An Experimental Fuel Rod Coating Could Prevent the Next Fukushima

The 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, triggered by an earthquake and tsunami, has created an ongoing environmental and public health crisis. Nuclear experts say that the greatest radiation-releasing damage to the plant may have been caused by the explosion of built-up hydrogen as the plant… » 7/27/13 3:30pm 7/27/13 3:30pm

Japan's Nuclear Problem Explained in an Easy to Understand Video

The Japanese Nuclear situation at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is ongoing and ever-changing but if you were curious at how and what happened to cause such problems, this NHK video serves as a great explainer (it's easy to understand, too). The video details the three safety precautions created to cool the nuclear… » 3/16/11 12:40pm 3/16/11 12:40pm

70% Nuclear Rods Damaged on Fukushima Reactor 1, 33% Damaged on Reactor…

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)—the company that runs the Fukushima nuclear plants—says that 70% of the fuel rods have been damaged on the reactor 1 and 33% have been damaged on reactor 2. "The reactors' cores are believed to have partially melted" says the Japanese news agency Kyodo. Sadly, this confirms the… » 3/15/11 7:50pm 3/15/11 7:50pm

A Meltdown May Be Under Way at Japan Nuclear Power Plant

An official with Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency told CNN that "a meltdown may be under way at one of Fukushima Daiichi's nuclear power reactors" (the plant that exploded). Earlier, it looked like things would be under control but the company began to experience difficulty cooling the reactor, even… » 3/12/11 6:15pm 3/12/11 6:15pm

10 Gadgets to Help You Survive the Oncoming Economic Apocalypse

Well, things aren't looking too great economy-wise. We might just be headed for a depression, which means you'll need to start changing your lifestyle. While you may start out by changing your lifestyle in subtle ways, you need to be mentally prepared for the fact that more, well, drastic measures may be necessary… » 10/02/08 2:00pm 10/02/08 2:00pm

Furutech DFV-1 LP Flattener Irons Your Warped Vinyl

We've known Furutech to build some crazy home theater accessories like the DeMag, so it doesn't surprise us that they also make the DFV-1, a vinyl LP flattener that relies on precision heating and cooling to get the job done. For $1,480, it might be overkill for repairing my now unplayable Christmas in the Stars Star… » 9/21/07 10:50am 9/21/07 10:50am