Archive for: May, 2011

OIL Now Leaking From Reactors 5 and 6

Oil was leaking into the sea from heavy oil tanks for reactors 5 and 6 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday, adding the spill may have been ongoing since the March 11 quake and tsunami. Tepco said workers at the site saw an oil slick floating on the [...]

Food Prices to Soar up to 180%

Oxfam is warning that the already record-breaking price of staple foods could more than double by 2030.  It says we’re embarking on an era of permanent food crisis that will hardest hit the most vulnerable, the poor, and spark unrest.  By 2050, Oxfam predicts that demand for food will rise by 70 percent. Yet our [...]

Hacking Computers May Be Considered an Act Of War

The Pentagon is sending a warning to nations who are considering engaging the US in cyber-warfare and has concluded that attacks coming from another country can constitute an “act of war,” which gives U.S. the right to respond using traditional military force, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Similar to how international treaties guided [...]

Fukushima Cleanup Could Cost Up to $250 Billion

A private think tank says the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could cost Japan up to 250 billion dollars over the next 10 years. The estimate is part of the Nuclear Safety Commission’s ongoing survey of opinions on the disaster from nuclear and other experts. Kazumasa Iwata, president of the Japan Center for [...]

Asus to Release Padphone

Asus has officially announced the Padfone – one of its most daring devices ever. The Padfone is an Android smartphone which comes by default with a complementary 10 inch tablet (also Android-based) to which it can be docked. This smartphone-tablet combo lets you use a single SIM card for both devices. When the handset is [...]

Radiation In Water Samples Test 600 Times The National Limit In Japan

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant says it has detected higher levels of radioactive materials in seawater samples taken near the water intake at one of the reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Company says it detected 24 becquerels of radioactive iodine-131 per cubic centimeter in samples collected near the water intake for the [...]

New Super Pill May Erase Bad Memories

University of Montreal researchers say that the drug metyrapone reduces the brain’s ability to re-record the negative emotions associated with painful memories. In other words, bad memories are effectively blocked from being recalled or remembered. The team’s study challenges the theory that memories cannot be modified once they are stored in the brain. “Metyrapone is [...]

Warm Surge for the Holiday Weekend

Weekend View; Courtesy of Accuweather In a pattern that has been relentless in many parts of the country, a window of warm will welcome in the Memorial Day Weekend for the Ohio Valley. After Wednesday night’s severe thunderstorm event, that produced up to 13 tornadoes in Indiana, the next few days should be pretty uneventful. [...]

Another Disaster in the Heartland

Yet another massive tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri in the late afternoon on Sunday, May 22. As a lover for weather how does one write about disaster and heartache. Over the last few days, words cannot describe what happened in Joplin or for that matter Tuscaloosa, Raleigh, or even Piedmont, Oklahoma on [...]

Super Typhoon Songda Could be Headed for Eastern Japan

With Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons among us, we focus our weather attention to Asia once again.  A super Typhoon is bearing down on the Philippines with sustained winds of 160mph and gusts as high as 195mph.  Songda is a dangerous storm with very strong winds and torrential rain and could create havoc for small vessels [...]

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