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Is Pacific Seafood Safe from Nuclear Contamination?

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The seafood industry braces for the impact of the crisis in Japan.

This year's World Water Day brings fresh concerns about seafood safety in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and radiation leaks in Japan. Fishermen, fish buyers, and consumers on both sides of the Pacific are dealing with the ripple effects of the crisis. Addressing U.S. consumer safety concerns, the Food and Drug Administration said it was taking steps to measure radiation contamination in......read more

Invention Harvests Electricity from Background Radiation

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Device could be used to beam power to remote locations or recharge phones wirelessly

Engineers at Duke University have designed a gadget that captures background radiation and converts it to useable electricity. Operating on the same principle as solar panels that capture light energy, the "metamaterial cells" can harvest microwaves with an efficiency of 36.8 percent -- the same efficiency as modern solar cells. The Daily Mail reports: The development raises exciting......read more

Lapka: An Environmental Monitor for Your iPhone

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Sensory system measures eco factors like bacteria, radiation and EMF

iPhone accessories rarely aim too high in terms of functionality. They generally fall into one of two categories: speakers or protective cases.  But Lapka takes the game to a whole other level. Billed as a "personal environmental monitor," the device connects through a headphone jack to measure, collect and analyze data about substances within a user's environment. Each peripheral......read more

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