Nathan Myhrvold, the former Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft, recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about the importance of using logic rather than fear or emotion to solve the energy production problem facing the growing world.
It’s interesting that many of the established, industrialized countries such as the United States, Germany, and Switzerland shy away from the production of energy by nuclear power, while many of the countries experiencing massive growth, such as Brazil, South Africa, India, and China freely embrace the construction of new plants. One has to wonder about the strategic implications.
Fukushima Geiger Counters. Sanwa Corporation's President Yuichiro Saito shows the newly developed Geiger counter models. (Mainichi)
Sanwa Corporation of Japan recently developed a small Geiger-Muller tube for use with the iPhone Geiger Bot app. The Geiger Bot app counts the audible clicks from the output speaker of a Geiger counter setup. Although the Geiger Bot app could previously be used to provide a digital readout from older, analog Geiger counters, Sanwa has developed their own Geiger tube for use with the app. There’s no confirmation yet on the accuracy of readings or if they’re sold pre-calibrated.
The Sanwa team started developing the tube in June, after the March tsunami and subsequent radiation disaster created high demand for radiation survey meters. According to the Daily Yomiuri, a leading Japanese newspaper, as of November 16 nearly 3,000 reserved orders had been placed for the iPhone compatible Geiger tube and another, self contained Geiger counter developed by the company. More info can be found at the Mainichi Daily News.