Cleaner” Nuclear Reactors

Bill Gates Teams Up With Korea to Develop Revolutionary “Cleaner” Nuclear Reactors

Bill Gates photo from Shutterstock Human beings have an amazing capacity for selective memory. Just over a year ago, Japan suffered through a massive nuclear fallout, the consequences of which are

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Flexible Robot Meshworm Can Inch its Way Into the Tightest Spaces

Flexible Robot Meshworm Can Inch its Way Into the Tightest Spaces

Taking inspiration from the creepy crawly movements of the earthworm, scientists at MIT have developed a high-tech robot that can squeeze its way into virtually any space. Called the Meshworm, the wire

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South Korea To Restart Old, Faulty Nuclear Reactor Despite Protests

South Korea To Restart Old, Faulty Nuclear Reactor Despite Protests

It seems many countries in Asia are making dramatic U-turns when it comes to nuclear energy. News just broke that South Korea is about to restart Kori-1, the country's oldest nuclear reactor, after a

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