Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Photo: Tatsuo Niitsuma and his wife, Yoko, in Iwaki, Japan, this month. Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

The water from the Fukushima disaster is more radioactive than the authorities have previously publicized, raising doubts about government assurances that it will be made safe.

IWAKI, Japan — The overpowering earthquake and tsunami that ripped through northern Japan in March 2011 took so much from Tatsuo Niitsuma, a commercial fisherman … [more…]

‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

‘Only Option’: Japan May Dump Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Pacific Ocean

Photo: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, seen on Feb. 22, 2016. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s environment minister said the country will have to dump large quantities of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was damaged during the March 2011 earthquake, because the facility is running out of room.

During the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, three Fukushima reactors were damaged. However, by 2022, storage space will … [more…]

Study: Humans Are Forcing Dolphins To Simplify How They Talk

Humans Are Forcing Dolphins To Simplify How They Talk To Each Other, Study Finds

It’s well known that dolphins are among the world’s smartest creatures, and humans are among the world’s most annoying. The marine mammals, which use a complex pattern of squeaks and whistles to communicate with each other under water are having trouble hearing themselves think because the nearby humans, with their noisy boats and shipping lanes, are making such a ruckus.

A study published in this week’s edition of Biology Letters[more…]

Massive Kraken Spotted Underwater in Japanese Harbor by Akinobu Kimura

photo: giant squid (also see the video here). This Massive Kraken Was Spotted Underwater In A Japanese Harbor by Akinobu Kimura

Opportunities to see giant squid in open waters are extremely rare. Although these mammoth sea creatures live in all of the world’s oceans, they prefer to make their homes in deep waters, out of sight of divers.

Akinobu Kimura lucked out in his chance encounter with a giant squid in the relatively shallow waters of Toyama Bay in Japan. He was even able to capture it on video.

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New species of ‘water bears’ discovered in parking lot — tardigrades

New species of ‘water bear’ discovered in Japanese parking lot

It’s not often that a microscopic organism gains celebrity status, but that’s exactly what tardigrades have managed to accomplish. The tiny organisms often called “water bears” due to their stout body shapes, have gained popularity thanks to their undeniable cuteness and incredible resiliency. Considered “micro-animals,” tardigrades are thought to date back as far as 530 million years and they’re still around today.

Now, an entirely new species of the tiny … [more…]