Take a Tour of the Most Radioactive Places on Earth

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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 about it.


Veritasium offered sneak peak at the TV show this week, including clips of his visits to Chernobyl and Hiroshima. Muller says that he also visited "nuclear power plants, research reactors, Marie Curie's institute, Einstein's apartment, nuclear medicine areas of hospitals, uranium mines, [and] nuclear bomb sites." That sounds like a lot radioactive places!

Of course, the TV host—and presumably the crew—wore protective gear. It still sounds basically crazy to stomp your way through the site of a nuclear meltdown for the sake of science YouTube views. [Neatorama]



A few nit-picky things:

Europe uses microsieverts, the U.S. uses millirem. 10 microsieverts = 1 millirem.

Chernobyl's biggest problem was the steam explosion, not the meltdown. Reason it spread highly radioactive particles everywhere. (Radiation detectors at nuke plants around the world where going off because of it. Even now, its not recommended to eat wild boars in Germany because of the radiation.)

Chernobyl seriously was the perfect storm for the nuclear industry. From poor reactor design, to unsafe actions. Pretty much whenever a choice was presented, they took the worst action.

Not widely known, but because of all the concrete used, Grand Central Terminal in NYC releases more radiation to the public than what's allowed at nuke plants.