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,…

Safecast Geiger Counter Reference Design

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The following is a post by contributing author bunnie, mirrored from the bunniestudios blog. This past weekend marked the anniversary of the Tohoku-Oki earthquake that devastated Japan. I had not felt my blood so cold since I watched the twin towers fall almost a…

Measuring Radiation in Snow

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On January 22-23 it snowed heavily in Tokyo. To see if it affects radiation measurements I ran out with a few geiger counters to see if I could detect any change. Snow in Tokyo To measure the fresh snow I used 3 geiger counters…

New Safecast Global Map

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For the last few months our visualization team at MIT in Cambridge lead by Anthony DeVincenzi have been working hard on some new visualizations of our data, the first of those is live now. This has a number of improvements from our earlier maps…