Nuclear Nation the Movie

Nuclear Nation is a recent documentary by Japanese filmmaker Atsuhi Funahashi.  The documentary focuses on the exodus of the villagers of the town of Futaba after the Fukushima nuclear crisis.  Futaba is one of the closest towns to the Fukushima Power Station, it lies at the dangerously close distance of 3 km.  It was one of the towns at higher risk of radiation contamination after the explosion of the nuclear reactors in Fukushima Daichi.  Its citizens were forced out of town right after the disaster and currently are the refugee community at the farthest distance to the disaster almost 300km south from their hometown.  Currently many of the Futaba villagers are residing inside an abandoned school in the Saitama Prefecture west of Tokyo.  Nuclear Nation narrates the drama of these families that have been left homeless after the Fukushima disaster and throws a light over the attempts of the Japanese government in restoring the lives of tens of thousands of Fukushima refugees.

futaba map fukushima refugees
As seen on this map of Fukushima you can see the close distance from the nuclear reactors to the town of Futaba

An effort to stop nuclear power worldwide

Thanks to people like Atsushi Funahashi the world has been able to understand the real situation in Japan which is very different from the version the Japanese government and media has been telling to the world.   It is time for the world to start thinking critically about the use of nuclear energy, Fukushima has been the example of how catastrophic an accident can be and the consequences it can bring to the world.  Chernobyl and Fukushima have taught the world that local nuclear energy accidents become international problems that affect the  world’s environment, global food chain and humanity’s future generations.  We hope more efforts like the Nuclear Nation come out to bring awareness to the world’s population of the urgency to stop or reduce the use of nuclear energy worldwide.

Nuclear Nation Official Trailer

 

Steve Jobs Best Documentaries

These are 5 of the best Steve Jobs online documentaries you cannot miss.

The documentaries part biographical and part a history of Apple portray the life of the humble-arrogant genius that change the world by fusing taste in design and engineering to create the world’s most revolutionary products. Here are his best documentaries that describe his genius in leadership, technology, marketing, design and innovation.

Here are 5 free full documentaries of Steve Jobs found in Youtube, check them down below.

  1. iGenius, How Steve Jobs Changed the World 2011 Steve Jobs the Billion Dollar Hippy
  2. Steve Jobs Lost Interview
  3. Steve Jobs Building NexT
  4. One Last Thing
  5. Steve Jobs at D1 the First D All Things Digital Conference with Walt Mossberg

iGenius, How Steve Jobs Changed the World 2011

Steve Jobs the Billion Dollar Hippy

Steve Jobs Lost Interview

Steve Jobs Building NexT

One Last Thing

Steve Jobs at D1 the First D All Things Digital Conference with Walt Mossberg

Stanford R. Ovshinsky the father of modern energy and hybrid car batteries

Stanford R. Ovshinsky has been called “the modern world’s most important energy visionary.” Ovshinsky passed away in October 2012 at the age of 89, during his lifetime he registered over 400 patents including electrical and bio-mechanical innovations. He is a true genius of the 20th and 21st century. Ovshinsky was 100% self-taught, all his knowledge came from public libraries and experimentation. His greatest invention was his advancement in battery technology where he proposed a new type of design from the conventional nickel battery into a use of alloy of different elements that made the battery more powerful and durable. His legacy has made possible the increased lifetime of rechargeable batteries of most of the devices we use in our daily lives, from mobile phones, laptops to hybrid and battery-powered electric cars.

Here is one of his latest videos where he explains the rechargeable battery design technology.

SOFIA the Boeing 747 flying telescope

The word SOFIA stands for (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) it  is Nasa’s first airborne telescope nested in a Boeing 747.

(Watch the SOFIA explanation video below)

Because the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs light wavelengths it is difficult for astronomers closer to the sea level to detect lower spectrums of infrared and ultraviolet radiation.  This created the necessity to reach for higher altitudes above earths lower atmosphere the troposphere to see the stars with less distortion in between caused by turbulence, water vapor and the ozone layer.

SOFIA is based on a Boeing 747SP wide-body aircraft that has been modified to include a large door in the aft fuselage that can be opened in flight to allow a 2.5 meter diameter reflecting telescope access to the sky. This telescope is designed for infrared astronomy observations in the stratosphere at altitudes of about 41,000 feet (about 12 km). SOFIA’s flight capability allows it to rise above almost all of the water vapor in the Earth’s atmosphere, which blocks some infrared wavelengths from reaching the ground. At the aircraft’s cruising altitude, 85% of the full infrared range will be available.

The SOFIA telescope hatch opened in mid-flight
The SOFIA telescope hatch opened in mid-flight

Stars don’t twinkle in the stratosphere

SOFIA does its astronomic observation at the stratosphere which is one of Earth’s largest atmospheric layers.  It is a 40km layer situated  above  10 to 13 km (30,000–40,000 ft; 6–8 mi) above sea level.  At the stratosphere stars don’t twinkle due to the lack of air turbulence at these high altitudes these conditions are ideal for observing star formation which emits low levels of radiation which can be detected from the stratosphere.