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Shape-Shifting Robot Sent Inside Crippled Fukushima Reactor


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Shape-Shifting Robot Sent Inside Crippled Fukushima Reactor

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

For the first time, a robot entered the highly radioactive primary containment vessel (PCV) of Reactor 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Friday, in order to investigate the state of its dangerous and damaged interior, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has said.

The plant was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated northern Japan. Determining the state of the uranium fuel that powered the station is key to dismantling of the plant, a process expected to take decades.


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Everything you are expressing is hysterical superstition. If nuclear electric generation is so planet-ending dangerous - where are all the corpses and widespread disease and and extinct species from it? Lots of industrial activity, like the mining and burning of coal and the drilling and burning of oil and gas, IS doing that, but nuclear power isn't.


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That's untrue. The appearance of more instances is an artifact of longer lifespans and different diagnostic standards. Modern medicine is only about 50 years old--the method by which aspirin works was only recently determined! Before that, it was known to work but nobody understood why.

Cancer is one of the diseases of age -- if we live long enough, we get cancer because the inbuilt protective mechanisms wear out or are slowly undermined by the enormous number of toxins, including natural and artificial radiation sources, in our everyday environments. 75 years ago, a 70yo who died of cancer had the cause listed, more often than not, as "natural causes".


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Actually,

Nuclear fallout is used as a weapon. It is good at killing people and rendering their land unusable for hundreds of years. Any system with so grave a consequence should not be used. Ever.

Yunzer said

Let's examine your assertion that nuclear power is harmless:

Latest Headlines:

03:08 PM EST on April 11th, 2015 | 76 comments
Japan Times: Over 150 dolphins wash ashore at multiple locations — 50 miles from Fukushima border — Could be largest mass stranding ever reported in nation’s history — Govt’ Expert: “The dolphins may have had psychological problems… We don’t see any immediate signs of cancer” (VIDEO)
09:36 AM EST on April 10th, 2015 | 234 comments
Officials: “Such a bizarre thing” off California coast — “We’re seeing multiple aborted fetuses every day” — 100,000s of seabirds that nest in area now missing… “Huge, unprecedented die-off like we’ve never seen” — Many baby seals dying after mothers led them to a cliff edge… “Brutal to watch” (AUDIO)
09:40 AM EST on April 9th, 2015 | 382 comments
Gov’t Experts: “Astounding” levels of radiation measured in U.S. from Fukushima — Around 500,000 times our normal levels… “We never have ever seen anything even close to that, concentrations went up and up and up every day… Amazing to see this 7,000 km away” — “A matter of life & death” (VIDEO)
09:18 AM EST on April 7th, 2015 | 648 comments
National Geographic: Newly discovered mass mortality in sea creatures along California coast — Body parts falling off, animals ‘wasting away’ — Researchers fear sea star epidemic has spread (PHOTOS)
10:26 AM EST on April 6th, 2015 | 420 comments
“BREAKING NEWS – Scientists detect Fukushima radiation on North American shores” — Coastal communities ‘concerned’ — Over 7 Bq/m3 of cesium from dock in Pacific Northwest — Professor: It indicates arrival of other radioactive substances — “Represents potential radiological health risk” (VIDEO)
09:25 AM EST on April 3rd, 2015 | 747 comments
13 baby gray whales and 55 dolphins found dead on West Coast — “Rash of dead humpback whales in Oregon” — “Corpses of sea lions, birds, sea turtles decomposing” — Mysterious deaths probed by gov’t — “Fear for whales encountering ‘radiation hot spots’…Volunteers trained about dangers of radiation” (VIDEO)
11:48 PM EST on April 1st, 2015 | 427 comments
Times: “The worst possible result” revealed at Fukushima — Plant Chief: Centuries may pass before humans find a way to deal with molten cores — Top Official: “We have no idea” what to do, “the technology simply doesn’t exist… I can’t say it’s possible” (VIDEOS)
09:32 PM EST on March 31st, 2015 | 502 comments
Experts: Pacific food web crashing — “What’s going on? Where are the fish? Where did they go?” — “To be honest, it’s insane” — “You could equate it to a war zone” — “Food shortage all up & down West Coast” — Fishermen believe pollution harming food chain, doubt NOAA’s ‘warm water’ theory (VIDEOS)
11:58 PM EST on March 30th, 2015 | 252 comments
AP: Melted fuel may have “dropped even beyond” the bottom of Fukushima plant — ‘China Syndrome’ predicted by US gov’t analysis — IAEA Expert: Pools of corium beneath reactors are up to 2 stories high (VIDEO)
11:57 AM EST on March 30th, 2015 | 106 comments
TV: Dam gates ‘shifted’ in Fukushima Unit 3 fuel pool — Damaged by massive piece of falling debris — Concern it could trigger drainage from pool — Tepco: It does not ‘appear’ to be leaking
10:29 AM EST on March 29th, 2015 | 1,012 comments
Times: 200-year wait faced at Fukushima — Plant Chief: “No idea” how to decommission reactors… “the technology does not exist”; “No viable method” to deal with melted fuel; “So many uncertainties… we don’t have accurate information” — Engineers declared problems ‘insurmountable’
12:37 PM EST on March 27th, 2015 | 152 comments
Gov’t Report: Plutonium at 1,000,000 Bq/m3 was detected in ocean off Fukushima — “Contaminated waters will be transported rapidly to east” across Pacific — This is “the most important direct liquid release of artificial radioactivity into sea ever known” — Scientists: “Remember, its not just cesium that’s released”strong text
09:49 AM EST on March 25th, 2015 | 1,160 comments
Expert: Plutonium-241 from Fukushima nearly 70,000 times more than atomic bomb fallout in Japan — Gov’t Labs: Large areas of oceans contaminated by plutonium from events such as Fukushima; Build-up in biosphere expected; Considerable hazard to humans — Officials: Molten fuel now ‘particle-like’, contains ‘special’ nuclear materials
09:34 AM EST on March 23rd, 2015 | 473 comments
Dead sea creatures “covering the sand with a sea of red” on California beach; Witnesses: “Bazillions of crab-like things washed ashore… I’ve never seen these before, it’s incredible” — ‘Glow in the dark’ organisms recently stranded nearby; Official: “No one here has ever seen it!” (VIDEO)
10:52 AM EST on March 20th, 2015 | 489 comments
New images show all melted fuel is “gone” from Fukushima reactor — Experts: Molten core may have reached outer environment, can’t tell if fuel is still contained — Official: “We presume fuel still in containment vessel… but we need to check one day” (PHOTOS & VIDEO)
07:23 PM EST on March 18th, 2015 | 261 comments
“Huge geomagnetic storm” hits Earth — “So intense it far overshadows anything this solar cycle” — Gov’t: “A great deal stronger than expected… eruptions combined into larger shock front” — WashPost: Severe CME “causing fluctuations on power grid” — Officials warn of “widespread voltage control problems”
10:15 AM EST on March 18th, 2015 | 234 comments
Gov’t model shows Fukushima radioactive gas near Tokyo skyrocketed to 10,000,000,000 times normal levels soon after 3/11 – “Very high concentrations” recorded at all monitoring posts in northern hemisphere (VIDEO)
08:38 PM EST on March 17th, 2015 | 154 comments
Mysterious affliction in Alaska polar bears suffering baldness and lesions; Rate spiked nearly 1,000% after Fukushima began — Gov’t: Ongoing reports of unusual number of ‘hairless seals’ with sores — “Seals continue to be reported with hair loss… it makes us nervous” (PHOTO)
10:40 AM EST on March 16th, 2015 | 294 comments
10,000 baby sea lions dead on one California island — Experts: “It’s getting crazy… This is a crisis… Never seen anything like it… Very difficult to see so much death” — TV: “Numbers skyrocketing at alarming rates” — “Woman is burying the rotting mammals” after digging graves at beach (VIDEOS)
07:32 PM EST on March 14th, 2015 | 310 comments
Report: Over 30 million permanently affected by Fukushima radiation; Number of people exposed triples Chernobyl — Japan Professor: 14,000 sq. kilometers heavily contaminated; Millions including kids and infants are exposed everyday after being abandoned by gov’t, it is very bizarre (AUDIO)
06:58 AM EST on March 14th, 2015 | 203 comments
Expert: Disease outbreak on US West Coast is largest ever seen in any population of animals — Tens of millions dead — Official: Gov’t needs to declare emergency before extinction occurs — Many scientists believed radiation from Fukushima to blame (VIDEO)
10:29 AM EST on March 13th, 2015 | 159 comments
Former Official: “40+ areas where extremely contaminated water flows directly into ocean” at Fukushima — Bloomberg: “4 years out, Fukushima reactors still spewing… Fishermen alleging for a while that radioactive water spilling into Pacific… astounding nobody at Tepco has gone to jail” (AUDIO)

Cancer is now predicted by the CDC to become the number one killer of humans in the next few years. But even heart failure, which is now the big killer, is caused by radioactive fallout. Your claim that one type of cancer risk is causing all the mortality, like coal dust or pollution, but not the other prevalent one, nuke fallout, is absurd. It's a superstitious belief on your part, just like your claim to us earlier that there are no coal beds in Montana, nor any cars or gasoline in the Philippines.

You're superstitious about this subject Yunzer. And just like the nuke industry, you never admit when you're wrong. This is why I oppose anything so hazardous in the hands of greedy nuke peddlers or the government people they corrupt. Loss of Immune system function or cancer are Accumulative risks. Nuke plants on top of background radiation push organisms over the edge.


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Your response isn't responsive. Neither of those sources makes a case for your claim that cancer was rare before the atomic age.

Moreover, the paper from the ECRR is based on the "no safe dose" hypothesis, which has been undermined by the research of, among others, Calabrese at UMass/Amherst:

(Arch Toxicol, v 81, iss 4, 2007)


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Mairead,

Perhaps a better way to argue this is to point out that even if all the increased cancer cases are real, to attribute it to nuclear power is complete unscientific nonsense. There are thousands of carcinogenic made made chemical compounds, plus natural cancer causing agents, including naturally occurring radioactive isotopes in the environment, which would all be way ahead of man-made radiation as a possible cause. The absolutely miniscule amounts of radiation exposure from the entire nuclear industry is far less than simply moving to a home a thousand meters higher in elevation, or locating to a granite bedrock area, or weatherproofing your home and thereby causing higher natural radon concentrations in the home's air. Then there are the extremely potent natural liver-carcinogens (aflatoxins) generated by molds in peanuts and corn that get promoted by poor storage and processing of these foods.

The US left needs to turn off the 50's pulp sci-fi movies playing in their heads and get to scientific reality. The greatest threat is global warming and ocean acidification and nuclear power is one very important way to address this threat.

TJ,

You didn't provide a source, but the articles you cite are either nonsense of refer to events for which there is absolutely no reason to blame the miniscule amounts of radiation from Fukushima on them - there are hundreds of causes in line ahead of it - notably ocean warming and acidification.

TMI 2 also had melted core material to deal with, and it was decomissioned and completely cleaned up 20 years after the accident.


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The Robot lasted all of three hours before the high levels of radiation rendered it inoperative.

Now I am sure the mouthpieces for the Nuclear industry will claim Radiation had nothing to do with it and that it failed because there better "diagnostic techniques" for detecting failures or because some other man made chemical caused the failure.


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What absolute nonsense. There has been lots of studies on Chernobyl including its effects on plant and animal life and peoples living hundreds of miles from the scene of the disaster, All of them point to the dangers of elevated levels of radiation.

Scientists in countries all over the world concluded there wide ranging negative effects. There are STILL bans in place on eating certain foods exposed to the radiation. In the UK it was not until 2012 that a ban lifted on eating Mutton raised on upland grazing areas due to those areas being contaminated. An entire Pine forest near the area of fallout simply died over the years due to elevated levels of radiation.

Scientists in Germany Sweden and elsewhere noticed spikes in the number of Children born with things like Downs syndrome and thyroid problems.


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This isn't the first time a robot has been used inside the reactors. NTT aired a documentary last year showing a robot checking out cracks. April? Not sure why the Japanese media sources are reporting this as a "first."

Eric Dubin, Managing Editor, The News Doctors


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Eric_Dubin wrote:

'This isn't the first time a robot has been used inside the reactors. NTT aired a documentary last year showing a robot checking out cracks. April? Not sure why the Japanese media sources are reporting this as a "first."'

Apparently, this marks the first time that a robot has entered the Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) of Unit 1. The last I heard, the gadget was stuck part way along its course, but was stll telemetering temperature and absorbed dose data.


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We know of dangers associated with high levels of radiation, but there have been studies of areas with strongly elevated background radiation which found little to no evidence of adverse health outcomes.


"An entire Pine forest near the area of fallout simply died over the years due to elevated levels of radiation."

This entire forest covered about 4 square miles, which is pretty insignificant compared to the thousands of square miles of trees which are routinely being killed by green energy policies. The red forest was bulldozed and continues to have greatly elevated levels of radiation in the soil, but it has also become a remarkably fertile and diverse wilderness area hosting many endangered species. There have been a few potentially adverse effects observed in some animals (eg. shorter tail feathers in one kind of bird, white flecks in the red throat feathers of another), but the fact this is now a thriving ecosystem indicates the radiation impact has been trivial compared to the beneficial effect it has had of removing humans from the area.

There are also large toxic dead zones associated with the mining and industrial areas which have made cheap solar and wind power possible. There are no totally clean and safe options at this time (and sensible hazard management puts risk into the context of the alternatives) but it does appear there is much potential for improvement--with more benign forms of rare earth mining and refining, with better manufacturing and waste management practices, and with better forms of nuclear power.


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http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/nuclear_power/2013/01/wildlife_in_chernobyl_debate_over_mutations_and_populations_of_plants_and.html


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What a nonsensical response!!

The claim was made exposure to radiation was not killing plants animals or people. You come back with "but mining is worse"?

Of course mining and forestry is worse there is more of it going on! This is like the argument that more people are killed by cars each year than by guns therefore guns are not dangerous.


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The NCBI is a Government funded organization much like the FDA is.They are hardly a neutral player here as the US Government persists in wishing to expand the role of Nuclear power.

Would you like a list of all the chemicals GMOs and drugs the FDA has approved as safe?


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Guns are not an alternative to cars. Nobody travels by gun. A more apt comparison would be arguing against air travel by pointing out its relatively high per-vehicle-trip crash rate and the tens of thousands killed over the years--when curtailing air travel would increase the use of alternatives which have a per-passenger-mile death toll which is as bad or in some cases worse.

You point to a small patch of trees killed by a reactor breach, but if that's supposed to be an argument against nuclear power generally (and nobody is advocating nuclear power based on RBMK weapons production reactors, btw) then the alternatives much promoted by greens would include mowing down vastly larger areas of trees to burn as fuel, and the toxic mining and industrial zones which provide us with cheap wind and solar.

This is the "horror" of the Chernobyl exclusion zone today:







And this is what "green" energy policies are promoting as healthier alternatives.

http://tinyurl.com/q4r5cuz

http://tinyurl.com/oyka5l9

And that's without even getting into the various ways the renewables-only approach is failing to curtail the burning of fossil fuels.

I'll completely agree that nuclear power as it is currently done has significant problems, but so do all the alternatives. But problems with our existing options is reason for improving them, not discarding them.


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So you are going to reject studies if their findings are reported by a government funded agency? Do you likewise reject the studies of NREL and James Hansen, or do you only play this card when you don't like the results? And isn't this the same strategy we see used by creationists, ufologists, chemtrail believers, WTC-demolition believers, moon landing hoax believers, anti-vaxers, and AGW deniers? If you can do it, why can't they?


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You were right on the money, my friend.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2907964/transforming-robot-gets-stuck-in-fukushima-nuclear-reactor.html


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Thomas Jefferson! You da man! ?Yunser? is all hot air! People like ?? can't be taken seriously, because if they dug a little deeper into the facts, they would find a hideous truth: death for millions that could have been prevented! This FACT goes against their corporate "bottom line" mentality: that their "1000 acre country estates with all those beautiful gardens", are theirs, by god! "Keep your commie-pinko hands off!" is their cry!

Even if the horror of a genocidal cancer epidemic, caused by their investments, was the price; they still wouldn't and don't give a shit. These so-called humans are dyed-in-the-wool nuclear industry apologists, who take paychecks and turn a blind eye, no matter what the cost! Bought-off by their psychopathic owners, they will be held to blame - count on it. And heaven cannot help them when hoards of angry mobs come after them for their revenge.

Human life as we know it and knew it - is toast; and because of the nuclear mistake that no one will apologize for and ask forgiveness, we who care are held hostage to the ultimate of procrastinations - AN EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT that can be prevented RIGHT NOW!.