Watch this CNN video featuring Bill Nye (formerly of Bill Nye the Science Guy and now Executive Director of the Planetary Society) explaining some of the details related to the possibly breached core of Fukushima Reactor #3 in Japan. Apparently, water into which three workers stepped in the No. 3 control room measured 10,000 times the expected level in radioactivity, indicating the core may be cracked and leaking radioactivity. Two of the men suffered radiation burns, and were admitted Friday for four days of observation at Japan’s National Institute for Radiological Sciences.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.