Drone With ‘Minuscule’ Quantity of Radiation Found on Japan PM’s Office Roof

By Broc West

via reuters.com / April 22, 2015 / A drone marked with a radioactive sign was found on the roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office on Wednesday and media said it tested positive for a “minuscule” amount of radiation. The radiation was so low it was not harmful to humans, media quoted police as saying. Public broadcaster NHK said the bomb squad was called in to take away the … Continue reading

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Pumps At Fukushima Plant Halted, Toxic Water Leaking Into Ocean – TEPCO

By Broc West

via RT.com / April 21, 2015 / All the eight water transfer pumps (pictured) at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power station have been shut down due to a power outage, leading to a leak of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, the plant’s operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) reported a power outage on Tuesday, according to Kyodo news agency. It follows the line of the toxic leaks that … Continue reading

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Two Malfunctioning Robots Are Now Stuck Inside Fukushima Reactor

By Broc West

via Gizmodo.com / April 22, 2015 / The dangerous and unenviable task of cleaning up the Fukushima reactor has hit its latest snag: Two snake-like reconnaissance bots had to be abandoned inside the reactor—after one got stuck and another’s camera was damaged by radiation. The Fukushima cleanup relies almost entirely on robots because radiation levels inside the reactor are still too dangerous for humans. TEPCO, the company managing the efforts, … Continue reading

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Thick atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan fluctuates with Sun's cycle

Saturn’s moon Titan is the only moon in the solar system that has an atmosphere as thick as Earth’s, consisting of more than 98 percent nitrogen, roughly 1.4 percent of methane, and smaller amounts of other gases. NASA’s Cassini satellite has been circling Saturn since 2004, witnessing more than one-third of its 29-year orbit around the Sun, allowing it to observe the changing of the seasons. However, a new study finds that the seasons are not the only thing changing Titan’s atmosphere: its chemical makeup fluctuates according to the Sun’s 11-year cycle of magnetic activity.

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