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Beyond the complete meltdown of one of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, two other reactors experienced partial meltdowns, the Tokyo Electric Power Company admitted today. Reactors 2 and 3, TEPCO says, melted down in the days after the quake and tsunami in March. The new announcement, which was apparently the result of retrieving "data from the central control room," confirms what international observers had believed. It came ahead of a visit by International Atomic Energy Agency investigators, who may shed more light on what happened at the plant when they release a report in June.

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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