Monday, March 24, 2014

Smoking Is More Dangerous Than Fukushima Radiation

Source: Forbes

Even the most affected individuals — those who remained in highly contaminated towns within the 20-kilometer evacuation zone for four months following the disaster — only have a faintly higher risk of developing cancer. Last year, the World Health Organization reported a “7% higher risk of leukemia in males exposed as infants, a 6% higher risk of breast cancer in females exposed as infants and a 4% higher risk, overall, of developing solid cancers for females.” The WHO also reported that, for girls exposed as infants, 1.25 out of 100 will develop thyroid cancer, compared to the previous rate of 0.75 out of 100.

By comparison, smoking raises the risk of lung cancer by upwards of 2000%.

Now, a new study from a massive team of Japanese researchers shows that for people living more than twenty kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi, the elevated cancer risk is even more diminutive. Their results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Are Babies Dying in the Pacific Northwest Due to Fukushima? A Look at the Numbers

Source: Scientific American

By Michael Moyer | June 21, 2011

A recent article on the Al Jazeera English web site cites a disturbing statistic: infant mortality in certain U.S. Northwest cities spiked by 35 percent in the weeks following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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Let’s first consider the data that the authors left out of their analysis. It’s hard to understand why the authors stopped at these eight cities. Why include Boise but not Tacoma? Or Spokane? Both have about the same size population as Boise, they’re closer to Japan, and the CDC includes data from Tacoma and Spokane in the weekly reports.

More important, why did the authors choose to use only the four weeks preceding the Fukushima disaster? Here is where we begin to pick up a whiff of data fixing.

Ambri - MIT’s Liquid Metal Stores Solar Power Until After Sundown

Source: Bloomerg

A 40-foot trailer loaded with 25 tons of liquid metals may be the solution to the renewable-energy industry’s biggest challenge: making sure electricity is available whenever it’s needed.

A Boston-area startup founded by MIT researchers is working to turn this new concept into a commercially viable product, liquid-metal batteries that will store power for less than $500 a kilowatt-hour. That’s less than a third the cost of some current battery technologies.