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Japanese Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks 225

Posted by Soulskill
from the proposal-by-kim-stanley-robinson dept.
minstrelmike writes "Japan is planning to install a two-mile, subterranean ice wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant. 'The ice wall would freeze the ground to a depth of up to 30 meters (100 feet) through a system of pipes carrying a coolant as cold as minus 40 degrees Celsius (minus 40 Fahrenheit). That would block contaminated water from escaping from the facility's immediate surroundings, as well as keep underground water from entering the reactor and turbine buildings, where much of the radioactive water has collected.' The technology they're using has not been used to that extent before, nor for more than a couple years. An underground water expert said, 'the frozen wall won't be ready for another two years, which means contaminated water would continue to leak out.' But at least they have a $470 million plan ready to present to the Olympic committee choosing between Madrid, Istanbul or Tokyo."

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by markov_chain (#42640423) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

That's fascinating, my wife is the same way. In fact she turned me onto HOMM3, but won't touch any other game. As far as I can tell she likes the mechanic of going around the map and picking up glittery things, and also likes the fact that it's basically a computer-managed board game, without the twitch factor.

Input Devices

Thin Film Transforms Any Surface Into Touchscreen 81

Posted by samzenpus
from the peel-and-stick dept.
kkleiner writes "Open up a cardboard tube, roll out a transparent film just millimeters thick, apply it on a flat object and *tada* you've got an interactive touch surface. Cambridge-based Visual Planet just launched its new massive-sized multitouch thin film drivers so you can create touchscreens from 30 to 167 inches in size! Their touchfoil is a transparent nanowire embedded polymer capable of sensing the touch of a finger, or even pressure from wind and translating that to a computer interface. It works on glass, wood, and other non-conductive surfaces."
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BMW Working On Laser Headlamps 330 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the hot-high-beams dept.
MrSeb writes "LED headlamps are only just trickling onto the market — mostly on high-end cars — but now it seems a certain German automaker has plans for laser headlamps. 'Laser light is the next logical step in car light development ... for series production within a few years in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid,' says BMW. Lasers have the potential to be simultaneously more powerful, more efficient, and smaller than other headlamp types. Before you get too excited, though: the output of laser headlights will be modulated for safety."

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