bGeigies on Webmap

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bGeigie + Webmap Every drive by Safecast volunteers tells a story.  Hopefully an exciting and highly radioactive one.  But in any case, we’ve added tools to help you visualize and share these efforts to the Safecast webmap. What’s new with this bGeigie log viewer?…

(in Japanese) bGeigie “how to” videos

Volunteer Kiki Tanaka has posted several short YouTube videos showing how to use the bGeigie Nano. They’re in Japanese only (accessible from the Japanese side of this blog), but we hope to have English language versions up soon as well. Meanwhile, check out Sean’s…

Safecast OS X App Now Available

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Mac OS X users are in for a treat with the release of our native desktop client. Available now in the app store. Hand built with with love by Safecaster Nick Dolezal, the official Safecast app brings our extensive dataset (over 21 million datapoints!)…

Updated Safecast Webmap!

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Since the unfortunate demise of our GeoSense map platform we haven’t had recent visualization of Safecast data available to web users. Last week Safecast volunteer Nick Dolezal (mastermind behind the Safecast iOS app) tried out an experiment and it worked fantastically. I’m excited to…

Radiation on California Beaches

[UPDATE 3/2014: The CDPH did their own study and confirmed our findings below, the report of their findings can be found here] In December this rather shocking video titled “Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco! (Dec 2013)” was posted to YouTube To date it’s been…

Useful Data

Safecast was started because of a lack of what we considered to be useful data. We’ve talked before about the difference between correct and useful information and this is a perfect example. We saw data published with no information about how readings were taken,…

Inside Daiichi

Another milestone for us today – this one quite significant. Until now we’ve been able to measure the exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant but we haven’t been inside the actual grounds – having quite literally run into the gates around the…

All Seven Continents Safecasted

Safecaster Ryan recently put on his heavy coat and took a trip to Antarctica, brining along a trusty bGeigie and took these readings – making it official that Safecast has measured all seven continents! Nothing scary or unexpected here – everything is around 40 to 50…

Ethan Zuckerman Goes Safecasting (and gets kicked out by armed guards)

Ethan Zuckerman, director the Center for Civic Media at MIT and friend of Safecast posse everywhere, took a bGeigie Nano for a spin the other day with the intent of checking out some depreciated nuclear facilities not too far from his house. He was successful, at least…

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 tasked with managing this…