Several of Japan's nuclear power plants, especially the Fukushima Naiishi plant in northeastern Japan, are experiencing serious problems in the wake of Friday's earthquake and tsunami. If you've been following the news, you've seen some pretty alarming stuff going on at this plant--terms like "explosion," "partial meltdown," "evacuation," and "radiation exposure." With details sparse from the chaotic scene, here's what you need to know to understand and make sense of the news unfolding in Japan.
Earth-mapping satellites have been snapping photos of the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week. Combined with earlier photos, the images put the path of destruction carved by the tsunami into stark relief.
Seismologists are putting together some impressive computer models of the devastating earthquake that struck Japan Friday. As the tragedy continues to unfold, it’s pretty breathtaking to see the Earth’s destructive power in action.
As Japan reels from a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck Friday afternoon, technology is helping survivors connect with loved ones and keeping the rest of the world informed. Google launched a version of its Person Finder service so people can search for loved ones or post an update letting others know they’re safe. And others are posting crisis platforms and interactive maps with up-to-date warnings.
The stealth club just keeps on growing. China's new mysterious jet prototype, thought to be a stealth fighter prototype to rival America's F-22 Raptor, made its public debut just after the New Year in a series of "leaked" photos and video clips. Now, a Japanese senior military officer says Japan will test its own homegrown stealth fighter in just three years.
The latest Geminoid robot is one of the most realistic, and thus creepiest, android we've ever seen. The skin, hair, goatee (!), and facial expressions are real enough to fool you for a few seconds while it sinks in that something very, very weird is going on.
Who says robots can't feel? Toyota showed off its humanoid robots' ability to let the music move them last weekend in Tokyo at an event soundtracked by a couple of humanoids playing the violin and the trumpet with human accompaniment.
A Japanese inventor has figured out a way to convert plastic grocery bags, bottles and caps back into the petroleum from whence they came, providing a ready fuel source for individual homes that also diverts waste from landfills.
The proliferation of space debris surrounding our planet isn't just a theoretical problem--flying extraterrestrial garbage can cause damage to satellites, manned and unmanned space missions, and even the International Space Station.