Transparency, the olympics, and that damned water, Part 2

[:en] Above: Official messaging about Fukushima focusses on happiness. Part 1 here Part 2: What about the Olympics? The concerns we hear about the 2020 Olympics are more generalized and less focussed than those about the water in the tanks at Fukushima Daiichi. Some people ask us if it’s safe to come to Japan at…

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Transparency, the olympics, and that damned water, Part 1

[:en] Above: Joe’s drone image of the water tanks at Fukushima Daiichi, December ,2018 Part 2 here Questions, questions… It’s hard to say what we get more questions about lately, the 2020 Olympics or the plan to release water from Fukushima Daiichi to the Pacific Ocean. Both issues involve public safety. How safe from radiation…

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Safecasting Fashion

[:en] One of the less obvious uses of open data and open licensing is that things can be used in ways that someone might never consider an option with all the traditional hoops that need to be jumped through. While not specifically related to licensing, Tara’s recent post about using bGeigie logs to generate music…

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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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Brief update on Air Quality

[:en] Despite the drastic measure of cutting power to hundreds of thousands (and potentially millions more) of people in efforts prevent wildfires, California is burning again. And with fires comes smoke, enough to close schools across Los Angeles out of concern for air quality and further north the winds are projected to shift and will…

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Another Russian Radiation Coverup

[:en] Image above: Satellite imagery from PlanetLabs analyzed by researchers at the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation studies. UPDATED on Aug 19, 2019. A couple of weeks ago, at the end of July, an interesting paper was released which describes a massive multi-national research effort to determine the location and cause of the mysterious release…

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Fukushima cesium-enriched microparticle (CsMP) update

[:en] Image above: Secondary electron images from Utsunomiya et al. 2019, of CsMPs discovered in atmospheric particles trapped on a Tokyo air filter from March 15, 2011, with major constituent elements displayed.  An interesting paper  was recently published by a team headed by Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya of Kyushu University on the subject of Fukushima-derived cesium-enriched…

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Lessons From A Record-setting Pacific Crossing With Safecast On Board

[:en] Douglas Smith and Mitsuhiro Iwamoto joined forces on a record-setting non-stop voyage across the Pacific Ocean. A Safecast bGeigie was also onboard. For 54 days, Douglas Smith was what he jokingly refers to as ‘Seeing Eye Doug.’ That’s how long it took for him and co-sailor Mitsuhiro Iwamoto to cross the approximately 8,700 miles…

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Chernobyl then and now

[:en] Above: Scene from HBO’s “Chernobyl” miniseries Lots of people have been riveted to HBO’s five-part “Chernobyl” miniseries, whose fourth episode just aired. Hailed as totally essential, the program is engrossing and hard-hitting, with writing by Craig Mazin and direction by Johan Renck building a steadily creeping unease. The cast is great, and the accuracy…

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Citizen Science Meetup

[:en] Above: Citizens in Santa Cruz, Calif., collect water samples for the Our Radioactive Ocean project. (Credit: WHOI) Safecast has been fortunate to have meaningful outreach to the wider citizen science community in Japan and abroad. Last December we were invited to a meeting in Hong Kong of over 30 Asia-based citizen science groups, hosted…

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