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August 21, 2014

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5:35 PM | Tepco fails to create ice wall to stem radioactive water flow
Originally posted on Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates:” Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it had failed in an attempt to create an ice wall in an underground tunnel to block the flow of highly radioactive water from a damaged reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. Since last month, TEPCO has…

August 14, 2014

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12:51 AM | How Ultraviolet Light Reveals All the Secrets Buried Just Below Your Skin (Video)
Ultraviolet or UV radiation is the radiation released by the sun. While the sun’s energy is obvious extremely important for our survival, the UV rays it emits can damage our skin over time. Examining your skin through an ultraviolet lens can reveal things you never knew were there (a lot of people have freckles they can’t […]

August 06, 2014

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4:40 AM | The (Radioactive) Decay of Western Civilization: Nuclear Physics and the Safety of Nuclear Power
          Nuclear physics and radioactive decay are probably among the most misunderstood scientific topics by the general public.  People have been terrified of nuclear energy since the creation of the nuclear bomb, fear which has only been enhanced both by legitimate disasters such as Chernobyl and the Fukishima Power Plant along with a 60+ year history of films that exaggerate the dangers and misrepresent the science.  Nuclear power plants have a […]

August 01, 2014

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2:23 AM | New protein may be the Achilles’s Heel of Treatment-Resistant Head and Neck Cancer
Researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor believe they have solved the mystery behind why some head and neck cancer cells are refractory to the effects of radiation and chemotherapy and extremely adept at repairing and thriving under such aggressive insults. According to the findings of a new study from the group of Dr. […]

July 29, 2014

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9:33 PM | Nature reports blood abnormalities in monkeys near Fukushima
There was a recent report in Nature about two groups of monkeys.   One group was in Fukushima, and the other group was about 70 km away.  The report stated: Compared with Shimokita monkeys, Fukushima monkeys had significantly low white and red blood cell counts, hemoglobin, and hematocrit, and the white blood cell count in […]

July 28, 2014

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11:00 AM | Hearing test, radiation-resistant cells, sign language and more
Curious Bends is a weekly newsletter about science, tech., data and India. Akshat Rathi and I curate it. You can subscribe to it here. If have feedback, suggestions, or would just generally like to get in touch, just email us. 1. Poor children deserve better hearing tests; an Indian entrepreneur may have the solution An […]

July 26, 2014

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2:08 PM | A broad look at clownfish radiation
The clamoring for information about clownfish radiation may never be fully satisfied. This report, though, attempts to supply some of what’s desired: “The radiation of the clownfishes has two geographical replicates,” Glenn Litsios, Peter B. Pearman, Déborah Lanterbecq, Nathalie Tolou and Nicolas Salamin, Journal of Biogeography, epub July 7, 2014. (Thanks to investigator Tom Gill […]

July 25, 2014

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1:37 PM | Blue Whales in the Way, Court Blows ABX Decision, Radioactive Snow Monkeys
By Jason Bittel Take your medicine (oh, what’s the point...): The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is under no obligation to ban the practice of administering antibiotics to healthy livestock as a way of promoting growth—even though study after study shows that the practice is creating drug-resistant superbugs (see "You Want Superbugs With That?"). The U.S. Centers for Disease […]
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