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It’s a Dirty Job, But Something’s Gotta Do It

The U.K. looks to drones to help mind its nuclear waste | A new model of cleanup bot “will make its own decisions”
Forth Engineering’s prototype is designed to gather data on and monitor its irradiated environment

To enter Europe’s largest nuclear site, a visitor must be wearing construction coveralls, steel-toed boots, a hard hat, and a pager-size device that rings if radiation levels get too high. Contamination enters the body through open wounds, so any cuts must be bandaged with medical tape. On the way out, after you remove your protective gear, a security guard sweeps your body with a handheld detection device to make sure nothing latched on. It’s as unsettling as it sounds.

This is Sellafield, on the coast of the Irish Sea, more than 300 miles north (and a bit west) of London. At the

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