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Toshiba Robot to Help Clean up Fukushima

Toshiba Robot to Help Clean up Fukushima
Toshiba is showing off a robot that will be performing a task that no human can safely do themselves. Sometime next year, this big crane-like robot will be lowered into the cooling pool of Japan’s Fukushima reactor 3 building where radiation levels are too high for humans to go. Once there the ‘bot will use its arms to pick up debris and remove fuel rods from the radioactive water inside the chamber.

Japan to Replace Fukushima Nuclear Plant with Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Japan to Replace Fukushima Nuclear Plant with Largest Offshore Wind Farm
I think it’s definitely a good idea to try to replace some of the world’s nuclear power plants with clean and sustainable sources of energy. After the disaster at the Fukishima power plant, Japan has unveiled a plan to decrease its reliance on nuclear energy and move towards greater use of wind power.
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Butterflies Near Fukushima Showing Serious Radiation Related Mutations

Butterflies Near Fukushima Showing Serious Radiation Related Mutations
Scientists in Japan have been studying a specific breed of butterfly called the pale grass blue butterfly. Two months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that led to radiation leaking from the nuclear power station, the researchers collected 144 adult versions of that butterfly from 10 locations around Japan.

Paro the Robot Seal Helps Elderly Recover from Nuclear Disaster

Paro the Robot Seal Helps Elderly Recover from Nuclear Disaster
I’ve heard of animals, especially dogs, being used in zootherapy, but this is the first time that I’ve seen a robot being used in the same manner (robotherapy?). The therapeutic robot Paro was used in a retirement home in Japan to help residents deal with the trauma of the tsunami and subsequent earthquake.
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