Posted September 27, 2012 at 2:30pm
The largest network for radiation data in the world started with a simple personal question: after the Fukushima earthquake, Joichi Ito wanted to know whether it would be safe for his family in their house in Japan. At the time, a few days after the quake, the Japanese government wasn’t releasing radiation data. Most people would complain about the government’s irresponsibility and maybe take their families on a faraway vacation. Ito got on the internet instead. No Geiger counters were available for sale. So he got in touch with a guy who made Geiger counters for Three Mile Island, a hardware hacker, and two Japanese professors working with sensors and radio isotopes. Working together with other people from the internet and with on-the-ground volunteers, he soon found a way to take mobile radiation measurements with wireless-GPS-enabled Geiger counters. Now, Safecast has over a million points of data. They’ve got institutional support. They’ve got non-profit status.
Posted August 13, 2012 at 4:44pm
Procter & Gamble Co. PG -0.13% has been licensing out hundreds of undeveloped patents, brands and rights to new products as it tries to turn around some languishing businesses and extend successful ones. The little-known practice includes brands such as Febreze, Pampers Kandoo, Mr. Clean and others.
Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:54pm