News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in April 2011

Radioactive news 29 April 2011

  • Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant recovering after losing power

    Crews are working to restore power to a nuclear plant in northern Alabama. The severe storms that cut across the Southeast Wednesday night also managed to knock out external power to three nuclear reactors at the Browns Ferry plant. Back-up generators kicked in, so nuclear regulators said the plant is safely in shutdown mode. The plant is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has declared it's lowest level emergency for the plant, classifying it as an unusual event. No radiation was released.

  • Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by University of Michigan researchers could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells. The researchers found a way to make an “optical battery,” said Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics and Applied Physics. In the process, they overturned a century-old tenet of physics...

  • Study Highlights Iodine Deficiency Problem

    The conventional view is that obesity is the result of eating too much and/or not being active enough. I don’t quite subscribe to this view myself, as I see body weight as the result of a complex interplay between a variety of factors including the form calories come in the diet and hormonal factors. One key hormone here is insulin – the chief hormone responsible for the accumulation of fat in the fat cells. Get insulin levels down and you have a pretty decent chance of losing weight. Other key hormones that play a part in body weight maintenance include those hormones secreted by the thyroid gland. The most plentiful thyroid hormone is thyroxine (also known as T4). Thyroxine, essentially, stimulates the metabolism.


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