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Robot will soon try to remove melted nuclear fuel from destroyed Fukushima reactor

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Heard robot usage from beginning of incident, however those melted fuel still there after more than 10 years. Well done Japan Inc.

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Heard robot usage from beginning of incident, however those melted fuel still there after more than 10 years. Well done Japan Inc.

Radiation like that in a reactor that has suffered a meltdown is kinda rough on the electronics. Nobody has ever done this before. It's not like you go down to Best Buy and buy an off the shelf melt down remediation robot. It's more like it took ten years to figure out how to make a robot stay together and follow commands in about the most radioactive environment imaginable.

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Let's see. But as far as I heard, they've sent in quite some robots and even those were 'killed' by the ultra-extreme radiation. So my guess is that speed is a factor here and therefore the 'device equipped with tongs slowly descended from the telescopic pipe' will probably fail, because it is intentionally slow.

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