It’s been over half a decade since Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant suffered a catastrophic meltdown due to the effects of a tsunami which struck the island nation, but scientists are only just now confirming its far-reaching effects. After conducting the first worldwide survey to measure the ultimate radiation exposure caused by the reactor meltdown, researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research finally have a figure on exactly how much extra radiation humanity was exposed to.

According to the group’s data, over 80 percent of the radiation that was released by the meltdown ended up in either the ocean or ice at the north and south poles. Of the remaining radiation, each human on the planet received roughly 0.1 millisievert, which equates to about “one extra X-ray each,” according to the team.

That amount of radiation isn’t likely to have much of an effect on humanity, however, and in comparison to the normal amount of radiation each of us receives over the course of a year, which can be as high as 3.65 millisieverts on average, it’s hardly anything. In fact, as NewScientist notes, a typical CT scan exposes you to 15 millisieverts on its own, and radiation sickness doesn’t occur until you reach the 1,000 millisievert threshold.

Obviously, those living the the vicinity of the reactor, especially in the immediate aftermath of the meltdown, can expect to have received a good deal more radiation as a result, but the researchers still believe the overall exposure to have been negligible in the grand scheme of things. Of course, the robots sent in to do the dirty work haven’t been nearly as lucky.

Source : This article was published in brg.com By Mike Wehner

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Google’s AMP project is one of the organizations more productive and popular projects with regards to making the Internet a better place. The company has announced that it is expanding the same in Asia in partnership with Baidu, Sogou and Yahoo Japan, who will both be connecting directly to Accelerated Mobile Pages.

In case you have not been following the progress of the Internet, AMP or Accelerated Mobile Pages is Google’s framework for ensuring the creation of content that can load faster. Google first announced the project in 2015 and since then, has quietly been making many converts. It isn’t finding the task too difficult — after all, who wouldn’t want their websites to load faster?

Meanwhile, Google is now looking to make a push into the hitherto ignored (relatively of course) Asia Pacific. And towards the same it has partnered up with Baidu and Sogou — which together account for as much as 90 percent of the Chinese search market. The search engine giant announced the same at its first AMP developer conference held in NYC today morning.

Yahoo Japan, Baidu and Sogou are not the only companies to ahve entered into partnership with Google regarding AMP.  Bing, Pinterest and LinkedIn are only some of the other companies that have linked arms with the search engine giant. And there have been significant returns on investments as well.

Interestingly, the platform also saw the different and varied uses AMP can be put to. The framework when launched was aimed mainly towards content with the intent of making websites and articles faster. Why was this important? Well, consider all the effort Facebook has been putting into its platform so as to ensure that you can access articles even on slow Internet connections. Other websites obviously don’t intend to let Facebook have a  monopoly over such a thing and hence, comes AMP.

Meanwhile, Google also showed off a messaging application that was built using the AMP framework — illustrating the company’s point that the framework could be used for much, much more beyond making static, content-driven websites easier on the Internet. Google hasn’t really gone into these other potential uses yet and for all we know, the company will keep its focus on content websites for the near future. However, it is interesting to note the potential that is there.

Author : Mudit Mohilay

Source : https://thetechportal.com/2017/03/07/google-expands-accelerated-mobile-pages/

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In a bid to become the world leader in robotics, driverless cars and medical diagnostics technology, Japan plans to arm its manufacturers with a platform for research by building the planet’s fastest supercomputer.

Currently China boasts several of the world’s fastest machines, but the ambitions of its Asian rival lie in building a processor that can make 130 quadrillion calculations per second – or 130 petaflops in scientific parlance – sources involved in the project told Reuters. 

This may happen as early as next year, with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry set to spend 19.5 billion yen (US$173 million) on the previously unreported project.

"As far as we know, there is nothing out there that is as fast," Satoshi Sekiguchi, director general at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, where the computer will be built, told Reuters.

China's Sunway TaihuLight is capable of 93 petaflops while Japan’s current fastest machine, the Oakforest-PACS, operates at 13.6 petaflops. 

Once the new computer, dubbed ABCI, is built, Japan will no longer have to outsource data crunching to foreign firms such as Google and Microsoft, Sekiguchi and others involved in the project said.

Source : https://www.rt.com

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