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Scientists from Los Alamos National Lab have discovered how to look through and map just about anything with a new process: the science-fictionally sounding muon tomography. Even in places like the highly radioactive Fukushima reactor, the method doesn't require any disassembly or any need for x-r...

July 2nd 2015 at 2:02am 0 Comments
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No one can blame Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) for the earthquake and tsunami that wrecked its Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011. Since then, however, the company has been accused of having a "weak sense of crisis" in responding to the accident's many knock-on effects. This includes the leakage o...

May 27th 2014 at 4:22am 0 Comments
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What's the safest place to put a nuclear reactor? Offshore, apparently. A new power plant design concept from MIT envisions a facility built on floating platforms, moored in deep water several miles off the coast. This, the concept's creators explain, lends it several crucial advantages -- making...

April 16th 2014 at 9:41pm 0 Comments
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Mining has a reputation for being the most boring activity in EVE Online, but it's always filled a niche role as a low-effort way to make ISK and play with friends casually. When there's no PvP going on and you can't give your full attention to smashing NPCs in missions or anomalies, mining fills t...

March 30th 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days. It's not like we're trying to out-weird ourselves, it just, somehow, keeps happening. At least one of this week's offerings (we'll leave it to you to figure out which) will possibly be the creepie...

August 11th 2012 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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The original Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) suit was designed to help those with muscle diseases, but it's now been upgraded to cope with a very different type of problem: handling radioactive substances. One of the few wearable materials that can stop radiation is tungsten, which is extremely heavy...

November 7th 2011 at 4:56pm 0 Comments
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This radiation infographic is too small to read. There's a reason for that. Technically, it's because we constrain images to 600 pixels wide. Stylistically, it's because we'd like to point out that all things are relative. Head on over to xkcd to see just how much ionizing radiation you're likely t...

March 21st 2011 at 1:14pm 0 Comments
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl was an FPS released last year by GSC Game World, based in the Ukraine. At a press conference concerning its upcoming sequel, Clear Sky, GSC's PR head Oleg Yavorsky said that the team is "considering" creating an MMO from the franchise.While nothing is definite yet...

June 7th 2008 at 1:00pm 0 Comments