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  • Shape-shifting robot reveals secrets of Fukushima reactor

    Two robots that can change their shape on command have provided the most detailed look yet inside the heart of reactor number 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan.

    Written by Martyn Williams18 April 15 08:10
  • Tokyo faces big power shortages this summer

    Tokyo and surrounding areas face a large shortfall in electricity this summer and blackouts could become more frequent and widespread, Tokyo Electric Power warned on Friday.

    Written by Martyn Williams25 March 11 20:27
  • Inside a Japanese nuclear power station

    The battle to tame the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has filled television screens for the last few days. The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit on March 11 and subsequent cooling problems caused a nuclear accident that likely means the plant will never be restarted.

    Written by Martyn Williams22 March 11 16:26
  • A legacy from the 1800s leaves Tokyo facing blackouts

    East Japan entered its fifth day of power rationing on Friday, with no end to the planned blackouts in sight. The power shortages began last week when a massive earthquake and tsunami knocked nuclear power stations offline. The local electrical utility can't make up the shortfall by importing power from another region, though, because Japan lacks a national power grid, a consequence of a decision taken in the late 1800s.

    Written by Martyn Williams18 March 11 20:43
  • Japan facing major electricity supply problems, blackouts

    A series of planned electricity blackouts will begin rolling through regions in most of eastern Japan on Monday. The blackouts are intended to manage a dramatic fall in power generation capacity caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on Friday.

    Written by Martyn Williams14 March 11 02:38
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