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Stanford Scholar Explores Humans’ Complicated History with Earth’s Mineral Riches in New Book

March 2021

With the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Gabrielle Hecht will research and write a new book about the mineral riches humans have turned the world inside out to unearth.

Stanford experts discuss the lessons and legacy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

March 2021

A decade after a powerful earthquake and tsunami set off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan, Stanford experts discuss revelations about radiation from the disaster, advances in...

Fukushima’s tragic legacy—radioactive soil, ongoing leaks, and unanswered questions

March 2021

CISAC Co-Director Rod Ewing tells National Geographic that, “In some cases, as we become more sophisticated, we’ve lost the ability to see what’s most obvious.”

Socio-technical multi-criteria evaluation of long-term spent nuclear fuel management strategies: A framework and method

February 2021

Currently, commercial spent fuel remains at 75 sites across the US, including 18 “orphaned sites,” where it has been left at decommissioned reactor sites. Local communities are increasingly concerned...

Newly Discovered Particles Released During the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

February 2021

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant released particles containing radioactive cesium during the 2011 nuclear disaster. New research published in Science of the Total Environment shows that some...

Three major nuclear accidents, as seen by young American and Russian professionals

August 2020

Young American and Russian professionals examined three major nuclear accidents to assess the causes, responses and consequences. They worked across cultural and disciplinary divides and arrived at a...

If Trump and Biden agree there shouldn’t be a nuclear waste site at Yucca Mountain, can’t we all?

August 2020

Both have announced their opposition to building an underground repository to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now it's time for everyone else to accept that Yucca...

Being Clear-Eyed About Citizen Science in the Age of COVID-19

July 2020

An anthropologist explores the network of citizen monitoring capabilities that developed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 for what they might teach all of us about such...

Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns released particulates with plutonium

July 2020

A new study reveals particles that were released from nuclear plants damaged in the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami contained small amounts of radioactive plutonium.

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