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Strange Truths – Radioactive Wild Boars of Japan

Wild radioactive boars are rampaging around northern Japan near Fukushima. This story falls solidly under the category of “if you can’t make something gameable out of this you aren’t even trying”. The beasts are savaging farms, breeding uncontrollably, eating radiation tainted crops, and hunters are piling the carcasses up faster than they can be safely disposed of. While reading it I …

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Fourth Stone From The Sun

In popular culture, much has been made of Mars lately, from last year’s 65th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s MARTIAN CHRONICLES, to the increasing popularity of James S. A. Corey’s EXPANSE space opera, culminating in Matt Damon’s winning of a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of astronaut Mark Watney in THE MARTIAN. As thrilling as the science-fiction is, the science-fact …

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JAXA Hitomi satellite disaster

The world watched with excitement as Japan successfully launched its Hitomi satellite in February. Priced at more than a quarter of a billion dollars, the Hitomi satellite was designed to eavesdrop on black holes, exploding stars, and massive galaxies. What would eventually happen would go on to cast a long shadow over Japan’s space program. Formed in 2003, JAXA was poised …