Monitoring Fallout Decay

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One of the great utilities of the Safecast project is the ability to collect and analyze environmental data on an unprecedented scale. As Safecast passes the two year mark with collecting radiation data in Japan it is now possible to begin to look back…

The bGeigie Nano Kit

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The biggest limitation Safecast has faced in collecting data is the limited availability of our workhorse device, the bGeigie. The design works great, but it’s expensive (each one costs us about $1000) and time consuming (building one can take an entire week) which results…

Why is “Is it safe?” a hard question?

Top or bottom? Safe or not?

We are getting a lot of questions, both at info@safecast.org and through the Safecast group from concerned people – they all try to understand some aspect of radiation or another. And of course, many people ask similar questions, but without doubt the most often…

GLC hits over a mIllion points!

Safecasters Joe Moross (far left) and Pieter Franken (far right), flanking GLC's bGeigie team.

Global Survey Corp., which goes by the initials “GLC,” has been mapping Japan’s roads since 2005. Their data is used in many car navi systems, as well as for quite a few specialized applications. For instance, since 2009, the company has been measuring and…

Information, Misinformation, Disinformation (or, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”) Part 1

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“YOU CAN’T ALWAYS FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR…..” [Skip to Part 2] At Safecast we assumed from the start that our data should be accurate, easy to understand, informative, well-visualized, and easily accessible. In many respects this simply reflects “best practices” in information design,…

Information, Misinformation, Disinformation (or, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”) Part 2

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GOVERNMENT MONITORING POSTS [Part 1 here] In recent months there has been a fair amount of controversy concerning the accuracy of the radiation monitoring posts the government has installed all over Fukushima prefecture, and in some neighboring prefectures as well. We wrote about it…

Building bGeigies in Aizu

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Hikone 2012-12-19 From One Spike to 45 Blinking LED’s. From one Spike on a Software Scope in a Brazil Bar in Tokyo to 45 Blinking LEDs, the Sound of Fake Digital Crickets in a Science Room in Aizu. (A short summery of part of…

Safecast Geiger Counter Limited Edition!

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Earlier this year we announced a new geiger counter, designed by bunnie that we were hoping would be in production soon. We’re excited to announce two things – Firstly International Medcom is full steam ahead on a full production run of these devices that…

NORWAY STILL RADIOACTIVE 26 YEARS AFTER CHERNOBYL

26 years have passed since the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Many countries in Europe were affected of the radioactive fallout, including Norway which is roughly 2500 kilometers away from Chernobyl. On May 18, 2012 The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) reported about a new helicopter…

Safecasting Fukushima Live Report

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Today we are Safecasting from Tokyo to Minami Soma, Fukushima. Driving today are Joe and Kalin with self in the back seat handling communications (ahem) Today’s goal is to measure a hotspot we recently found on our map in Minami Soma, take soil samples,…

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