(IMAGE: Before and after shots of structures that house nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant in Japan, where an explosion occurred on Friday—blowing the roof off the building shown at right. This is one of four nuclear power plants in Japan now in trouble, after a devastating 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.)
Kyodo News service, Japan: "The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said a cooling system pump stopped operating at Tokai No. 2 Power Station, a nuclear power plant, in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture."
Related: Japan's nuclear safety agency says the Onagawa plant that reported higher than normal radioactivity levels is said to be "functioning properly." The increased levels are believed to have been caused by leakage at nearby Fukushima.
An updated NYT overview of the rapidly unfolding nuclear crisis here. A total of four nuclear plants in Japan are in crisis, and the government reports that up to 141 people are confirmed to have been exposed to radiation, three of whom have radiation sickness.
Way back in 2011, major American automakers were slow to realize that “companies in Silicon Valley have for some time been looking at cars just like another mobile device or app.” When the disruption, hit, it hit hard, writes Nick Bilton:
This is NASA’s new “space fabric” in development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Founded in 1970 as Xerox’s R&D division, PARC was a dream factory that brought the world laser printing, Ethernet, the graphical user interface that led to Windows and the Macintosh, ubiquitous computing, and many other technologies that we now take for granted. Why made the place so damn special? Alan Kay, who pioneered networked computing […]
Bamboo has lots of uses beyond just being panda food. Things like bikes, roads, scaffolding, and musical instruments are made from the fast-growing grass. But unless you are participating in a tropical-themed LARP, you probably wouldn’t want a shirt made from bamboo stalks. So why do bamboo bed sheets make any sense? Because yarn extracted from […]
If you want to work in tech, but don’t have any desire to code web apps to help businesses sell things to other business, you might want to consider a career in cybersecurity. Judging from the apparent complete infiltration of Russian hackers in American cyberspace, it seems fair to speculate that there’s a major shortage of […]
All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]