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

Brave People Are Building Futuristic Farms on Japan's Radioactive Soil

What does radioactive salad taste like? How about rice sprinkled with nuclear fallout? Well, if you're truly curious, consider taking your next vacation in Fukushima, where some intrepid farmers have begun the daunting task of farming the region's tainted soil. » 1/06/14 2:20pm 1/06/14 2:20pm

Mystery Steam Over Fukushima Could Be Sign of Another Meltdown

The newest update in the highly disconcerting series of devastating failures that is the Fukushima cleanup effort is troubling to say the least. Tepco has confirmed that (unexplained) plumes of steam have been rising from the mangled remains of Reactor Building 3. In other words, there's a chance Fukushima could be in… » 12/31/13 1:00pm 12/31/13 1:00pm

Japan's Billion-Dollar Plan to Store Its Contaminated Fukushima Dirt

As the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has passed, Japan is faced with another conundrum: Where to store thousands of tons of radioactive soil that have been harvested from around the region. This week, officials unveiled a $970 million plan to build a massive storage facility to house the stuff. » 12/11/13 12:40pm 12/11/13 12:40pm

Spacey Fukushima Worker Pushes Wrong Button, Almost Causes Meltdown

It's another week and another chance for TEPCO to embarrass itself at the beleaguered Fukushima power plant. Sometime on Monday morning, the cooling pump for the reactors shut down suddenly. It must've been some mechanical failure or some freak accident, right? Nah. Some worker just pushed the off button by mistake,… » 10/07/13 4:22pm 10/07/13 4:22pm

TEPCO Just Spilled Tons of Radioactive Water into Fukushima's Soil

The operator of Japan's infamously crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant recently attempted to move some radioactive water from one tank to another. In the process, it spilled four tons of deadly sludge. » 10/01/13 2:59pm 10/01/13 2:59pm

Fukushima's Radioactive Water Problem Just Gets Worse and Worse

The clean up crew at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant just can't catch a break. Just a day after Japan's nuclear watchdog raised the severity of a recent water leakage incident from a one to a three on the international scale, experts are stepping forward to say that the problem is actually much worse. » 8/22/13 1:43pm 8/22/13 1:43pm

Fukushima's Now Surrounded by Extremely Radioactive Puddles

A water tank at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan apparently sprung a leak recently. The latest reports from the northern prefecture say that puddles have collected all around the plant, and the implication is clear. Fukushima has a whole new radioactive water problem. » 8/19/13 4:50pm 8/19/13 4:50pm

Japan Wants to Build an Ice Wall to Contain Fukushima's Radioactive…

Radioactive water full of carcinogenic chemicals is leaking out of the Fukushima power plant at a critical rate, critical enough for the Nuclear Regulation Authority to deem the situation an "emergency." It's one of those desperate times, and the measures under consideration sound a little bit desperate. » 8/14/13 10:47am 8/14/13 10:47am

Should You Actually Be Worried About Nuclear Radiation?

Nuclear physics is a forbidding subject, even to trained physicists. To understand current news and discussions about nuclear science and technology, some background knowledge is required, and the high school science picture of the atomic nucleus as a tiny ball of protons and neutrons needs more refinement. Here are… » 7/16/13 3:40pm 7/16/13 3:40pm

The Feds Say That Two Guys Made an X-Ray Weapon to Sicken People

In an attempt to "secretly sicken opponents of Israel" and presumably star as the bad guys in a barely believable action movie, two guys from New York have been accused by the FBI of assembling a portable X-Ray weapon that would shoot lethal doses of radiation. Seriously. They were going to sell it to Jewish… » 6/19/13 11:21pm 6/19/13 11:21pm

Astronauts Traveling To Mars Could Be Protected By a Poop Shield

There are all kinds of dangers on a trip to Mars. Muscle atrophy, cramped quarters, social/isolation stress, being in space. Take your pick. One of the biggest though, is being exposed to all manner of radiation and cosmic rays without an o-zone layer to keep you safe. The solution? An O-zone layer of poop. Basically. » 3/03/13 10:00am 3/03/13 10:00am

Graphene Can Clean Radioactive Water By Clumping Up Toxins Like Magic

The wonders of graphene never seem to cease. Desalinization, flexible semiconductors, and now nuclear waste clean-up. It turns out graphene-oxide is fantastic for clumping up around radioactive waste making it easier to get rid of the stuff. » 1/13/13 1:00pm 1/13/13 1:00pm