Citizen Scientists Help Monitor Radiation in Japan

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Audio interview by BBC via


"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. "