In a fight that has dragged out for years, local leaders in San Francisco have lost a fight with the cell phone industry to slap warnings on the packing of mobile phones.
Not all of us are clever enough to jump into a fridge when we see a nuke heading our way. Post-nuke, then, we're left with two options: succumbing to radiation sickness, or morphing into radiation zombies. A new medication called Ex-RAD now presents a third option, which is to take it and then be just fine afterwards.
It turns out the Earth can speak — in the form of chirps and whistles caused by radio waves audible to the human ear, and emitted by the Earth's magnetosphere. It's called a "chorus," or "dawn chorus."
The Earth is surrounded by a donut-shaped zone of energetic charged particles called the Van Allen radiation belt. Depending on who you ask, this region is either Earth's magnetic field trapping particles from the solar wind, or a secret government project intended to protect us from aliens. NASA's sending up some armored tentacle probes to learn more.
It's been nine months after the tsunami and earthquake destroyed the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and still no one knows how bad the radioactive contamination is. Radiation levels are expected to still be off the charts, and scientists at Fukushima University are planning to use wild monkeys to find out via specially outfitted collars.
With the troubles at the Fukushima nuclear plant still ongoing, it's natural that folks around the world are worried about harmful radiation. Enter the Doomsday — a robot-shaped "anti-nuclear radiation mobile living unit made of lead panels."
Worried about eating radioactive food from Fukushima? Today's your lucky day because Nils Ferber has a really useful concept for you. Meet the Fukushima Plate — a special plate with a radioactive meter and OLEDs that tell you just how safe your food is for eating.
The Chernobyl #4 reactor has been sort of contained by a leaky and unstable "sarcophagus" since shortly after its meltdown 25 years ago today. As a more permanent solution to the problem, an international effort will place a gigantic steel arch over the site to seal it off, with three robot cranes inside to help clean up the mess.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to join tech investor Joi Ito and his cohorts Jun Murai, Ray Ozzie and Dan Sythe for the New Context Conference in Tokyo where RDTN.org showed off its latest efforts to leverage technology to help with Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis.
It's kind of a bummer that designers are working on things like this, but I guess it's a reflection of the world we live in: this is a stylish bracelet designed for ladies to wear. It vibrates when it detects radiation.