In 2011, the need to understand radioactivity glared at us with more urgency than ever, in the face of the Fukushima disaster and continued debates about nuclear energy. In May, we took a more playful and artistic look at the issue with Lisa Redniss’s Radioactive, the beautiful cyanotype-illustrated story of Marie Curie’s life and legacy, ..read more..
The robot’s camera (bottom left) takes pictures of radioactive pipes while the 3D-printed Y-shaped valves propel it forwards (Image: Harry Asada/d’Arbeloff Laboratory) Fancy a job swimming through the radioactive pipes beneath a nuclear reactor? Probably not if you’re a human, but that’s just what this spherical robot is designed to do. Rather than using propellers ..read more..
For those who still believe politicians, claiming extra nuclear plants are necessary to secure our future energy supply, watching the following video might be enlightening (Do keep in mind that you will be watching Japanese people: normally very polite, friendly and completely in control of themselves. While watching, try to imagine the reaction of a ..read more..
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government claimed to be in the age of renewables” as German MPs passed legislation this week to phase out nuclear power by 2022 – but the basic arithmetic of the energy-switch policy suggests the country will struggle to fill the hole left by nuclear power – and emissions may rise in the ..read more..
The wildfires burning in across the Southwest have threatened homes, economies, and communities, but today the Las Conchas fire in New Mexico is taking the threat to a new level. Having already ravaged about 60,000 acres, the wildfire is knocking on the door of Los Alamos National Labs, the birthplace of the atomic bomb and a ..read more..
(foto: Dr. Emoto’s water blessing for Japan http://cosm.typepad.com/cosm_blog/2011/03/index.html) Rapidly plugging my headphones I manage to sit in the crowded train. Voices on internet radio tune to 52.8 FM: “Hello cyber friends, DNA repair can also happen when DNA is exposed to frequencies of the solfeggio scale, particularly the 528 Hz MI, which is believed to ..read more..
As I browse my latest smart phone on the subway platform, the trendy buzz talk echoes closely around the Fukushima power plant disaster and the unusual radiation levels across Japan and areas of the pacific. The thought of consuming radioactive contaminated milk and produce is not well received anywhere. I look out at the urban ..read more..