Fukushima update


Japan’s Ministry of Environment plans an interim storage site of approximately 16sqkm to temporarily house contaminated soil and other waste. Some 22 million cubic metres of soil is likely to be collected. Scattered throughout Fukushima prefecture are some 5.5mn black bags containing soil contaminated by the crippled reactors. The government intends to find a final disposal site outside Fukushima Prefecture to permanently store the contaminated soil by 2045.


One million tonnes of contaminated radioactive water is being stored in 850 5-storey tanks. The amount of contaminated water is growing by 150 tonnes a day. Capacity is 1.1mn tonnes. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) is encouraging Tepco to dump water that has diluted to levels below that of national standards into the sea claiming it will have little or no impact on local fisheries. The NRA has said that these tanks can’t be used indefinitely, planning to store it until January 2021.

Tepco aims to remove to remove melted fuel debris inside the damaged reactors around 2021 and remove spent  and unused fuel rods from the storage pools inside reactor 3 in the middle of this year. The other two reactors will see their rods removed around 2023.

Unsurprisingly information is scant leading to public mistrust of foodstuffs emanating from the region. Taxpayers have funded around $120bn so far in the clean up. To think much of this damage could have been avoided had then PM Kan listened to his nuclear experts to release the pressure from the reactors 10 hours before they exploded.


Terrorist tunnel detection has mining applications

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Underground tunnels have been a feature of Hamas’ tactics to create havoc in Israel. An Israeli start-up company has developed a drone with equipment that can detect changes in soil composition, seismic activity and geology with use of hyper-spectral and 4K high definition thermo-imaging cameras. The IDF has deployed the system and used it to seek and destroy offending tunnels on Israel’s side of the fence.

The company claims the technology will be just as useful to mining companies for site testing new deposits as the sensors can breakdown the composition of minerals up to 100 metres below the surface. So instead of millions of dollars and onerous environmental impact studies to drill into the soil using cumbersome heavy equipment, a surveyor can use a drone for a fraction of the cost with zero impact on the planet. Innovation.

Land Mine removal technology


Princess Diana was a big advocate of removing land mines. An Israeli company called Geomine has made a system that can detect where mines are from the air by using a hyperspectral camera which captures the unique nitrogen oxide signature in the soil emitted by the explosive device. Video can be seen here. The next development soon to come out is to do this by drone and send another drone to take the mines out.

Some $450m was allocated to mine removal in 2017 which is usually done using very inefficient techniques.  In 2016, more than 232,000 antipersonnel mines and some 29,000 antivehicle mines were destroyed Geomine believes the speed of its system creates massive efficiencies in terms of cost, safety and lives saved.

There were 8,605 land mine casualties caused in 2016, up from 3,450 in 2014. 42% were children. 84% male. 110,000 casualties since 1999. Casualties were recorded in Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe, and four other areas Kosovo, Nagorno-Karabakh, Somaliland, and Western Sahara.

Wishing Geomine every success.

We want your business!


Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ran through the nation’s commitment to cyber noting the country has 200x the next country in per capita revenue in the area. They are 20% of global cyber revenue. Very scary outlook for the capabilities that cyber can do if in the wrong hands. In closing though the Prime Minister said four words:

We want your business!

It would be nice to see the Aussie PM shout as loudly for investment at home.

What is a Shabbat elevator?


What is a Shabbat elevtor? Who would want to use it?  Shabbat is the custom to take a day of rest from everything. A Shabbat elevator is one where none of the buttons work.

For example in a 10-story building, the lift operates between the basement and level 10, floor by floor, up and down. The direction is determined by the cycle. If you’re living on the 10th floor but the Shabbat elevator is on level 10 and you’re on G the lift will descend floor by floor, heading to the basement before doing the return journey. On the face of it the custom seems rather inconvenient. You might wait 24 floors of time to get home. The principle is that the Jewish day of rest is meant to be that, even something as innocuous as pressing a lift button is to be avoided.  It makes sense. Don’t think. Just ride and relax. Recharge

Many unplug the internet, turn off the power of their phone or computer to completely remove them from distracting influences that prevent them from complete personal reboot.

Devout Christians In Jerusalem

At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Christians from all over the world come to the tomb of Jesus Christ’s. A group of this tourists are chanting hymns before entering the crypt. Very powerful. Many people drape the marble slab where his body was embalmed. Crying, touching and kissing it. If you’re unsure about truly understanding religion, to experience the energy of these places is truly incredible.