Fukushima probe shows new openness in Japan
A far-reaching investigation into the nuclear disaster is an indicator of a growing capacity for open self-criticism in a nation that has been known for insularity and obedience.
THE BIG PICTURE
North Korea marks 100th anniversary of founder’s birth
- North Korea will mark the 100th anniversary of its founding father Kim Il-Sung’s birth on April 15. The country is also making news with the planned launch of a satellite, which concerns many countries because of the nuclear capabilities of the rocket being used. Compiled here are group of recent images from inside the country. (30 photos total)
iRobot turns to the nuclear industry
- The Bedford company, which is seeking new markets as cuts loom at the Pentagon, is expected to announce on Monday its first sale to a domestic nuclear power plant operator.
Nuclear security effort faces uncertain future
- Obama administration officials, citing fiscal restraints and a need to reassess the campaign, want to cut funding for a major nuclear smuggling detection project by 65 percent.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Il dead
- The North Korean ruler who realized his family’s dream of turning his starving country into a minor nuclear-weapons power, has died at what is reported to be the age of 69.
Vermont Yankee nuclear plant owners file suit to stay operating
- Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant filed a federal lawsuit this morning to prevent Vermont lawmakers from shutting the plant down when its 40-year license expires next year.
Elevated radiation found in Massachusetts rainwater
- Iodine levels pose no risk, state says; linked to disaster at plant in Japan.
Bedford firm sends four robots to Japan’s rescue, recovery effort
- A week after the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of Japan, a truck left the headquarters of iRobot Corp. in Bedford. Its cargo: four military robots, two of them prototypes.
GRAPHIC: Examining U.S. nuclear reactor/fault line geography
- We decided to focus on a simple, practically important question; if the Mark 1 Reactor is indeed inferior on safety, where are ours and are they earthquake safe? The map tells the tale: 23 plants are presently using a Mark 1, all of which are in the eastern half of the country.
The Big Picture - Japan: New fears as the tragedy deepens
- Continued aftershocks and new earthquakes bring new fears to the survivors of the tragedy. Residents prepare for radiation leaks as the Prime Minister asks everyone to remain indoors - in their homes, their offices and shelters. Ninety one countries have offered help to Japan. Search and rescue and recovery continue in the devastated landscape. The death toll rises, but some hope is realized in the reunions of family and friends. — Paula Nelson (52 photos total)