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Orcas Island Funhouse: Science Fair

March 26, 2011
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Orcas Island Funhouse: Science Fair

30 Pea Patch Lane WA 98245-9728 (360) 376-7177 The Funhouse is the short name for The Funhouse Discovery Center of Orcas Island, Washington. Founded by local activists in the Spring of 1999, The Funhouse is a not-for-profit community center that fosters fun and learning with dozens of hands-on kid-friendly science exhibits, a computer lab, complete audio and video production studios, a huge library of...

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Very Fast Charging Battery

March 26, 2011
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Public release date: 20-Mar-2011 CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The batteries in Illinois professor Paul Braun’s lab look like any others, but they pack a surprise inside. Braun’s group developed a three-dimensional nanostructure for battery cathodes that allows for dramatically faster charging and discharging without sacrificing energy storage capacity. The researchers’ findings will be published in the March 20 advance online edition of the journal Nature...

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March 18 – March 27 Radiation Animation the missing loop

March 25, 2011
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Back around 3/12 many EPA monitors began reporting not available due to quality check. In some areas, like San Diego, large numbers of days of data are missing. It led me to believe some of these are real problems, some are higher than normal levels, levels where exposure for a long time was a problem but short exposure was not a problem. However, the...

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Apple Approves DiZaster Monitor App Version 1.1

March 21, 2011
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Apple Approves DiZaster Monitor App Version 1.1

The disaster in Japan isn’t about us, the nuclear radiation cloud currently floating over America. In 1988, the Chinese detonated an above ground atomic bomb that covered the US in radioactive materials. We live with the fact that there is a bit of fallout even from our own nuclear program.. What we want is prevention, and mitigation of problems. Last year I took it...

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Reasonable Caution Ahead of Emergency Situations

March 18, 2011
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There is no danger as of the date of this post. I don’t expect any. If there is a danger of radioactive fallout in your area, there are some basic things you can do to avoid being injured. The fact is, even if there is some dangerous fallout, by taking precautions you can survive just fine. I’ve collected basic survival information Share via social...

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Reduce Land Fill Waste: phones, computers, displays

March 17, 2011
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Apple has a wonderful program to help us cut waste volume leaving the Island. By recycling computers, phones and displays, you may get something back… Check at the jump. Free quotes, boxes, shipping for some items, low cost disposal for other items, some just free. Jump to Apple, a responsible business Share via social networks. Tweet

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Radiation / Treatment Understanding Opinions

March 16, 2011
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Personally, it doesn’t change my mind about nuclear electricity. Nuclear reactors make horrifically poisonous stuff, and there’s no way to eliminate radiation.. It has a 1/2 life. Radio active materials decay, meaning they become less radioactive over time. 1/2 life simply means, how long until the radiation is 1/2 of its original. radioactive iodine – which is part of the mix of radioactive particles...

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Radiation Monitor in Seattle

March 16, 2011
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Radiation Monitor in Seattle

Orcas Island TV is investigating radiation monitoring. At present, there’s nothing but background levels, all is normal. I’ll post as soon as I have more information and periodically. This graph is the Seattle sensor of the EPA. Share via social networks. Tweet

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Nuclear Disaster in Japan

March 13, 2011
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Radiation is leaking in at least one nuclear power plant in Japan as a result of the failure of electric back up systems, designed to operate in the case of electric failure in the nuclear plant. For unknown reasons, an immediate emergency was not declared and emergency power equipment wasn’t applied. NY Times reports that the basement of the facility was flooded with water,...

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Orcas Island Photo Contest Winners Selected

March 10, 2011
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Orcas Island Photo Contest Winners Selected

In a highly secret process, the final top Photograph was chosen by the Judges. This winner will receive 2 free copies of the book “Through Islanders’ Eyes” – the output of the Photo Contest. A two page spread including information about the photographer, their interests. Yesterday, Judges David Hiser, Andrea Wallace and George Stranahan gave their tie-breaking vote for the very top photograph. It...

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