Between 50 and 70 employees – now known in English as the Fukushima 50 – all in protective gear, were left at the plant to battle myriad problems. Some are assessing the damage and radiation levels caused by the explosions, while others cool stricken reactors with seawater to try to avert a potentially catastrophic release of radiation.
The workers are the nuclear power industry’s equivalent of frontline soldiers, exposing themselves to considerable risks while about 800 of their evacuated colleagues watch from a safe distance. Fifteen people on the site, including members of the self-defence force, have been injured in the blasts.
The fire appears to have been the biggest culprit in the release of radioactive materials. By 10.20am, readings at the plant had reached 400 millisieverts per hour in one spot and 100 millisieverts in another, although they were much lower in other areas of the facility.
A diabetic Oregon man with no feeling in his feet woke up to find his dog had eaten part of his right foot, including three toes.
The Roseburg News-Review reports that the 61-year-old man, whose name was not disclosed by police, was in serious condition after calling 911 at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday.
The man told emergency responders that he fell asleep on his couch and woke up to find pieces of his foot missing.
Roseburg veterinarian Alan Ross says that the dog may have been trying to rid his owner of dead tissue, and says he may have been attracted to the foot if it were infected or gangrenous.
Ross says the dog doesn’t need corrective action because it wasn’t “acting out of meanness.”
On March 19, the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 221,567 miles (356,577 kilometers) away. On top of that, it will be full. And one astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.
Richard Nolle, a noted astrologer who runs the website astropro.com, has famously termed the upcoming full moon at lunar perigee (the closest approach during its orbit) an “extreme supermoon.”
When the moon goes super-extreme, Nolle says, chaos will ensue: Huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can be expected to wreak havoc on Earth. (It should be noted that astrology is not a real science, but merely makes connections between astronomical and mystical events.)
The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law, including making “illegal streaming” of audio or video a federal felony and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers.
Spring eggs hard boiled in children’s urine have been a treat in this part of China for thousands of years and now culture officials want to take it worldwide.
“The urine is gathered from local schools and the very best comes from boys under 10 years old. They pee in buckets and we collect it fresh every day,” chef Lu Ming explained
A former doctor told a judge in New Jersey that he’s “guilty as sin” of growing marijuana and smoking 30 joints a day.
Edwin Struve told a judge in Morris County he had 58 marijuana plants in his Chatham home that he’s been cultivating since he came home from the Army in 1968.
The Daily Record of Parsippany reports Struve and his lawyer said Struve used marijuana to relieve the effects of glaucoma and mild brain damage.
Officials are seeking to have the judge place Struve under supervised probation in the Morris County Prosecutor Office’s mental health program.
By modifying the HEXBug toy “Inchworm” circuitry to deliver pulses, we stimulated the antenna nerves of the discoid cockroach to “trick” the cockroach into turning upon command.
Indie directors often characterize their films as meticulously crafted, completely original labors of love. Filmmaker Evan Glodell actually has two: His apocalyptic revenge epic, Bellflower, and the flame-throwing ’72 Buick Skylark he custom-built for the film.
NASA officials are investigating the discovery of cocaine at the Kennedy Space Center for the second time in a little over a year, officials told WFTV Tuesday. In the recent incident, 4.2 grams of cocaine were found at KSC.
While NASA officials have not released an exact location of where the drug was found, NASA did say it was not found in any secured shuttle processing area.
The Inspector General’s Office launched the investigation on March 7 after the cocaine was found on Space Center grounds and reported to security. The drug was sent to a lab to confirm it was cocaine.
In January 2010, there was cocaine residue found inside a small plastic bag near a restroom in the space shuttle Discovery’s hanger.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on March 16, 2011