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Robot and Drone Fail

The Japanese and Americans are world leaders in robotics and remote-controlled weapons, but the latest attempt to use this technology at Fukushima has stalled…

TOKYO (AP) — Two high-tech machines intended to help workers at Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear plant malfunctioned Friday, including a long-awaited Japanese robot making its first attempt to take important measurements in areas too dangerous for humans.

The other machine that failed was a drone helicopter that made an emergency landing on a reactor roof at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. is trying to cool down three molten reactor cores and stop radiation leaks to end a crisis set off when the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant. The job is expected to take several more months, and is complicated by massive amounts of radioactive water that could soon leak into the sea.

Some industry experts wonder why the general public is not convinced by assurances that the technology is safe. Most of us are not scientist, but you don’t have to be to understand Murpy’s Law.

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