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Record snowfall in Japan kills 12, disrupts power and transport

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The heaviest snowfall in decades has left 12 dead and more than 1,500 injured across Japan, local media reported on Sunday. The snow has paralyzed the public transport system and left hundreds of thousands without electricity. One person died in a snow-related traffic accident in the city of Shizuoka located south of the capital Tokyo early on Saturday, police said. Another two people died in car... 

TEPCO reveals record cesium level in Fukushima No. 1 well

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A record high level of radioactive cesium has been found in groundwater beneath the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, it operator TEPCO revealed. On February 13, Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported 37,000 becquerels of cesium-134 and 93,000 becquerels of cesium-137 were detected per liter of groundwater sampled from a monitoring well earlier that day. Water samples were taken from the technical... 

China to build world’s longest underwater tunnel

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Fishing boats are seen berthed at Dalijia fishing port in Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning Province. China is set to construct the world’s longest underwater tunnel, which will connect two of its northern port cities in an earthquake-prone region, an expert involved in the project says. Under the USD36 billion project, a 123-kilometre tunnel will be built as a shortcut between Dalian... 

North, South Koreas hold high-level talks in years

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Top officials from North Korea and the neighboring South have held the highest-level government talks in years, ahead of the planned reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. Talks between the two sides were held on Wednesday at the border truce village of Panmunjom on the southern side of the border. The last official high-level meetings between North and South Korea were held in December... 

​Fukushima radiation levels underestimated by five times - TEPCO

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TEPCO has revised the readings on the radioactivity levels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant well to 5 million becquerels of strontium per liter – both a record, and nearly five times higher than the original reading of 900,000 becquerels per liter. Strontium-90 is a radioactive isotope of strontium produced by nuclear fission with a half-life of 28.8 years. The legal standard for strontium emissions... 

​First custom monkeys created through precision genetic manipulation

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The world’s first monkeys with genes modified through a DNA engineering method known as Crispr/Cas9 were born in a lab. The scientific breakthrough by Chinese researchers could become a cornerstone for research and prevention of human genetic disorders. Researchers at Nanjing Medical University and Yunnan Key Laboratory of Primate Biomedical Research in Kunming in China have created two genetically... 

Ancient Chinese used bamboo sticks as calculator

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Approximately 2,300 years ago the ancient Chinese wrote the world’s oldest decimal multiplication table on bamboo sticks. According to experts, it was a very effective calculator that let one do the calculations not only with integers but also fractions. No country in the world had similar calculators at that time. Five years ago, Beijing Tsinghua University received a gift of nearly two and... 

​China's dirty emissions creeping into the US

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Pollutants from China’s manufacturing industry are traveling across the Pacific Ocean, contributing to smog in the United States, according to a new study. Chinese power plants and factories produce enough dirty emissions that pollutants can make it across the Pacific in around six days, exacerbating smog levels on the US West Coast, according to a scientific study published Monday in the Proceedings... 

China Mobilizes 100,000 Troops In Preparation For Korean Peninsula Crisis

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PLA source says number of troops involved is unusually rare. In what PLA sources are describing as an unusually high figure, China has mobilized 100,000 troops to take part in a border exercise as part of preparations for a Korean Peninsula crisis. “The drill is a normal military exercise to train soldiers to fight in winter and long-range conditions, according to national state broadcaster China... 

Beijing blanketed by toxic smog, Highways closed

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Highways were closed in Beijing as the Chinese capital was covered by thick smog engulfing skyscrapers. Pollution readings reached threatening levels of more than two dozen times the level considered safe. The spike in air pollution began Wednesday afternoon and continued overnight, Xinhua reported, citing Beijing’s Municipal Environment Protection Department. It is expected to last until Friday... 

Radioactive Fish 124 times over safe limit caught off Fukushima

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Fish with deadly levels of radioactive cesium have been caught just off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, as scientists continue to assess the damage caused to the marine food chain by the 2011 nuclear disaster. One of the samples of the 37 black sea bream specimens caught some 37 kilometers south of the crippled power plant tested at 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, making it... 

Russia Warns US-China-Japan Pacific War “Just Weeks Away”

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An “urgent” report issued today to the General Staff from the highly secretive Deputy Defense Minister General Pavel Popov is warning that war can be expected to erupt between the Pacific Powers of the United States, Peoples Republic of China and the State of Japan “within weeks” due to a power struggle currently “exploding” within the Communist Party of China (CPC). According to this... 

US tested biological weapons in Japan’s Okinawa in the 60s

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The American army conducted experiments with biological weapons aimed at destroying rice crops on the Japanese island of Okinawa in the 60s, Kyodo news agency reports. The alleged target of the tests was the China and Southeast Asia region. Citing classified US documents, Japanese news agency Kyodo said the US military carried out experiments on their sovereign territory between 1961 and 1962. At... 

Fukushima Decontamination System Shuts Down Amid Failure

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A malfunction within the Fukushima plant has led to the complete shutdown of the plant’s decontamination system. As the Fukushima nightmare continues under the wing of plant operator TEPCO, the blatant incompetence of the highly deceptive corporation is once again apparent following a complete shutdown of the plant’s decontamination system. The very same system responsible for handling the mass... 

TEPCO to clean Fukushima's underground radioactive water

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The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant plans to start cleaning underground tunnels believed to be part of the sources of radioactive materials poisoning the groundwater in the area. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will first block the flow of tainted water between the damaged buildings and the tunnels. Workers will begin burying pipes in the ground to carry refrigerants... 
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