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Asia’s biggest tech fair opens in Japan

Smartphones detecting bad breath and radiation, twistable remote controls and a super-thin tablet computer featured among the cutting-edge gadgets at Asia’s biggest tech fair in Japan on Tuesday. Around 600 firms unveiled their innovations at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (Ceatec) exhibition in Chiba, near Tokyo, expected to draw 200,000 visitors during its five-day run,…

Nuclear experts to help Fukushima decontamination

The UN atomic agency IAEA said Tuesday it was sending 12international experts to Japan on October 7-15 to assist the country with clean-up efforts after the nuclear accident of Fukushima in March. The experts “will go to several locations in the Fukushima Prefecture and conduct meetings in Tokyo with Japanese officials to provide assistance to Japan in its plans…

Japan halts Fukushima cattle shipments on radiation worries

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government ordered the suspension of all shipments of beef cattle from Fukushima prefecture on Tuesday after discovering that cattle fed rice straw contaminated with high levels of radioactive cesium had been shipped nationwide. The discovery has added to consumer worries over food safety following contamination incidents…

Japan scare grows over radiation-tainted beef

A scare over radiation-tainted beef in Japan spread on Monday as more cows from seven farms in the Fukushima region were found to have been trucked across the country after eating contaminated straw. The 411 cattle, from the same prefecture as the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, were sent to…

Radiation from airport TSA body scanners ‘minor’

A new study of airport body scanners by U.S. Army scientists shows that the machines produce a low dose of radiation, supporting Transportation Security Administration claims that a screening is equivalent to the radiation a passenger gets in two minutes of flying. The scanners, which use X-rays to check for objects…

Japan groups alarmed by radioactive soil

TOKYO — Soil radiation in a city 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Japan’s stricken nuclear plant is above levels that prompted resettlement after the Chernobyl disaster, citizens’ groups said Tuesday. The survey of four locations in Fukushima city, outside the nuclear evacuation zone, showed that all soil samples contained caesium…

Cell phones ‘don’t cause cancer’: study

LONDON — Scientific evidence goes increasingly against the theory that mobile phones cause cancer, a new study has concluded. The review carried out for the Institute of Cancer Research found “no convincing evidence of a link” between the technology and brain tumours. The panel, set up by the International Commission…

Report: 75% of U.S. nukes sites leaked radioactive tritium

Most of the commercial nuclear power sites in the U.S. have leaked radioactive tritium, according to a recent investigation. The Associated Press found that 48 of the 65 power stations in the U.S. had reported leaking tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) records blamed many…

Japan finds radiation traces in whales

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese whale hunters have found traces of radioactive caesium in two of the ocean giants recently harpooned off its shores in the Pacific Ocean, a fisheries agency official said Wednesday. Two minke whales culled off the northern island of Hokkaido showed readings of 31 becquerels and 24.3…

NASA: Huge solar flare may disrupt power and communications

WASHINGTON — An unusual solar flare observed by a NASA space observatory on Tuesday could cause some disruptions to satellite communications and power on Earth over the next day or so, officials said. The potent blast from the Sun unleashed a firestorm of radiation on a level not witnessed since…

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