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Science on Tap explores Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown tonight

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In March 2011, a tsunami slammed into the coast of Japan and initiated the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Radiation levels inside the buildings there are still lethal, but the cleanup needs to proceed.

The public is invited to a special Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square, where Chris Morris, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, will talk about how LANL scientists are using people-friendly particles called muons to help assess the status of the nuclear fuel inside the damaged reactors.

Accurate answers to questions about the fuel rods could help reduce recovery efforts by more than a decade and save billions of dollars. Join us for a short, informal presentation, followed by lively discussion.

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. Science On Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10-15 minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome.

On Tap is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new and meet people with similar interests. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC at The Nature Center.