Decon or Con? How is remediation being managed, and how effective is it?

This schoolyard in Iitate was decontaminated in January, 2012. Will it ever be deemed fit to use again?

HOW EFFECTIVE IS DECONTAMINATION ANYWAY?

Does the Japanese government have a clear plan for decontaminating Fukushima Prefecture? Are the aims they’ve stated really feasible? Is anyone really able to keep track of the changing standards and guidelines? Lately the ministries …

Safecast Air Force (drone program)

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The above video is a hexacopter with an onboard bGeigie Nano taking radiation readings in flight and broadcasting live via wifi. It’s the result of the just finished week long Safecast hackathon that just took place in Cambridge, MA.

There …

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 …

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 …

Why is “Is it safe?” a hard question?

Top or bottom? Safe or not?

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 …

GLC hits over a mIllion points!

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

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 …

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

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Whose job is it to make this stuff easy to understand?

“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, …

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

FUKUDROID COMPARE

A MEXT radiation monitoring post, aka “droid,” of a common type manufactured by NEC . This one is at the former Akasawa Elementary School in Aizu-Misato.

GOVERNMENT MONITORING POSTS

[Part 1 here] In recent months there has been a fair …

Building bGeigies in Aizu

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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 …

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 …