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Need to Know News: Romney steps up, nuclear disaster in line with Chernobyl, 50 years ago today...
April 12th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Need to Know News: Romney steps up, nuclear disaster in line with Chernobyl, 50 years ago today...

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" will put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For April 12, 2011 – Japan nuclear disaster tops the scale at 7, it gets harder to multitask as we get older and why do Steve Buscemi’s eyes keep showing up everywhere?

Mitt Romney takes first official steps towards running for president: "Mitt Romney Monday took his first formal step towards launching another bid for the White House. The former Massachusetts governor, who was a candidate for 2008 Republican presidential nomination, announced that he was setting up a presidential exploratory committee."

• Japan nuclear disaster tops scale: "Japan's prime minister vowed to wind down the month-long crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant "at all costs" Tuesday after his government officially designated the situation there a Chernobyl-level nuclear accident."

• Manned space flight turns 50: "Fifty years after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's Vostok spacecraft blasted off from the steppes of Soviet Kazakhstan and into the history books, the epic flight of the first human in space was being celebrated Tuesday."

Flip no more: "Cisco announced Tuesday that it is exiting several consumer businesses, including Flip, and laying off 550 employees. The networking giant said its new strategy is to serve most consumers indirectly through its business customers, rather than making products that shoppers buy straight from Cisco."

• Why it's harder to multitask as you get older: "A new study sheds light on why older adults have more trouble with multitasking than younger people. Research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the brains of older people, when interrupted, tend to have greater difficulty switching back to their original task than younger folks."

• Have you seen 'Chicks with Steve Buscemeyes'? "Hollywood’s all about having a look, and “Boardwalk Empire’s” Steve Buscemi’s got a unique one – at least he did, before a Tumblr began showing off a slew of Photoshopped female celebrity look-a-likes."

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  1. Nana Brown

    How would you feel Piers if London was occupied?

    April 13, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Nani

    What is the difference between Trump and Qaddafi ? They are both freeing nightmare with inflated egos seeking media attention.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Nani

    Oops !
    What is the difference between Trump and Qaddafi ? They are both FREAKING nightmare with inflated egos seeking media attention.

    April 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Dr David Howard

    April 12th Piers Morgan interview concerning implications of Fukushima Dai-ichi now at level 7 criticality. Piers usually on the ball but this time a total miss. The one thing the entire nuclear industry MUST learn from this incident is to dispose of its own perilous nuclear waste. “The waste problem is the Achilles heel of the nuclear industry,” said Daniel Hirsch, president of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a California-based nuclear watchdog.

    On average, each of the nation’s 104 nuclear reactors produces 2,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel annually — equivalent to the size and weight of 2,000 SUVs. The toxic brew is radioactive for eons. Plutonium-239, for instance, one of the industry’s byproducts, has a half-life of about 24,000 years, according to NRC data.

    Like all other nuclear plants Fukushima Dai-ichi is left with its "spent" fuel pools with no way to dispose of them!!!! This is the BIG DILEMMA which the industry tries to keep hidden. Hopefully Fukushima Dai-ichi will render this problem obvious which unfortunately Piers Morgan had not been briefed when the interviewed the slick industry spokesman – hence sadly Piers Morgan achieved nothing in furtherance of this most crucial global nuclear power problem.

    April 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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