Wildlife Is Making a Comeback at Chernobyl — Now That People Have Left

The accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 had a devastating impact on the local population and forced 116,000 people to permanently leave their homes. But now researchers have discovered that, while the people may not have returned, the contaminated area of Belarus is teeming with wild animals,… »10/06/15 6:15am10/06/15 6:15am

Your Fake Diamond Ring Might Be Resistant to Radiation

Zirconium is best known to the public as the ring you get your fiancée if you don’t love her enough to invest in a blood diamond. Popular as it is in “fake” jewelry, zirconium is more often used in power plants and space shuttles, because it has a remarkable resistance to damage by radiation. »8/12/15 3:00am8/12/15 3:00am

Stop Freaking Out: Fukushima Isn't Mutating the Daisies 

A picture of some deformed plant sex organs is alarming people all over the internet this week. The photo, taken by Twitter user @san_kaido, shows a bunch of daisies that look like conjoined twins. The accompanying tweet describes their twisted, ribbonlike appearance, and reports a radiation reading for the spot. »7/24/15 4:06pm7/24/15 4:06pm

Ruined Fukushima Plant Leaking Radiation 70 Times Above Normal Levels

Fukushima is Japan's radiation nightmare that just won't go away. Ever since March 11, 2011, the damaged plant has been riddled with leaks and cleanup setbacks. Now Tepco, the operator of the damaged facility, says they've recorded spikes between 50-70 times above average readings in the gutters that pour water into a… »2/22/15 5:01pm2/22/15 5:01pm

Take a Tour of the Most Radioactive Places on Earth

People do some pretty dumb things for YouTube videos. Derek Muller does them for the sake of science, though. The host of Veritasium, a YouTube channel about science, recently visited the most radioactive places on Earth for a TV show about how Uranium and radioactivity affected the modern world. And he lived to tell… »12/20/14 10:00am12/20/14 10:00am