News Roundup: Japan Nuclear Fears, Sperm-Whale Names, Internet on Steroids

By Patrick Morgan | March 14, 2011 9:21 pm
  • Japan update: Authorities have been having trouble keeping enough water around Fukushima Daiichi’s  nuclear fuel rods, leading Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano to respond, when asked whether they were melting: “Although we cannot directly check it, it’s highly likely happening.” Still, radiation levels remain at “tolerable levels.”
  • Call me Ishmael: Slight variations in sperm-whale calls may act as “whale names,” or personal identifiers that allow these social creatures to tell individuals apart.
  • Star wars turns to trash: NASA is looking to create a cheap, ground-based laser that would be capable of blasting (ok, slightly nudging, slowing down, and de-orbiting) Earth-orbiting space junk in danger of crashing.
  • After analyzing the teeth and bones of creatures from the Early Cretaceous period, archeologists concluded that north-east China’s dinosaurs endured some pretty chilly winters—a possible explanation for the evolution of feathered dinos.
  • The internet on adrenaline: Uber-fast computing is coming to the the U.S. as  the Internet2 research and education group upgrades its network to deliver a mind-boggling 8.8 terabits per second bandwith.
  • Woodhenge? Archeologists discovered a monument near England’s Stonehenge site that sported timber pillars at the same time as Stonehenge’s famous rocks.

Image: Courtesy NTV Japan

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