We already saw how the new $1.6 billion sarcophagus—the 843-foot wide, 354-foot tall steel shield that entombs the radioactive material leaking from the damaged nuclear reactor left over from the Chernobyl disaster—was going to be put in place to replace the old concrete structure that enclosed the damaged reactor…
A pair of Chinese companies are planning to build a solar plant in one of the scariest places in the world—the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor.
A giant metal shield designed to contain radioactive waste at Chernobyl’s damaged nuclear reactor is being moved into place.
The atomic fallout in Chernobyl, Ukraine was one of the worst nuclear disasters in history and put around 2,600 square kilometers (around 1,000 square miles) of land out of commission. It’s been good for shitty horror films and for the wildlife that has blossomed there following the disaster, but after decades of…
It’s been thirty years since the Chernobyl disaster and radiation levels in plants seemed to have died down. So why are levels of radiation in milk still peaking?
The most famous disaster in the history of nuclear power was the result of many small problems—but perhaps the most important problem was the unrecognized presence of a “neutron poison.”
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,…
Chernobyl is obviously well-known for one particular thing, but as it turns out, the town is hiding things other than two-headed squirrels.
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…
Filmmaker Danny Cook went earlier this year to Pripyat—an abandoned city near Chernobyl, Ukraine—and captured this new amazing footage. It's the closest that, hopefully, you will ever see to a post-apocalyptic city, 28 years after the catastrophe that has killed about 200,000 people since then.
We've seen tons of photographs of the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, which has been abandoned since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, but this video offers a different view. Cinematographer Danny Cooke was able to fly a drone through the city, capturing the current state of decay.
Nearly 30 years later, radiation from Chernobyl still scars the landscape. Perhaps most remarkably, some of that radiation traveled hundreds of miles downwind, settled into the soil, and moved up through the food chain. So now we have radioactive wild boars, still roaming around Germany causing trouble.
Daydreaming about traipsing around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone made me wonder just how idyllic this accidental-wildlife refuge really is. Local camera-trap photography is downright sexy with wolves, lynx, eagle, and deer, but the satellite images paint a duller picture.
Chernobyl is a radioactive wasteland, fallout from a horrific meltdown. Except after decades of abandonment, it's not so much a wasteland as an unintentional wildlife refuge. Check out these futuristic designs to transform the disaster zone into a prime tourist destination.