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mikejuk writes "If you have been missing App Inventor, you'll be relieved to learn that it is now available again — albeit still in beta. After two months, MIT has managed to open the beta program and users can once again create App Inventor Android programs. However, you still need a Google ID to sign in, and among the known issues is the problem that MIT App Inventor cannot load projects that are as large as those supported by the Google version. It also reports that some projects have loaded with missing blocks. While the world seems to be intent on making a fuss about the educational impact of cheap hardware like Raspberry Pi, really valuable tools that could produce a new generation of programmers such as App Inventor don't seem to get the headlines or the concern due when they go missing for months."


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A merry-go-round turns inside the cooling tower of the former nuclear power plant in Kalkar, western Germany, on May 28. The plant was constructed from 1977 to 1986. Now it has been converted to a leisure park and receives some 600,000 visitors a year.

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Visitors sit in a merry-go-round in front of the cooling tower of the former nuclear power plant in Kalkar, western Germany, near the border with the Netherlands, on May 28. The plant was constructed from 1977 to 1986, but was never operating as nuclear power plant.

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Visitors sit in a merry-go-round turning on the compound of the former nuclear power plant in Kalkar, western Germany, near the border with the Netherlands, on May 28. The plant was constructed from 1977 to 1986, but was never operating as nuclear power plant. Today, the plant, built at a cost of some 7 billion Deutsche Mark, was converted to a leisure fun park "Wunderland Kalkar" and receives some 600,000 visitors a year and employs about 550 people on the high season

The German government announced Monday that it would shut down all 17 of its nuclear power plants by 2022, which means that this incongruous sight could become the norm across the country.

Read an analysis of the German decision and the likelihood of other nations following suit.

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