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Archives for September 2015

Saturday, 9/5/15

We got an early start in Tokyo, because we wanted to get to Kyoto relatively quickly. We got the shinkansen Hikari, which is the second fastest type of shinkansen there is. It took a little over 2 and a half hours to get to Kyoto. There, we checked into the Kyoto Tower Hotel and went […]

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Friday, 9/4/15

We had a continental breakfast at the hotel before getting on the subway for the Tokyo Institute of Technology. There, we met with Professor Saito to discuss several different activities, including his DOJO program, where several students from Berkeley have participated. He took us to a delicious lunch on the campus, which consisted of several […]

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Thursday, 9/3/15

Thursday morning we were taken to Fukushima University, to meet the president, vice president, multiple professors, and the director of the Institute for Environmental Radioactivity. At the meeting we talked about the Symposium, as well as several other topics. We were then taken to the Institute, to receive several presentations, and be taken on a […]

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Major Bay Area media outlets cover helicopter flyover

Major Bay Area media outlets, as well as local news stations, reported on the low-flying helicopter, which buzzed by the UC Berkeley campus, Downtown San Francisco, Pacifica, and around the Bay Area this week. The National Nuclear Security Administration helicopter was participating in a Department of Homeland Security project to measure natural background radiation. The team […]

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Wednesday, 9/2/15

Kinya Sakanishi took us to the institute where he works, the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, which is part of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. We met the director, Mr. Owadano, and were shown around the facility, which includes many different kinds of solar power panels, as well as a wind turbine. […]

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Tuesday, 9/1/15

We got an early start today because we wanted to walk around the village a little bit before having breakfast, so Professor Takamura, from the University of Nagasaki, who was with us in Kawauchi Village, introduced us to Mr. Ako Moto, an elderly man who was the only person who did not evacuate the village […]

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IAEA Releases Director General’s Report on Fukushima Daiichi Accident

  The IAEA has released a report on the Fukushima accident, which is accompanied by the release of five technical volumes containing analysis about the accident from international experts. Find a copy of the report & technical volumes at: https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-releases-director-general%E2%80%99s-report-fukushima-daiichi-accident The report and volumes are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. A full Japanese […]

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Time-Lapse Analysis Offers New Look at How Cells Repair DNA Damage

A computerized way has been developed to measure DNA repair in thousands of human mammary epithelial cells before and after they’re exposed to ionizing radiation. Microscopy images are acquired about every half hour over a span of up to two days, and the resulting sequence of images shows hotspots inside cells where DNA is under […]

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Low-Flying Helicopter Near Lab This Week

The Applied Nuclear Physics program is participating in a research project sponsored by Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office to improve gamma radiation sensing technology. Naturally occurring background radiation will be collected with a DOE National Nuclear Security Administration helicopter. More> Source: Today at Berkeley Lab

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Cellular Contamination Pathway Identified for Plutonium and Other Heavy Elements

Berkeley Lab scientists have reported a major advance in understanding the biological chemistry of radioactive metals, opening up new avenues of research into strategies for remedial action in the event of possible human exposure to nuclear contaminants. Source: Today at Berkeley Lab

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