Citizen Scientists Help Monitor Radiation in Japan

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Audio interview by BBC via http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9451425.stm


Description

"Since Japan's devstating earthquake, citizen scientists in the area have purchased many Geiger counters to help monitor radiation levels.

Click talks to Marcelino Alvarez, the owner of a website crowd-sourcing all these readings to provide up-to-date information about the possible dangers.

And Usman Hague from Pachube - a site specialising in data infrastructure - talks about the practicalities of such crowdsourcing and whether it is a help or hindrance to the authorities. "