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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Rebuttal of “Calibration of Safecast dose rate measurements,” by Cervone and Hultquist

[:en] From the outset, Safecast has hoped that our data would prove useful to researchers and decision makers as well as to the general public. As time has passed the number of academic papers that examines the Safecast project and the data it has produced has steadily increased, which is something we welcome. Some of…

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8 year old bGeigie Builder

[:en] We have a new record: Our youngest bGeigie builder ever! While we’ve organized and helped with many workshops for children future scientists around the world, we usually focus on the science behind community environmental monitoring and very easy and quick kit builds. Building a bGeigie is a serious time and mental commitment that can…

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