Safecast Diaries: from Rest Stops to Real-Time Images, from the First bGeigie Trips to the Aftermath of 3.11

David Kell was among a rag-tag group of volunteers taking supplies to the Tohoku region in the weeks after the 2011 3.11 Tohoku disaster. Onboard were the very first incarnations of what would, over time, become the bGeigie geiger counters. On March 11, 2020, David Kell found himself, quite by accident, staring out over a…

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Compose Music Using Your Safecast bGeigie Nano Data

[:en] Convert Safecast bGeigie CPM Readings To A Midi File in Less Than 10 Minutes! For the past couple of years, I’ve been inspired by numerous artists that have utilized Safecast radiation data and the bGeigie nano device to imagine it in ways that go outside the norms of scientific data represented in bar graphs…

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Safecast devices used for first readings inside a US nuclear plant

[:en] Safecast-collaborators from the NGO Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE) recently used a bGeigie Nano when visiting the site of the San Onofre nuclear plant in California (you can see the measurements here). It was the first time that Safecast’s devices have been used to make measurements inside a US nuclear facility.  …

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Safecast Visit to Fukushima Daiichi

I can’t count how many images I’ve seen of the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi in the last seven years, easily hundreds, maybe thousands. I’ve seen photos, illustrations, maps, diagrams and even video detailing every angle and perspective. None of that prepared me for the awe of standing in front of them. This is ground…

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Solarcast Deployment: Los Angeles

Earlier this year we announced Solarcast and talked about some of the challenges we faced while designing it. Thanks to the generous support of the Annenberg Foundation & Metabolic Studio (as well as the longterm support of the Shuttleworth Foundation) we were able to create the first batch of these devices and have been deploying…

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Safecasting "Les Bois Noirs"

La version française de cet article est en deuxième partie de page Like nearly every summer, our family visits France in July, sometimes stopping along the way. This year, we were staying for about 10 days in the center of France, and took this opportunity to visit a site called “Les Bois Noirs Limouzat”, a…

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Solarcast: Behind The Music

We wanted to explain a little more about what led us to the development and release of Solarcast and some of the challenges we faced along the way. With the deployment of our Pointcast network we realized that a recurring problem with placing sensors was access to both power and internet for the devices we…

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Introducing Solarcast

What is SOLARCAST? Safecast has gained a tremendous amount of experience since starting our citizen-based environmental monitoring program in March, 2011. The learning curve has often been steep, but always rewarding. Conceived and designed primarily by OG Safecaster Ray Ozzie, our new Solarcast device combines everything we’ve learned deploying our bGeigie mobile radiation sensors, Pointcast fixed radiation sensors,…

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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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Time Snapshots now on the Safecast Map!

One of the benefits of collecting several years worth of environmental data is we can look at different time frames to see how things change over time. We call these Snapshots, and they are very useful in places like Japan where the radiation levels have changed and are expected to continue changing over the coming…

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