Hiroshima and Fukushima are of course very different, but the tragedies are fundamentally connected. Both involve our collective deception that we can always control the nuclear machines we invented. We cannot.
It seems that the only thing that spreads further than radiation from a nuclear disaster is the panic it produces around the world. Here are five tips for releasing the fear you're feeling before it escalates.
The iodine defense works against the threat of I-131, and the Japanese in the affected area should be using it. We in the U.S. should not. But we should understand it, so it's there for us if ever we need it. I certainly hope we don't.
With the news out of Japan about the potential effect of radiation on the population, Americans are starting to ask themselves some tough questions, about weather, about energy, about our natural resources and how to protect them.
Is it reasonable to stake our future on a devilishly uncontrollable, potentially lethal technology? If we did not have other options, perhaps it would be. Could it be that "our nuclear future" is an oxymoron?