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Our Worst Fears Realized: Fukushima Radiation Leakage On Par With Chernobyl

Our Worst Fears Realized: Fukushima Radiation Leakage On Par With Chernobyl

After more than a month of battling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, Tokyo Electric and Power announced today that radiation leakage is likely to exceed Chernobyl levels. The utility

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Quince Robot Can Explore Fukushima Nuclear Site Controlled from Over a Mile Away

Quince Robot Can Explore Fukushima Nuclear Site Controlled from Over a Mile Away

In order to protect workers from radiation exposure at the Fukishima Daichi Plant, Japan has now developed another rescue robot, called “Quince,” so assist in the cleanup. Authorities have already

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Researchers Say Garbage Island of Japan Tsunami Debris Will Reach Hawaii Beaches in One Year

Researchers Say Garbage Island of Japan Tsunami Debris Will Reach Hawaii Beaches in One Year

As if the numerous earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear meltdowns in Japan weren’t bad enough, the resulting debris from the March 11th tsunami is now heading for Hawaii, and eventually to the West Coast

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Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

Docomo Builds Gigantic Wooden Rube Goldberg Xylophone in the Forest

NTT Docomo‘s new advertisement for the TOUCH WOOD smart phone features a delightful wooden xylophone in the forest and is an uplifting departure from other images coming out of Japan. TOUCH WOOD cell

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Diaper-Like Material Fails To Plug Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima

Diaper-Like Material Fails To Plug Radioactive Water Leak at Fukushima

Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency announced that special diaper-like absorbent materials deployed to block a leaking pipe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have not worked. After

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Four Unstable Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Will Be Shut Down Permanently

Four Unstable Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Will Be Shut Down Permanently

Tokyo Electric Power Co. -- or TEPCO as it is commonly known -- has said that it is likely to completely shut down the four unstable nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant that were damaged

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Molo Unveils Special Edition Japan Relief “Heartfelt” Hobo Totebag Lantern

Molo Unveils Special Edition Japan Relief “Heartfelt” Hobo Totebag Lantern

Our friends over at molo recently released their portable Hobo Lanterns to much fanfare and we just got news that the interior design duo has now unveiled a special edition version of the tote-shaped LED

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Fukushima Nuclear Core Melts Through Containment Vessel, Radiation Levels Skyrocket

Fukushima Nuclear Core Melts Through Containment Vessel, Radiation Levels Skyrocket

In a futile attempt to save Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant from meltdown, workers have been feverishly pumping water into the reactors, but one radioactive core has overheated and melted.  The

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Japan Sends “Monirobo” Robot into Nuclear Plant to Keep Workers Out of Danger

Japan Sends “Monirobo” Robot into Nuclear Plant to Keep Workers Out of Danger

Japan has a new worker to help measure and test the radiation at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant - and it happens to be a robot named Monirobo. Short for “Monitoring Robot,” the robot can safely

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13 Ways You Can Help Japan That Take Less Than a Minute of Your Time

13 Ways You Can Help Japan That Take Less Than a Minute of Your Time

Image by Jennifer Chong We know that there are already a ton of resources out there listing ways you can help Japan recover from the horrific events that have happened and are still happening there.

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VIDEO: Cameron Sinclair Talks About How Architecture For Humanity Can Help Japan

VIDEO: Cameron Sinclair Talks About How Architecture For Humanity Can Help Japan

There's a long road to recovery for the people of Japan, and much still needs to be done to quell the chaos from the earthquake and tsunami. Architecture For Humanity, which is now in 10th year of

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Mobile And Retractable OS Solar Power System Is Ideal For Emergency Situations

Mobile And Retractable OS Solar Power System Is Ideal For Emergency Situations

OS recently exhibited their amazing retractable solar power system at the recent PV Expo 2011 in Japan. The GSR 110B delivers 40 watts on the spot with a combined solar and battery backup system.

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Following Nuclear Plant Shutdown, Japan Initiates Month-Long Power Cuts

Following Nuclear Plant Shutdown, Japan Initiates Month-Long Power Cuts

Photo: DVIDSHUB After shutting down several power plants following an earthquake last week that was upgraded to 9.0 on the Richter scale, Japan's utility has announced plans to initiate a schedule

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Japan Disaster to Seriously Disrupt World’s Electronics Production

Japan Disaster to Seriously Disrupt World’s Electronics Production

Photo © smemon87 Consumer electronics made in Japan are set to become very expensive or even entirely unavailable as manufacturers struggle to cope with the tsunami's aftermath. While most plants have

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Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

We're pretty impressed with Google this morning. In the wake of the horrendous earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit Japan earlier today, the search engine could be sitting around working on their

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Herzog & De Meuron To Turn A Hong Kong Jail Into Flashy New Contemporary Art Space

Herzog & De Meuron To Turn A Hong Kong Jail Into Flashy New Contemporary Art Space

Apparently crime is down in Hong Kong, because the historical district is trying to figure out what to do with the disused Central Police Station. Architecture giants Herzog and De Meuron in collaboration

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Shuhei Endo’s Out of This World “Bubbletecture H” Building

Shuhei Endo’s Out of This World “Bubbletecture H” Building

When Japanese architect Endo Shuhei adds another delectable design to his repertoire, you can expect a project title just as incredible as the structure itself. He names each of his projects by letter and

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Japan to Build World’s Fastest Train: A 310MPH Maglev Monster

Japan to Build World’s Fastest Train: A 310MPH Maglev Monster

China and Japan have been constantly trying to outdo each other when it comes to high-speed rail. Now, the Central Japan Railway Company has announced that it plans to build the world's fastest train. The

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Japanese Space Agency to Use Fishing Nets to Scoop Up Space Junk

Japanese Space Agency to Use Fishing Nets to Scoop Up Space Junk

In a fascinating use of time-tested technology to address uniquely modern problems, Japanese space agency JAXA is teaming up with Japanese fishing net maker Nitto Seimo to haul in some of the 100,000-plus

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Living Green Curtain Made of Morning Glories

Living Green Curtain Made of Morning Glories

If you're in the market for green curtains you could certainly buy some made of organic cotton, but we recently saw an option on Tokyo Green Space that seems a lot cooler. This living curtain is made of

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Sliding Walls Transform This Tokyo House Into an Office

Sliding Walls Transform This Tokyo House Into an Office

Transforming multi-purpose furniture is a key design element for small space living, so clever tricks were employed to turn this tiny apartment into an efficient office. The largest room of the apartment

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Nissan Unveils New Ultra-Compact Electric Vehicle Concept

Nissan Unveils New Ultra-Compact Electric Vehicle Concept

Forget the upcoming Leaf EV -- Nissan has other snazzy electric vehicles waiting in the concept phase. The latest is the New Mobility Concept, a golf cart-like EV that is, according to Nissan, easy,

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Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan

The tiny urban home features a total floor area of 75 sq meters (807 sq ft) and is composed of two volumes -- the gate house and the main house. The gate house is a slim, two-story volume located adjacent

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Grass Coated Green-Roofed Parking Garage Concept for Tokyo

Grass Coated Green-Roofed Parking Garage Concept for Tokyo

The two-story parking garage would take the place of a ground level parking lot, thus doubling the amount of available parking. Cheungvogl estimates that infrastructural investment to build the garage

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Futuristic Floating City is an Ecotopia at Sea

Futuristic Floating City is an Ecotopia at Sea

Futuristic floating cities seek to provide a solution to many of our environmental problems, like rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and dwindling resources. Recently Japanese building firm

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Amazing Mineral House is a Multi-Faceted Micro Home in Japan

Amazing Mineral House is a Multi-Faceted Micro Home in Japan

Compared to other micro homes in Japan, this three-story, 474 sq ft home could actually be considered quite accommodating. For much of the Western world however, it is still small by comparison. It's a

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Green-Roofed University Building in Japan Serves Double Duty

Green-Roofed University Building in Japan Serves Double Duty

Bakoko's design for Kyoai Gukuen University aims to eliminate the loss of important recreational space on the university campus by lifting the green space up and creating a building below to support it.

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Japan Announces World’s First Solar-Powered Public Bus

Japan Announces World’s First Solar-Powered Public Bus

On September 1, the world's first solar cell-equipped public bus will hit the streets of Okayama City in Southern Japan. The Sanyo-designed bus is a hybrid diesel-electric vehicle whose rooftop solar

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Japanese Reversible Destiny Lofts Cheat Death by Design

Japanese Reversible Destiny Lofts Cheat Death by Design

Located in the Mikata area of Tokyo, the off-kilter lofts look more like a McDonald's playground than residences meant for elderly adults. Much like the very popular Nintendo DS game "Brain Age," each

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ACROS: A Giant Japanese Pyramid Blanketed in Green Grass

ACROS: A Giant Japanese Pyramid Blanketed in Green Grass

ACROS is a surprising building in more ways than one. If you were approaching the building from one side, all you would see is a typical, glass-walled office building. When Emilio Ambasz & Associates

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