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One Year After Fukushima, Radiation Adviser Shunichi Yamashita Attempts to Assuage a Shaken Public

One Year After Fukushima, Radiation Adviser Shunichi Yamashita Attempts to Assuage a Shaken Public

One year after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan to its core, all eyes are turned to radiation risk management adviser Shunichi Yamashita. Yamashita, the son of a Nagasaki atomic bomb

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South Korea’s Smart Meter Program to Eliminate Need for New Nuclear Reactor by 2016

South Korea’s Smart Meter Program to Eliminate Need for New Nuclear Reactor by 2016

In the wake of Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, residents of South Korea are understandably reticent to back plans for any expansion of nuclear power; instead the state-run utility company, Korea

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San Onofre Nuclear Plant Shutdown Raises Radioactivity Concerns at World Class Surf Spot

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Shutdown Raises Radioactivity Concerns at World Class Surf Spot

Late last month a radiation leak was discovered at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Diego County, California. It was found that radiation was leaking out of a faulty hose and into

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Japanese Levitating House System Could Protect Homes From Earthquakes

Japanese Levitating House System Could Protect Homes From Earthquakes

We've seen quite a few creative examples of disaster-resistant architecture here at Inhabitat - from houses that rise up atop flood waters to an elastic iron alloy designed to sway with an earthquake.

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The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK

The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK

The world's oldest nuclear power plant was just switched offline today in the UK after 44 years of operation. The Oldbury Power Station was the world's first commercial nuclear operation, however it has

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Toyota to Unveil FT-Bh Super Mini Hybrid Concept at Geneva Motor Show

Toyota to Unveil FT-Bh Super Mini Hybrid Concept at Geneva Motor Show

Toyota is set to unveil a new super mini hybrid concept, the FT-Bh, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on March 6th. According to Toyota, the new hybrid concept has about the same interior room as the Toyota

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Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan

Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan

Japan looks set to see a new floating wind farm built off the coast of Fukushima, according to a number of recent news reports. Trading company Marubeni plans to develop the wind farm, and the process is

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The Fukushima Emergency Project Is a Pop-Up Shelter Providing Housing Relief for Disaster Victims

The Fukushima Emergency Project Is a Pop-Up Shelter Providing Housing Relief for Disaster Victims

Learning from the issues that arose in the aftermath of the Fukushima blast in Japan over one year ago, students at the Architecture School of Bordeaux have developed the Fukushima Emergency Project -- a

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Telesar V is a Groundbreaking Telexistance Robot

Telesar V is a Groundbreaking Telexistance Robot

The groundbreaking Telexitstance Robot Telesar V from researchers at Japan's Keio University could bring us a step closer to a real out of body experience. The creators of Telesar V claim that the robot

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Critics Say Japan’s Cleanup of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is Disorderly & Ineffective

Critics Say Japan’s Cleanup of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is Disorderly & Ineffective

As the government in Japan continues to lead the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster response, many people in Japan say the government's efforts are misguided. Critics of the government and nuclear experts

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Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A newly released study from the Breakthrough Institute shows a clear indication on how dependent Japan has been on nuclear power. First the good news: after the devastating earthquake and resulting

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First New Nuclear Reactors in the U.S. in 30 Years Get the Green Light Near Atlanta

First New Nuclear Reactors in the U.S. in 30 Years Get the Green Light Near Atlanta

The Southern Company just got a thumbs up from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to move forward on construction of the nation's first new nuclear reactors in 30 years. The dueling reactors

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Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Soars to 45 Degrees Celsius as Crisis Awakes

Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Soars to 45 Degrees Celsius as Crisis Awakes

Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis was one of the most severe environmental disasters of the past year - and now it appears that it's far from over, as the temperature at reactor number 2

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New Generation of Radioactive Waste-Consuming Nuclear Reactors Could Power UK for 500 Years

New Generation of Radioactive Waste-Consuming Nuclear Reactors Could Power UK for 500 Years

Nations around the world are abandoning nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, however the UK is considering plans to launch a new generation of reactors by GE Hitachi that recycle

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Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japanese Textile Mills Are Back in Action After Tsunami-Earthquake Disaster

Japan has suffered through 2011's devastating tsunami and earthquake and in the wake of the clean-up, the country wants to be clear - their legendary textile mills have made a comeback.  Fukushima

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Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Advisors in Japan Say Post-Disaster Nuclear Checks are “Insufficient”

Despite the rush to get reactors back online and convince the public that Japan’s nuclear power generation facilities are safe, an advisor says the current checks of nuclear reactors in the country

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Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Japanese Homes and Business Sold 2,150 Gigawatt-Hours of Solar Energy Back to the Grid in 2011

Small businesses and homeowners in Japan sold an amazing 2,150 gigawatt hours of solar energy back to utilities last year - a figure that shows a fifty percent increase since 2010. The surge in solar is

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Google Earth Reveals Glowing Green Sea Near Scottish Nuclear Power Plant 

Google Earth Reveals Glowing Green Sea Near Scottish Nuclear Power Plant 

2011 was not a good year for nuclear power - we saw Japan shaken by the Fukushima disaster, solar power became cheaper for the first time, and three-eyed fish were found near a nuclear plant in Argentina.

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Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Following last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings can be added

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Scientist Blames James Bond Villains For Nuclear Power’s Lack Of Support

Scientist Blames James Bond Villains For Nuclear Power’s Lack Of Support

How many times have you seen a film where the bad guy's plan involves the detonation of some form of nuclear weapon? Hundreds of times, right? In fact, that is the motive of the bad guy in the latest

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Official Doomsday Clock Moves One Minute Closer to End of World Due to Climate Change, Nuclear Proliferation

Official Doomsday Clock Moves One Minute Closer to End of World Due to Climate Change, Nuclear Proliferation

A well-known group of scientists decided yesterday that Earth's doomsday is now one minute closer due to global inaction on climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear disaster. The decision was made

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Japan May Nationalize Its Nuclear Power Plants

Japan May Nationalize Its Nuclear Power Plants

Japan's Yomiuri newspaper has reported that the Japanese government is looking to nationalize the nation's nuclear power plants. Trade and industry minister Yukio Edano announced the still unfinalized

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India Announces Plans to Produce 33.4 Gigawatts of Solar Energy by 2022

India Announces Plans to Produce 33.4 Gigawatts of Solar Energy by 2022

As the world's second-most populous country and a growing global power, India would do well to think about its energy future, and it seems to be doing just that - according to a report by Bridge to

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Activists Claim 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan

Activists Claim 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan

Within weeks of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the EPA reported that radiation levels in their specialized air, water, and milk monitoring systems had slightly

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Japan Announces Official “Cold Shutdown” of Damaged Reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan Announces Official “Cold Shutdown” of Damaged Reactors at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

As we predicted yesterday, government officials in Japan voted today on whether to declare a “cold shutdown” of the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

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Japan Set to Declare Fukushima Reactors Under Control, Experts are Wary

Japan Set to Declare Fukushima Reactors Under Control, Experts are Wary

The Japanese government is expected to announce this week that they've regained full control of the three damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was hit earlier this year by a

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Harvard Researchers Create Flexible Squid-Inspired Robot For Delicate Tasks

Harvard Researchers Create Flexible Squid-Inspired Robot For Delicate Tasks

Rigid and clunky robots may soon be relegated to the past, as a robotics team from Harvard University just created an ambidextrous automation using flexible polymers. The innovative flexible

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Researchers Developing Cyborg Insects that Draw Energy From Their Own Wings

Researchers Developing Cyborg Insects that Draw Energy From Their Own Wings

Researchers at the University of Michigan are currently working on a line of cyborg insects that would use the energy generated from their own wing motion to power sensors installed in tiny insect

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Happy Thanksgiving 2011 from Inhabitat!

Happy Thanksgiving 2011 from Inhabitat!

Happy Thanksgiving! Can you believe that another Thanksgiving is here at last? As we pause to reflect upon the past year in green design it's clear that we have a lot to be thankful for - we've seen

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Irreversible Climate Change Will Occur in 5 Years if Major Infrastructure is Not Changed

Irreversible Climate Change Will Occur in 5 Years if Major Infrastructure is Not Changed

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the world is currently backing itself into a corner where irreversible climate change will most likely occur in just five years. The Agency -- an

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