Chernobyl's Steel Radiation Shield Is the Biggest Moving Structure Ever

In the normal world, it's what you'd call a bad investment: Spending $2 billion to build the largest moveable structure ever—and knowing that it won't work for longer than 100 years. But in Chernobyl, it's the best available option for protecting a whole continent from the worst nuclear disaster in history. » 4/28/14 1:40pm 4/28/14 1:40pm

The Woods Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying

Like a landscape of the undead, the woods outside Chernobyl are having trouble decomposing. The catastrophic meltdown and ensuing radiation blast of April 1986 has had long-term effects on the very soil and ground cover of the forested region, essentially leaving the dead trees and leaf litter unable to decompose. The… » 3/17/14 12:12pm 3/17/14 12:12pm

This Massive Steel Structure Will Entomb Chernobyl's Reactor 4

When an unexpected power surge sparked the world's worst nuclear accident in Chernobyl, nearly a quarter of a million construction workers risked their lives to build an ad hoc "sarcophagus" of concrete around the stricken reactor. It was a stop-gap measure—and now, almost 3o years later, one of the biggest… » 11/29/13 11:30am 11/29/13 11:30am

What Would It Take To Evacuate a Nuclear Meltdown?

The U.S.' nuclear plants are getting older, becoming more unstable with age even as we demand more power of them. Meanwhile, population growth around these powerhouses has sky-rocketed, by as much as a factor of four in some places. Say you live in one of these cities. In the event of an emergency, how likely is it… » 6/27/11 9:00pm 6/27/11 9:00pm

16-Year-Old Builds Elaborate S.T.A.L.K.E.R, Chernobyl Themed PC

It took around a year to put together from scratch, but a German PC modder going by the name "Froop" managed to build an elaborate PC casemod inspired by the Chernobyl theme in the game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The result is "Unit 4," a working PC model of Chernobyl complete with a flip-top that allows you to peer into the… » 5/12/08 7:40pm 5/12/08 7:40pm