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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Launching into 2019

[:en] It’s February 1st here in Tokyo already and it’s hard to believe we’re already a month into 2019. Before we realize it the summer will be here and then we’ll be talking about plans for 2020 so before all that happens we thought we’d take a quick moment to recap and let you in…

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Safecast workshops in Aizu, Fukushima

[:en] Above: A young participant at the Aizu University workshop builds a kGeigie. In December, Safecast held two interesting workshops in Aizu, Fukushima. As we often point out, this kind of educational outreach, which first began as informally-organized workshops and discussions, has become an increasingly important part of Safecast’s activity. Because of this we’ve developed workshop…

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Safecast On Board For Blind Sailor’s Attempt To Cross The Pacific Ocean

[:en] In the last week of February, Mitsuhiro ‘Hiro’ Iwamoto will set out from San Diego with a bGeigie onboard. If all goes according to plan, he and crewmate Doug Smith will sail the ‘Dream Weaver,’ a 40-foot cutter, across the Pacific Ocean non-stop to Onahama in Fukushima prefecture. While an impressive feat in its…

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Welcome in 2019 with Safecast in Shibuya!

[:en] Sunday, January 13th, 2019 – Safecast Shinnenkai (New Year’s Party) It’s time to welcome in 2019 with Safecast! The yearly Safecast shinnenkai (New Year’s party) is always a great get together. Staff, volunteers, advisors, family, and friends all get a chance to meet new people, reminisce about the past year, and talk what’s coming…

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Woolsey Fire and the Santa Susana Field Laboratory

[:en] Above: Aerial photo from CBSLA showing the start of the fire at SSFL. https://twitter.com/Stu_Mundel/status/1060692904107110400 We’ve received quite a few inquiries over the past several days regarding the potential consequences of the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, which has burned through part of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) site in Ventura County immediately south…

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Safecast at the IAEA

[:en] Above: This image of Azby making a key point was tweeted by Sebastian Hueber, Head of Communications at Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate. Azby spent the first week of October this year in Vienna in order to participate in a major IAEA conference called CNREP2018 (International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public).…

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Nano Assembly Manual Update

[:en] We’ve made a major update to the bGeigie Nano Assembly Manual, which is accessible at the same location as previously at GitHub: There haven’t been any major changes to the Nano itself, but the main board has undergone several small revisions since the last manual update, the current version being 1.1r5a. A few components…

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Safecast at Soma Future Lab 2018

[:en] Above: Jessica gives kGeigie building advice to a pair of young participants.  Safecast recently held a series of workshops in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, as part of an event held at the Soma Amway House called “Soma Future Lab 2018.” The two-day event (August 22-23) was open to the public, and elementary and secondary school…

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