Notes from the road: Safecasting Iceland and France

During a recent family visit to Iceland and France this July, I took my bGeigie along, and in the course of a few weeks, this has allowed me to send about 50,000 measurements to the Safecast database, during many drives. Once you get into the habit of hanging the bGeigie on the outside of your car, it is…

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Chernobyl, 30 years ago

The Chernobyl Disaster happened April 26, 1986 – exactly 30 years ago today and until 2011 when disaster struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it was the only level 7 nuclear event. Several Safecast volunteers have mapped out the Chernobyl site and surrounding cities which is still one of the most radioactive places on earth.…

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Safecast Air Prototypes

If you’ve been following along at home you know that at Safecast we’ve been thinking about measuring air quality for quite some time. More than once we’ve jumped in only to be disappointed with the results, pushing us back to square one. One of the key tenets at Safecast is that we must be able…

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Regarding Radiation From Air Travel

[:en]Last week VOX posted an article about radiation from air travel which caught some attention and immediately people started asking us for related data. For the past several years we’ve been logging radiation readings during flights so we have a significant amount of measurements relating specifically to this. We haven’t added these “flight” measurements to…

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Safecast X Shuttleworth

As some will already know the Shuttleworth Foundation has been a gracious supporter of Safecast and helped make our recent 4 year anniversary event possible. As one of their Fellows I’ve been fortunate to get to meet with and work with a brilliant collection of people from around the world working on similar openness-focused, potentially…

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bGeigies on Webmap

bGeigie + Webmap Every drive by Safecast volunteers tells a story.  Hopefully an exciting and highly radioactive one.  But in any case, we’ve added tools to help you visualize and share these efforts to the Safecast webmap. What’s new with this bGeigie log viewer? Multiple Log Display You can now view as many logs at one time…

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(in Japanese) bGeigie "how to" videos

Volunteer Kiki Tanaka has posted several short YouTube videos showing how to use the bGeigie Nano. They’re in Japanese only (accessible from the Japanese side of this blog), but we hope to have English language versions up soon as well. Meanwhile, check out Sean’s “how to” video HERE. セーフキャストが開発した組立式放射線計測機器 bGeigie Nano(ビーガイギーナノ) の使い方が簡単にわかるよう、ビデオで説明しました。 bGeigie Nano 基本説明…

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Safecast OS X App Now Available

Mac OS X users are in for a treat with the release of our native desktop client. Available now in the app store. Hand built with with love by Safecaster Nick Dolezal, the official Safecast app brings our extensive dataset (over 21 million datapoints!) of radiation measurements to your Mac, and provides a powerful and…

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Updated Safecast Webmap!

Since the unfortunate demise of our GeoSense map platform we haven’t had recent visualization of Safecast data available to web users. Last week Safecast volunteer Nick Dolezal (mastermind behind the Safecast iOS app) tried out an experiment and it worked fantastically. I’m excited to introduce you to the most recent web map of Safecast data.…

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Radiation on California Beaches

[UPDATE 3/2014: The CDPH did their own study and confirmed our findings below, the report of their findings can be found here] In December this rather shocking video titled “Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco! (Dec 2013)” was posted to YouTube To date it’s been viewed almost half a million times, and countless articles have been…

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