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The Morning Briefing: Radiation storms, electronics and reactors

The Morning Briefing: Radiation storms, electronics and reactors

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about radiation, in light of the storm to hit Earth today.

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about radiation, in light of the storm to hit Earth today.

1.) Solar radiation storm heads towards Earth today. The Earth will be exposed today to the strongest solar radiation storm in six years, with the potential to affect satellites and power grids. According to officials, it should hit about 9 a.m. New York time.

2.) Falling radiation levels allows extended search near Fukushima. With radiation levels near the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant slowly fading, Japanese police are now able to conduct more extensive searches for bodies around the facility. Approximately 200 people are still missing after last year's tsunami from communities around the area.

3.) Worried about electronic device radiation? A new product called 'Enviro chip' claims to guard users against this kind of radiation. The chip can be used in basic mobile phones, desktop computers and laptops.

4.) New center to study electronic radiation damage opens. In Israel, a new center has been constructed by the Science and Technology Ministry in order to research health dangers from mobile devices and high-tension electronic wiring.

5.) TSA to test scanner radiation for airport staff. The Transport Authority Association is planning to conduct a new round of tests at more than 100 airports across the nation. The tests will be focusing on potential radiation exposure in regard to airport security officers, rather than passengers or machines.

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure