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[25 Mar 2011 | One Comment ]
Robots Recruited to Help Battle Radiation Problem

Robots have joined in the fight to contain the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. As the brave employees battle to prevent a meltdown, robots have arrived to monitor the radiation levels and help clean up.

First on the scene was MoniRobo (Monitor Robot), a 52 inch tall, 1300 pound bot designed specifically for operating at lethal levels of radiation. It was developed by the Japanese Nuclear Safety Technology Center after the 1999 nuclear accident in Tokaimura which resulted in 2 deaths .
The robot is equipped with a radiation detector, …

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[22 Mar 2011 | No Comment ]
Inside a Japanese Nuclear Power Plant [Video]

As you already know (unless you’ve been off planet for a few weeks), following a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake and incredibly destructive tsunami, one of Japan’s major nuclear plants has been the center of attention in the media. After the plant’s cooling systems were knocked out by the earthquake and tsunami we saw a state of emergency at the plant and the surrounding area. Since then, brave employees of TEPCO have been risking their own well being to get the situation under control.
Though we foresee no nuclear Armageddon, we all …

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[18 Mar 2011 | No Comment ]
Help the Earthquake Victims

It’s been a week since the devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku region of Japan. And while life here in Tokyo has almost returned to a state of normalcy, there is unimaginable suffering being faced by people in the tsunami affected zones.
At the time of writing this, the official death toll is 6,911 people with 10,316 people missing. There are also countless survivors who have been displaced by the disaster. They currently have to endure freezing temperatures and hunger due to limited supplies.
This is just a quick …

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[11 Mar 2011 | No Comment ]
Windows that Transform into Mirrors [Video]

Imagine if all the windows in your house could become mirrors with just the press of a button. You wouldn’t need blinds, also the temperature of you home during summer could be significantly reduced. This could work for your car windows too; saving you the use of your AC on those days when you have to park in the boiling sun.
AIST is currently developing the technology to do this. These “switchable mirrors” can alternate with between a transparent state and a reflective state. This is achieved only with the …