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Experts Are Baffled Why Robots Sent to Clean Fukushima Mysteriously Kept Dying

A robot has malfunction after only two hours of exposure to radiation.


Cleaning up Fukushima after the nuclear radiation mess in 2011 has proven to be a challenging feat that not even robots can handle. High radiation levels caused the machines to malfunction repeatedly every time a probe is sent out to inspect the site. The Japanese company that is in charge of the cleanup admitted that the robots keep failing.

It is believed that an estimate of 600 tons of toxic fuel may have leaked out from the reactor, following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Before the cleanup was done, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) needed to assess the location and the extent of the leakage. It sent out “scorpion” robots to do the job because the radiation levels are too high for any human being to survive.

The incident at the Fukushima Daishii Nuclear Plant made the place look like a ghost town.

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The latest attempt to gather data on the leakage failed after a Toshiba-designed robot “died” five times faster than expected due to the high radiation levels. The robot was designed to withstand 73 sieverts of radiation, but it turned out that there was a recorded 530 sieverts inside the reactor.

An estimated 600 tons of toxic fuel have been leaked from the reactor.

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Robots have been sent to clean up but they keep malfunctioning due to high radiation levels.

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In January, a probe’s camera was fried after it was sent to the Unit 2 containment vessel. Another attempt of sending a scorpion crawler failed after it malfunctions only two hours of radiation exposure. Tepco is now evaluating the methods it used to probe the reactor.

“We should think out of the box so we can examine the bottom of the core and how melted fuel debris spread out,” president of Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning, Naohiro Masuda, said as reported by the AP.

The Fukushima incident has taken over 15,000 lives.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster resulted from the tsunami and earthquake in 2011. It has taken the lives of more than 15,000 people. Residents of the area had to abandon their homes.

The cleaning effort has been going on for six years with a cost of $35 billion. The cleanup is expected to last into 2050s.


Thai Surgeons Remove 915 ‘Good Luck’ Coins From Sea Turtle’s Stomach

No thanks to people’s superstition, a 25-year-old turtle ended up swallowing a total of 915 coins over the years.

In Thailand, there's a superstition about throwing coins into a pond that has a turtle living in it. Apparently, people believe that this would drive away bad luck and bring good fortune. Moreover, they think that the coin thrower would also be given the turtle's long life. It was this belief that led to one unfortunate turtle swallowing 915 coins.

You see, the turtle — which is estimated to be 25 years old — had been living in a pond in the Sri Racha district in Thailand's Chonburi province. It so happened that the local authorities had decided to develop the area where the pond was located.

The turtle was named "Om Sin," which means "Piggy Bank" in Thai.

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21 Awesome Reasons You And Your Partner Should Make Love Everyday

Got a headache? You don’t need an aspirin!

Pleasure is one of the main benefits of sex but the act also brings more than just that. Making love is part of most couples’ relationships and doing it more often, like every day, not only lets you feel close – even closer – to your significant other. There have been reports that sex helps you relax and gets rid of stress.

Regular sex is the secret to happiness, long life and a healthy body. Apparently, there are more reasons you need to make love to your partner every day.

#1. Lengthens life

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There’s a Very Good Reason Why You Shouldn’t Type ‘Amen’ on a Facebook Post

Be careful when you encounter a Facebook post that obligates you to like, share, or comment “Amen” on it.

In the age of social media, it's become easy for people to reach out to the rest of the world. This has its benefits, especially during moments of crisis. We've seen people all over the world heeding requests for help done through a Facebook post. Unfortunately, there are scammers who will take advantage of people's innate kindness.

These scammers are called "like-farmers." Their objective is to gather as many likes as they can for a certain Facebook page. To do this, they often appeal to people's sympathy. They resort to emotional blackmail. Thus, they use photos of sick children. These children are genuinely sick and their loved ones probably posted legitimate appeals for help on Facebook, too.

Bitter truth: There are scammers lurking on Facebook.

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