News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in 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
PhysOrg.com 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.
- Top Nuclear Official Resigns Over Japan's Decision To Disobey Law And Subject Children To High Radiation
A top nuclear adviser resigns over Japan's failure to follow the law and instead allow children to be subjected to inhumanely high levels of radiation. The official accuses Japan of taking ad-hoc measures not in accordance to the law and resigned in a tearful protest stating there was no point in maintaining his post if his recommendations are not being followed.
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