Upload of the Month

Above: This is the upload as it appears in the SAFECAST API. Every now and then we get a data submission which strikes us as particularly interesting for one reason or another, and we’d like to start highlighting them. So here’s our first “Upload of the Month.” . User Kevin Kamps, co-credited with Beyond Nuclear,…

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Safecasting the IAEA

Day 1, Feb 16, 2014 Joe and I are in Vienna this week to attend an IAEA expert meeting which starts Monday. SAFECAST was invited to make a presentation about our methods and results, and I’ll be the one giving the talk, which is on Tues. afternoon, Feb. 18. Information about the meeting can be…

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Fukushima across the Pacific

Let’s make it clear: the release of radioactive contamination from the Fukushima NPP to the environment — the air, the land, and the ocean — is a massive disaster. There’s no other way to describe it. Radiation in the air spread far and wide, and was even detectable, though barely, on other continents, while radiation…

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The Fukushima "Underground Nuclear Explosions" Hoax

Lately we’ve seen a spate of Fukushima-related hoaxes which have gone viral, one of which claims that the Russian navy detected two underground atomic explosions at Fukushima on Dec 31, prompting the Russian gov’t to order protective measures. We’ve gotten a lot of emails about it from people who are worried, and who have also…

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Decon or Con? How is remediation being managed, and how effective is it?

HOW EFFECTIVE IS DECONTAMINATION ANYWAY? Does the Japanese government have a clear plan for decontaminating Fukushima Prefecture? Are the aims they’ve stated really feasible? Is anyone really able to keep track of the changing standards and guidelines? Lately the ministries tasked with managing this work, as well as spokespersons from various corners, seem to be…

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Internews highlights the work of Safecast

Internews, an international non-profit formed in 1982 with a mission to empower local media worldwide, has been doing important and groundbreaking work in areas such as medial law and policy, expanding access to information, and delivering innovative media solutions. The organization trains media professionals and citizen journalists, hoping to increase coverage of vital issues such…

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GLC hits over a mIllion points!

Global Survey Corp., which goes by the initials “GLC,” has been mapping Japan’s roads since 2005. Their data is used in many car navi systems, as well as for quite a few specialized applications. For instance, since 2009, the company has been measuring and mapping electromagnetic wave intensity to help customers optimize the placement of…

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Information, Misinformation, Disinformation (or, "These aren't the droids you're looking for.") Part 1

“YOU CAN’T ALWAYS FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR…..” [Skip to Part 2] At Safecast we assumed from the start that our data should be accurate, easy to understand, informative, well-visualized, and easily accessible. In many respects this simply reflects “best practices” in information design, as well as a vision of social responsibility in which openness…

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Information, Misinformation, Disinformation (or, "These aren't the droids you're looking for.") Part 2

GOVERNMENT MONITORING POSTS [Part 1 here] In recent months there has been a fair amount of controversy concerning the accuracy of the radiation monitoring posts the government has installed all over Fukushima prefecture, and in some neighboring prefectures as well. We wrote about it back in July, 2012: TEPCO cheating on radiation levels by using…

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Safecast at RADIEX 2012 report

Radiex 2012 was a major trade show for products and services related to radiation monitoring, decontamination, and remediation, and was held at the Science Museum in Kitanomaru Koen in Tokyo from Sept 24-26 this year. When Dan Sythe, CEO of International Medcom, told us that he planned to attend and invited us to share his…

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