Breaking information about what is going on at the two Fukushima nuclear power plants—Daiichi (where most of the trouble is) and Daini—has often conflicted with other reports, points out Cristine Russell in The Atlantic. She's criticizing the round-the-clock cycle of cable news coverage for confusing the public, and adding more fear and stress to an already fear-and-stress-filled situation. A big part of the problem: Knowing which sources to trust. Here's two recommendations from Russell that earn big thumbs up from me:
Some of the most reliable information is coming from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to which Japanese authorities must report. Reports involving unnamed "officials," which CNN and others used frequently this weekend, should be handled with caution.
I'd add to that a recommendation for World Nuclear News. They are an industry publication&mash;funded by the World Nuclear Association, which is a professional organization that does education within the nuclear industry, and promotes nuclear power to the general public. Given that, I wouldn't rely on them as an only source. But they are doing a really good job of regularly (but not too regularly) updating what is happening at the various reactors and, more importantly, keeping that information in context, so that it's easy to keep track of how many reactors are involved, and what is happening at each.
That's a pretty important feature for anyone trying to follow this story from home. Better yet, when new news comes in, they've been updating directly in the previous story, and making notes at the top of the page about what was updated. It seems like a small thing, but it can help a lot if, like me, you've been feeling a bit like you're drowning in information. Keep in mind, though: They seem to be abandoning article pages at the end of each day, and starting a new page, which then gets all the new updates. So if you're looking at an article from Sunday, you're seeing everything that happened that day, but not what's happened since then.
After half a century of war, the Colombian government and Farc rebels say they have reached a historic peace agreement. The two sides have been meeting in Havana, Cuba since November 2012. Both signed a bilateral ceasefire in June, which was needed before a final agreement could be reached. An estimated 220,000 people have died […]
U.S. officials are investigating online security attacks that targeted reporters at The New York Times in Moscow. A U.S. official said Tuesday that the Times was among various U.S. news organizations targeted. CNN was first to report the story, and the Times has since confirmed and corrected some details.
Gawker.com, the pioneering and controversial media blog, officially died yesterday. It was killed by billionaire Peter Thiel in his successful quest to bankrupt Gawker Media Group through a series of lawsuits he funded – most notably wrestler Hulk Hogan, who sued over the publication of a portion of his sex tape four years ago.
If you’re looking to earn a top salary in the tech industry, there’s no better career than coding. However, sometimes the hardest part of entering this career path is knowing where to begin.We took the Complete Web Developer Course because it took that decision out of our hands. This course teaches beginner-friendly coding languages that will also help land an immediate […]
To be a Pokémon master, you’ll need a phone that won’t constantly die on you. Because nothing is worse than seeing the screen go black right as you’ve finally found the Charizard of your dreams.That’s why we’re so excited about the LinearFlux PokeCharger Portable Battery ($39.99). With its 3.0 Amp HyperCharging technology, this slim battery will […]
The tech industry is constantly innovating, and in order to stay competitive, you’ll need to keep up. The Programming Into the Future Bundle was created to teach you the skills employers are looking for at this very moment, including in-demand coding languages like Google Go.The bundle of courses includes instruction on a range of innovative tools that advanced coders […]