Safecasting Iraq: Open Data to Open Doors

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Last month I was invited to facilitate some data visualization workshops at the Peace Tech camps in Erbil Iraq. One of the NGO’s I was working with was attempting to visualize a study to raise awareness about the issue of depleted uranium in Iraq….

Safecasting the IAEA

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Day 1, Feb 16, 2014 Joe and I are in Vienna this week to attend an IAEA expert meeting which starts Monday. SAFECAST was invited to make a presentation about our methods and results, and I’ll be the one giving the talk, which is…

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…

FAQ: Contaminated Food In Japan

We frequently get emails from people traveling to Japan asking if it’s safe to eat the food in country, for fear of contamination from Fukushima and thought the answer we’ve been sending out recently would be helpful/informative for others as well. [Edited to clarify…

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…

Current Fukushima Exclusion Zone Map

As you may have heard the exclusion (evacuation) zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to be adjusted to allow people into areas with lower radiation levels, and move them out of areas with higher levels. There has been no easy way to see…

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…

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…