Toshiba built a giant robot to help clean up Fukushima’s dangerous nuclear reactors

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Toshiba, the same company that happens to make consumer laptops, has built a huge robot to help with cleanup efforts in Japan, following the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in 2011. The new robot, which was custom built by Toshiba, has been designed to help decommission reactor 3, which exploded when hydrogen built up and the reactor melted down following the disaster. With two unique arms, Toshiba’s robot can pick up objects from inside the radioactive pool and cut them into smaller pieces, as well as remove spent fuel rod assemblies permanently. It’s expected that the robot will remove 566 fuel rod assemblies…

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