Steve Smith: Mars - The Great Desert in 3D - EU2014

Martian areography tells a story of incredibly violent events. It appears from the many images sent to Earth that it once experienced powerful plasma discharges on a massive scale. Burned and blasted craters, piles of scorched dust covering almost an entire hemisphere, and great trenches that wend across its scarred face lead to the conclusion that lightning thousands or millions of times more energetic than known today devastated Mars.Steve Smith discussed some of the more unusual features on Mars, presumably caused by those cataclysmic upheavals. Red/blue anaglyph images will provide a unique perspective.Get your 3D glasses out for this presentation. You will be glad you did. Stephen Smith is the managing editor and principal writer for the Thunderbolts Picture of the Day (TPOD) fea… »

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Tokyo supermarket sells Fukushima tomatoes for 50% price of other origins

Tokyo supermarket sells Fukushima tomatoes for 50 percent price of other origins

A reader provided Fukushima Diary with a piece of information to let us know what is actually going-on in the supermarkets in Tokyo.

The picture sent shows a pack of 4 tomatoes sold as bargain.

The reader commented other tomatoes are from Ibaraki, Chiba and Tochigi etc..

Fukushima tomatoes were sold for 100 yen, where other tomatoes were sold for 200 yen though those are the same size.

Only 2 packs of Fukushima tomatoes remained in the shelf.

You read this now because we’ve been surviving until today.

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Fukushima prefecture “Contaminated beach sand can easily be washed off so it’s safe”

Radiation health risk advisor in Fukushima, Takamura commented on a local newspaper that contamination from beach is negligible because it can be washed off in shower.

(Article related to Takamura.. Fukushima local newspaper “Nosebleed in Fukushima prefecture has nothing to do with radiation” [URL])

Fukushima prefecture is planning to open all the swimming beaches and the lake beaches this July but specific radiation levels are not announced, nor sand is not tested.

(cf, Fukushima prefecture “All swimming beaches and 14 lake beaches safe enough ” / Radiation level not disclosed [URL 2])

(cf, Fukushima gov to open swimming beach / 94 Bq/Kg from sea floor, but don’t even check sand [URL 3])

For a question of a parent to ask if it’s safe to let children play in a pool, on the local newspaper, Fukushima Minpo, Takamura answered pool is totally safe. Beach sand and lake beach sand might be contaminated by Cesium-134/137 but they can wash all off by shower.

See also.. High schooler leukemia→School had students “clean” the swimming pool last summer [URL 4]

http://radiation7.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-4014.html

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Spent fuel pool of Reactor 5 suspended for coolant system failure / Tepco “We have 9 days to go”

On 7/6/2014, Tepco announced the coolant system of Reactor 5 had a leakage failure to stop cooling the spent fuel pool.

Reactor 5 is shut down with Reactor 6, however they still need to keep cooling down the reactors and the spent fuel pools.

(cf, Reactor5 and 6 officially shut down as of today [URL])

From Tepco’s statement, the troubled coolant system is a seawater pump of a nuclear reactor auxiliary machine cooling system, which is to exchange the heat with the direct coolant water. They found approx. 1.3 t of coolant seawater leaked in Reactor5 building.

At 13:10 of 7/6/2014, Tepco suspended the coolant system of the spent fuel pool of Reactor 5 in order to stop the leakage.

The leaking point was a hole of 3mm diameter flow regulating valve.

The pool temperature was 23℃ when suspended. Tepco states they still have 9 days until it reaches the safety limit of 65℃.

However, it is not clear how they are going to fix the leaking point. Tepco hasn’t announced their next measures after the 10th day.

http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1238797_5851.html

http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1238799_5851.html

http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/2014/1238800_5851.html

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