Stardust's payload holds first potential interstellar space particles

A team of scientists has been combing through the payload of NASA’s Stardust spacecraft since it returned to Earth in 2006. They found seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles, that most likely came from outside of our solar system. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust. Scientists caution that additional tests must be done before they can say definitively that these are pieces of debris from interstellar space. But if they are, the particles could help explain the origin and evolution of interstellar dust.The research report appears in the August 15 issue of the journal Science. Twelve other papers about the particles will appear next week in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science.Michael… »

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New Fukushima Worker Testimony Describes Suicide Mission To Vent Unit 1

Kyodo News is running a series of articles based on some of the official testimony of Fukushima Daiichi workers. These workers tell important details TEPCO didn’t always disclose along with their personal stories of battling the disaster.
Some of the more disturbing and new revelations include efforts to vent unit 1 by workers at the plant on March 12 as the disaster began to worsen. Hideyoshi Endo, a shift supervisor was one of the workers who took on the dangerous mission to vent unit 1 as it began to melt down and go over pressure.
“Endo and another member of the team then went downstairs to a room housing a doughnut-shaped suppression chamber at the bottom of the reactor’s containment vessel. They heard a series of large bangs in the dark — a type of noise Endo had never heard before. The radiation meter went back and forth between 900 and 1,000 millisieverts …

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Environmental disaster for years to come - Massive breach of toxic waste pond at Mount Polley Mine, Canada

A dam at a waste pond on Mount Polley Mine in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, full of toxic heavy metals burst on August 4, 2014, releasing 10 million cubic meters of wastewater and 5 million cubic meters of toxic slurry into Hazeltine Creek, Quesnel Lake and Polley Lake. The magnitude of this huge environmental disaster became painfully apparent this week, but the full extent of the damage may remain unknown for years or even decadest to come.Nearby residents have been issued a complete water ban several days after the breach, however, the government mostly lifted it this week believing the spill won’t have a significant impact on people or aquatic life. Environmentalists strongly disagree with this while min… »

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Humans Need Not Apply

In this video CGP Grey discusses pros and cons of automation and the impact it will have on human employment. Explaining automation as a tool to produce abundance for little effort and its inevitability the author warns we need to prepare for the time when large sections of population become unemployable. Discuss this video on Reddit CGP Grey homepageVideo courtesy of CGP Grey … »

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Charcoal in kettle turned to be rainbow-colored in Tokyo- Photos

Charcoal in kettle turned to be rainbow-colored in Tokyo- Photos

A Japanese citizen posted on an internet forum that the person’s charcoal put in kettle became rainbow-colored.

The charcoal was used to purify tapwater in kettle. The location was in Tokyo.

The posting date was 2/23/2012. The person said the charcoal was used for 3 months, but it became rainbow-colored sooner and sooner.

It is assumed that the charcoal absorbed something in tapwater however radiation level and nuclide analysis were not posted.

Related article.. Radioactive density in tapwater higher in Tokyo than Miyagi in first quarter of 2014 [URL]

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