Wed, 04/27/2011 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Crowd-sourced DIY radiation monitoring through Safecast.org
When last month's 9.0 earthquake and tsunami breached six Japanese nuclear reactors in Fukushima, releasing radiation into the atmosphere, Marcelino Alvarez of Uncorked Studios was not soothed by the official reports that there was "nothing to worry about." He hit upon the idea of using "citizen scientists" to crowd-source radiation data. Within 72 hours he and David Ewald had Rdtn.org, now known as Safecast, up and running, and within the first week there were over 150,000 visitors from 130 countries.