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Fukushima nuclear meltdown cleanup costs could rise more than five times to $58 billion

It's been over two years since the northern coastal region of the main island of Japan was devastated by a powerful tsunami and suffered a subsequent nuclear reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, located 150 miles north of Tokyo. In that time, the Japanese government and …

Vintage Big Pic: The Cameras That Captured The First Men On The Moon

Yep, these are photos of cameras. Enjoy!<p>This smooth and shiny camera captured the video that folks at home watched live on TV during Neil Armstrong's moonwalk. It's called the Apollo Lunar TV Camera, and the U.S. engineering firm Westinghouse designed it. It withstood vibrations between 10 and …

How Earth Accelerates Electrons to 99.9 Percent of Light Speed

Earth's Van Allen belts (not to be confused with the astrophysical hard-rock 'Van Halen' phenomenon) rocket electrons around the Earth at near light speed. One scientist just figured out how it's done.<p><b>As the Sun's churning surface lets loose</b> a belch of white-hot flame, it sends out a storm of …

Speed Of Light

Steam And Groundwater Raise Concern At Japanese Nuclear Plant

The troubles at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began over two years ago when an earthquake and tsunami sparked meltdowns in three reactors. But events over the past week serve as reminder that the problems are far from over.<p>First, a remote camera spotted steam rising from one of the melted …

Watch These Magnetic Droplets Dance [Video]

Bust a move, ferrofluids.<p>We're suckers for a fluid that can dance. These magnetic water droplets, or ferrofluids, can switch between a static self-assembling state—in which the structure organizes itself when the system reaches an energy equilibrium—and a dynamic state, in which the self-assembly …

We don’t really want to hear new music

<b>WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS / U. TEXAS – AUSTIN (US) —</b> Even though people say they prefer to listen to unfamiliar music, new research suggests novelty …

The World's First Human-Made Nuclear Reactor

BeerSci: How Beer Gets Its Color

Meet the two chemical reactions that most influence the malt character and color of your brew.<p>Before you read this column, I urge you to pop open a belated birthday beer. Pour that beer into a clear glass (pint or tulip, your choice), hold it up to the light, and take a good look at the color.<p>Two …

Offsetting Emissions: Wetland Plants Counter Carbon

A 19-year Smithsonian study of wetland plants and carbon dioxide offers new hope about the planet’s resilience.<p>When carbon dioxide levels rise, …

The Physics Of Usain Bolt's Record-Breaking Sprint

Usain Bolt's historic 100m dash at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.<p>In 2009, at the World Championships in Berlin, Usain Bolt beat his own previous world record by 0.11 seconds, running a 9.58-second 100-meter dash. The record is getting more and more difficult to break, as it's history shows …