Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news November 2011

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 28th – October 31st, 2011


  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 28th – October 31st, 2011

    Here’s the latest of our news bulletins from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    State of Nuclear Politics in Japan

    Over 80% of Japan’s nuclear reactors are now out of service, a number that is expected to increase to 100% by next spring. The majority of the reactors were stopped for routine safety inspections, but have not been restarted because of safety concerns raised by residents

    webmasters comment:

    Greenpeace is to busy furnishing their new boat to be following the worst nuclear disaster properly. Wondering if Japan government paid for it.

    Source: greenpeace.org


 

Recipients of Organ Transplants at Increased Risk For Broad Range of Cancers


  • Recipients of Organ Transplants at Increased Risk For Broad Range of Cancers

    Patients who have received a solid organ transplant, such as kidney, liver, heart or lung, have an overall cancer risk that is double that of the general population, with an increased risk for many different types of malignancies, according to a study in the November 2 issue of JAMA

    Source: medicalxpress.com


 

New material to pave way for battery-free cardiac pacemaker


  • New material to pave way for battery-free cardiac pacemaker

    OSAKA -- Researchers have developed a new material that can generate power after being embedded in a human body and absorbing light from outside, paving the way for a battery-free cardiac pacemaker.

    The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, succeeded in developing the new material and is seeking to put the technology into practical use.

    Currently, pacemaker users need to replace lithium-ion batteries in the equipment once every several years by undergoing surgery. The new material will relieve patients of such a hassle as it can generate power in itself by converting light from outside into heat and eventually electricity.

    webmasters comment:

    Integrating flora and fauna with tech is something that is going to be common in the future. Fancy to plug your laptop into a tree?

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


   

From BSE to oil spills: politicians and media stunts


  • From BSE to oil spills: politicians and media stunts

    Drinking a glass of water from Fukushima power plant is not the first – and is unlikely to be the last – in a string of such political stunts over the years, many of which failed to have happy endings.

    Yasuhiro Sonoda appeared to be following in the footsteps of Japan’s former prime minister Naoto Kan and his then-chief government spokesman Yukio Edano with his water drinking antics.

    Earlier this year, as public concerns surrounding food contamination safety reached fever pitch in Japan, Mr Kan and Mr Edano both made a point of publicly eating food produced in Fukushima, home to the power plant.

    Source: telegraph.co.uk


 

Chernobyl residents share the pain of Fukushima


  • Chernobyl residents share the pain of Fukushima

    According to the Ukrainian government, 168 villages disappeared due to the effects of the Chernobyl disaster and the wide-scale evacuations.

    Notices carrying the names of those villages stand in the city's central plaza in alphabetical order. The notices were completed this spring, which marked the 25th anniversary of the accident.

    The key facilities of the government organizations for such work as radiation monitoring and ecological surveys are located in the city.

    As decontamination work has been intensively conducted in the city, city officials have been allowed to stay there. At present, they spend about half a month at a time in dormitories in the city.

    Source: ajw.asahi.com


 

Gov't releases map of radioactive tellurium-129m contamination around nuke plant



 

Japan near ready to loosen beef import limits: report


  • Japan near ready to loosen beef import limits: report

    The raised ceiling is "believed to reflect Tokyo's intention to adhere more strictly to scientific grounds and to seek to ease restrictions imposed by many countries on Japanese farm products over fears of radioactive contamination in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis" in March, Kyodo said.

    webmasters comment:

    no matter what country you are from, you need to be cautious of any trade agreements that your government might be doing with Japan at this moment, since easing restrictions usually goes both ways.

    Source: albertafarmexpress.ca


 

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