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ISSUE #121

The Nuclear Future Edition

3Q: The future of nuclear energy in Japan

Naomi Hirose, former president and current executive vice chairman of Fukushima Affairs at Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), discusses the fallout of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident and Japan’s nuclear energy future.


WHAT TO READ
For one graduate student, MIT's nuclear reactor is like a “second home”

MIT News

On the cusp of graduation, health sciences and technology doctoral candidate Agata Wiśniowska sustains her decade-plus connection to the MIT Nuclear Reactor Lab.

Related: A team of graduate students were among the many contributors to MIT's recent report, The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World. Last fall, some of them traveled to Washington, D.C. to share their thoughts on what drew them to nuclear energy and what surprised them along the way. Read the article and read the report.
3Q: Yet-Ming Chiang on reopening the case of cold fusion

MIT News

Yet-Ming Chiang, a materials science and engineering professor and MITEI-affiliated faculty member, is part of a multi-institution effort to investigate the possibility of cold fusion in a scientifically rigorous way.

  Listen to our podcast interview with Yet-Ming Chiang and Will Chueh (Stanford University) on game-changing battery storage.
Scientists discover the source of new CFC emissions

MIT News

Since 2013, annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) have increased by nearly 8,000 tons from eastern China, according to new research published in Nature by an international team of scientists.     
This ink is made from air pollution

Smithsonian Magazine

Anirudh Sharma, an MIT Media Lab graduate, and his team have developed a device that can capture air pollution at its source; once collected, they turn the soot into ink. 


WHAT TO LISTEN TO
Artificial intelligence

Nicholas Roy and Josh Joseph from the MIT Quest for Intelligence discuss the future of AI and its potential impact on fields ranging from energy to healthcare.

  Listen



WHAT TO DO
Mobile carbon footprinting project

The Mobile Carbon Footprinting project is seeking volunteers from MIT and Harvard to download an app and keep a daily diary of their personal carbon footprint. Learn more.

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...We are making efforts to gain the understanding and trust of local residents by inviting them to the plants and explaining our safety measures in an accessible manner. We are aiming to share the concept of ‘the plant is our plant based in our community' with local residents.

Naomi Hirose, TEPCO executive, speaks about efforts to regain public trust following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

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BEFORE YOU GO...

30

The number of milliliters of ink made from air pollution that each marker holds—equivalent to approximately 45 minutes of diesel car pollution.

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