Monthly Archives: March 2011

Would GE make more money by decommissioning reactors?

In the United States today, there are thirty-five boiling water reactors, of the same type as at Fukushima. Nuclear decommissioning costs around $325 million per plant. So if all the GE plants were to be decommissioned immediately, GE (which would … Continue reading

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Fukushima: Cooling pools successfully doused

The Nuclear Energy Institute reports: UPDATE AS OF 10:00 A.M. EDT, SUNDAY, MARCH 20: A two-part operation to spray water into the used fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi reactor 4 ended just before 7 A.M. EDT. Japan’s defense ministry announced … Continue reading

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Robots at Fukushima: a clash of cultures

From Salon Magazine: Where are the robots at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant? Japan employs more robots than any other country . . . So why are human beings manually pouring water over the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power … Continue reading

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The Best SuperMoon Photo Ever (or am I biased?)

Taken with my cell phone around 9:30 last night. Hey, at least it’s not a ‘file photo!’

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Updated General Purpose Robot

So far, my robot designs have been pretty much just conceptual, but now I’m starting to think about how they might actually be built to serve a real world purpose. Hence, this shot at a general purpose robot: The red … Continue reading

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Finally, mention of robots to Fukushima

Japan Races to Restart Reactors’ Cooling System At the request of the Japanese military, a Massachusetts company, iRobot, said it put four robots on a plane for Japan on Friday. Colin Angle, the chief executive, said it had sent two … Continue reading

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US Radiation Monitoring Links

No endorsements, these are just links that I’ve found: Online Geiger Counter Nuclear Radiation Detector Map Radiation Network EPA network

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Fukushima and Teleoperated Robots (Video)

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Nuclear Expert: “Get a camera in there!”

Frank von Hippel, a genuine nuclear expert, talks with Rachel Maddow: He mentions that the problems are that ‘too much’ of the roof is intact to get hoses in, and they can’t see where to shoot the water until they … Continue reading

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Radiation hardening for telebots

I was asked whether teleoperated robots could function in a high-radiation environment. I found a link here, which indicates that microelectronics can survive thousands of rads before degradation. That would be many times a lethal dose for humans. The electronics … Continue reading

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