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Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Japan Plans Controlled Nuclear Meltdown in Hope of Averting Another Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the government-backed Japan Atomic Energy Agency recently announced that they intend to conduct a controlled nuclear meltdown in order to learn how to prevent

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Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

 Photo © Shutterstock A recent Reuters report reveals that a black labor market run by Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, has been using taxpayer funds to clean up radioactive fallout in northern Japan.

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Fear Of Radiation Exposure Prompts High Tech Underwear In Japan

Fear Of Radiation Exposure Prompts High Tech Underwear In Japan

In case you haven't noticed, the situation in Fukushima is still pretty bad. Radiation contamination still flows from the damaged nuclear plant, and despite early claims that humans weren't in danger,

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Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

The Fukushima nuclear power plant remains a toxic disaster more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami struck coastal Japan. While damages to local residents and the environment are still being

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Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

As if the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant weren't bad enough, we now have news that six clean-up workers were exposed to radioactive water when a pipe was mistakenly disconnected.

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Japan Shuts Down its Last Running Nuclear Reactor

Japan Shuts Down its Last Running Nuclear Reactor

Image © Shutterstock The Japanese government just shut down the only nuclear reactor in the country that was still up and running after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Kansai Electric Power Co's Ohi No.4

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Japanese Government Pledges $470 Million for Fukushima Ice Wall and Other Cleanup

Japanese Government Pledges $470 Million for Fukushima Ice Wall and Other Cleanup

Recent revelations that the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has been gushing radioactive water into the ocean have forced the Japanese government to step in amid concerns that the plant's

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Honda Develops New Robot to Survey Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Honda Develops New Robot to Survey Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Late last year, electronics company Hitachi unveiled a large, 2.5-ton robot to help clean up the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged in the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Now Honda has

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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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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 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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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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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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Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany Sets New Solar Record By Meeting Nearly Half of Country’s Weekend Power Demand

Germany fed a whopping 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour into the national grid last weekend, setting a new record by meeting nearly half of the country's weekend power demand. After the Fukushima

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Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Residents of Japan may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced that radiation levels in most of the country are “below cancer-causing

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Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Japan to Shut Down Last Operating Nuclear Reactor on May 6th

Nuclear Power Station image from Shutterstock For the first time in a generation, Japan is set to go nuclear-free next month. Nuclear energy has suffered a serious blow to its public image since the

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Radiation from Fukushima Disaster Found in California Kelp

Radiation from Fukushima Disaster Found in California Kelp

Kelp Leaves photo from Shutterstock Ghost ships aren't the only remnants of Japan's March 2011 tsunami that are washing up on the shores of North America. Cal State Long Beach marine biologists

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Japan to Reopen Area Around Fukushima, Home to 16,000 Evacuees

Japan to Reopen Area Around Fukushima, Home to 16,000 Evacuees

The Japanese government has relaxed restrictions imposed on some of the towns impacted by last years Fukushima nuclear disaster. The towns of Kawauchi and Tamura were largely reopened to residents on

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Reactor at Fukushima Confirmed to Have Fatally High Levels of Radiation

Reactor at Fukushima Confirmed to Have Fatally High Levels of Radiation

The most recent inspection of the No. 2 Nuclear Reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has cast doubts on government claims of the reactor's stability. A probe found radiation levels 10 times the fatal

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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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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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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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Scientists Developing Fuel Cell that Generates Power While Cleaning Nuclear Waste

Scientists Developing Fuel Cell that Generates Power While Cleaning Nuclear Waste

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have isolated and explained the phenomenon that causes microbes to generate electricity while cleaning up nuclear waste. The team is hoping to use their

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Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Earlier this year, the Japanese government considered a bill that would require renewable energy to be integrated into the consumer energy grid. Initially proposed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the

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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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Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Escalates, Helicopters Dump Water on Crippled Fukushima Plant

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Escalates, Helicopters Dump Water on Crippled Fukushima Plant

Military helicopters drop water on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in hopes of cooling the troubled reactors.

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Exactly How Bad is the Nuclear Crisis in Japan? Experts Disagree on the Severity

Exactly How Bad is the Nuclear Crisis in Japan? Experts Disagree on the Severity

While nuclear energy experts disagree on just how bad the current state is at Japan's stricken nuclear plants, there is one thing that they are all certain of: the situation could get worse.

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Radiation Fears Escalated by Continuing Problems at Japanese Nuclear Plant

Radiation Fears Escalated by Continuing Problems at Japanese Nuclear Plant

A third blast and fire at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station increase the risk of a full blown nuclear meltdown in Japan.

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Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Worsens, Radioactive Releases Could Last Months

Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Worsens, Radioactive Releases Could Last Months

As Japan's nuclear crisis worsens, nuclear energy policies around the world come under scrutiny.

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