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Fukushima, Six Years Later

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster could have been much worse. But it may have been avoidable. Meltdowns and non-nuclear explosions at the power plant didn’t directly kill anyone. More than 40 patients who were evacuated from a nearby hospital died … Continue reading

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Old Truths, New Aspects

The biggest critters with backbones are living today: baleen whales. Finding the largest of them started getting harder about a century back. We didn’t quite drive the blue and fin whales to extinction, happily. We’re learning when they got so … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Whirligig Icebergs

Climate change is still in the news. Don’t worry, I won’t rant about impending doom, or say that Earth’s climate isn’t changing. This planet’s climate has been changing for several billion years. I’d be astounded if it stopped changing now. … Continue reading

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Mars: Leaky Red Planet

What we’re learning about Mars, and a new type of really small spacecraft, reminded me of earth, air and kilts. Also pharaohs, Thomas Paine, and Lord Kelvin. By then I was running out of time to write something more tightly-organized. … Continue reading

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