Do you compost? Rinse and separate your recycling? Yeah, getting rid of garbage is a pain. Unless your garbage is nuclear waste. Getting rid of that is apparently a production of epic proportions.
A slow, ongoing nuclear waste leak at a storage facility in Washington State has escalated over the weekend. According to KING 5 News, the leak has expanded significantly, and one former worker is calling it “catastrophic.”
According to Reuters, Iraq rebels have stolen 88 pounds of uranium compounds that were being used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul.
Antineutrinos are fascinating things, and they're spat out in uncommon quantities by the nuclear power plants around the world. This map shows just how many are churned out each year.
In this week's landscape reads, we rediscover the future of steampunk energy, we walk the radioactive shores of a manmade island in San Francisco, we climb to the top of California's surreal palm tree economy, and we look back with both amusement and horror at pest control in communist China.
The tumbleweed, which seems so at home rolling down an American highway, is actually an invasive plant from the Russian steppes. In the relatively short time it's been invading the plains—just over a century—the tumbleweed has managed to establish itself as an indelible symbol of the western landscape. It is the…
The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has some bad news. It just announced that thieves in Mexico have stolen a truck carrying dangerous radioactive materials. In fact, they got their hands on all the ingredients they'd need to produce a radioactive dirty bomb.
Today, we tracked the very best explosions in space, watched Skynet choose its very first target (The International Space Station? Noooo!), and harkened back to a simpler time in medicine, one marked by house calls, personalized care, and, uh, lead-lined coffins.
Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have announced that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been leaking radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean again.
More proof that March's crisis persists: the Japanese government's found deadly cesium isotopes near the Fukushima district courthouse—that's over 60 miles from the plant. What's worse, the radioactive gunk contained over 20 times the "safe limit" of cesium.
TEPCO's been struggling to keep Fukushima's scorching reactors cool. They've also been struggling to deal with the massive volume of (now radioactive) coolant water. It's not going so well—tons of it are spilling into the ground, Reuters reports.
Somewhere around 75 percent of U.S. nuclear power plants have been found leaking the radioactive element Tritium into the ground to various extents. Corroded piping buried underground seems to be the main problem, and a problem that can affect groundwater if ignored.
Uranium that's been depleted isn't necessarily waste, according to researchers at Nottingham University. They think—besides making ammo and tank armor—it could be used as the basis for future hard drives thousands of times larger than current ones.
This infrared image shows railroad cars carrying 123 tons of nuclear waste. Don't worry about all that heat though, because according to nuclear energy and proliferation expert Matthew Bunn, it "doesn't mean anything in particular in terms of how dangerous [the waste] is."
Radio Active, a project by industrial design student Erez Bar Am, is a wall-mounted analog radio. That's all good and well. The frustration begins when you realize you have to rearrange it every time you want to change the station.
If you were going to sell radioactive cellphones loaded with tritium-from Hiroshima, Japan, no less-you should probably check to make sure that they're not twenty-six times the amount legally allowed. You know, just so you're not arrested by the cops for not having special permission from the Ministry of Science and…
Besides being somewhat dim, most keychain lights have batteries that only last a couple months before needing to be replaced—which often never happens since nobody has watch batteries lying around. But what if you could have this Mini Tritium Keychain, which lasts about 10 years without needing to be replaced? If…
Those of you who fear they've got on the wrong side of Vladimir Putin just might find the Polonium Pen a must-have. Basically a hand-made ion chamber with LED read-out, the Polonium Pen will sniff out excessive doses of the radioactive element in your cocktail, dim sum, or caviar when held over the suspect glass or…
Most alarm clocks function under the mantra that you can sleep better when you don't need to worry about waking up. The Aurora Rocket Clock works under the mantra: you don't have to worry about waking up if you never go to sleep.