8 year old bGeigie Builder

[:en] We have a new record: Our youngest bGeigie builder ever! While we’ve organized and helped with many workshops for children future scientists around the world, we usually focus on the science behind community environmental monitoring and very easy and quick kit builds. Building a bGeigie is a serious time and mental commitment that can…

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Open Letter Regarding Decommissioning Sensors in Fukushima

[:en] To Whom It May Concern, In a report titled 「リアルタイム線量測定システムの配置の見直しについて(案)」 (Review of placement of real-time dosimetry system (draft)) published on March 30, 2018, the NRA announced their plan to remove and/or relocate approximately 80% of the more than 2800 realtime monitoring stations installed in Fukushima since 2011. Among other things, the report argues that…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Travelling Through Invisible Time In Fukushima

[:en] The following is a collection of impressions and thoughts from a recent trip to the Fukushima region with Safecast. It is a personal account of the trip and should be read as such. March 13th, 2018, approximately 3.30 pm The high school looks and feels like almost any other that you can find throughout…

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Safecast sensors and local volunteers document effect of SoCal brush fires

[:en] Safecast has two Solarcast Air Quality devices located close to the area in Southern California hit by brush fires this week. Local volunteer Meeno Peluce also photo documented the fires in Montecito Heights in LA, near a Solarcast sensor that he hosts.   The location of this sensor can be seen in the lower…

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Safecast bGeigieNanoKit V1.4.1 features

[:en]  Introduction: Firmware V1.4.1 for the bGeigieNano is available now at github.com/Safecast/bGeigieNanoKit. A 5-second hotspot reading feature has been added. This should be especially useful for finding out exactly where the radiation is highest in a given area, and for finding the source. A video about the added functionality can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=1GF0vf3rVHw It has…

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Safecast devices used for first readings inside a US nuclear plant

[:en] Safecast-collaborators from the NGO Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE) recently used a bGeigie Nano when visiting the site of the San Onofre nuclear plant in California (you can see the measurements here). It was the first time that Safecast’s devices have been used to make measurements inside a US nuclear facility.  …

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PART 2: Radioactive water at Fukushima Daiichi: What should be done?

[:en] Photo: Kyodo/Reuters (Part 1 here)                (Related Japan Times article here) DOES THE PUBLIC HAVE A SAY? For their part, representatives of the government and TEPCO I have spoken with invariably stress how important it is to them to reach understand and agreement with all stakeholders, the Fukushima fisheries coops in particular, and to respond to…

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PART 1: Radioactive water at Fukushima Daiichi: What should be done?

[:en] Photo: Safecast An shorter article on the same subject was recently published in the Japan Times; this blog post provides more technical detail and sources of information. 850,000 TONS Of all the conflicts and consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi NPP disaster, the contaminated water issue is one of the most complicated, contentious, and potentially…

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The bGeigie Diaries: The Temple Tale Of Fukushima City

[:en] Sadamaru Okano is a Zen priest at the Seirinji temple in the Fukushima region. He is one of the few individuals to have systematically collected radiation data in Fukushima that predates the Safecast data set. Here he speaks about his experiences in Fukushima around the time of  the earthquake of 2011 and why he…

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Safecast bGeigie featured in recent museum exhibitions

[:en] The bGeigie has been taking a small break from its day job collecting radiation data and touring museums in Asia and North America. The visits are merely a different kind of work, though, as Safecast’s bGeigie Nano and data visualizations have been featured two interesting recent exhibitions. One, called “Make It Make It,” was at…

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