China is Going to Build a Solar Plant in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

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. Read More >>

Chernobyl’s Gigantic Radiation Shield Is Now Being Moved Into Place

A giant metal shield designed to contain radioactive waste at Chernobyl’s damaged nuclear reactor is being moved into place. Read More >>

Solar Power Could Be Coming Soon to Chernobyl

The atomic fallout in Chernobyl, Ukraine was one of the worst nuclear disasters in history and put around 2,600 square kilometres (roughly 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 people unable to return to their homes and the property surrounding the reactor abandoned, it was only a matter of time before somebody wanted to attempt to reuse it. Read More >>

Chernobyl’s Milk Is Still Radioactive, Thirty Years After the Meltdown

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? Read More >>

Forest Fires at Chernobyl Could Spawn Clouds of Radioactive Ash

In the years since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the exclusion zone morphed has into an improbable nature reserve—untamed and untouched and, well, still radioactive. A new study warns that forest fires could spread radioactive material from the site, but how dangerous the ash would be is unknown. Read More >>

Ukrainian Wildfires May Bring Chernobyl’s Radiation Back to Life

The legacy of the world's worst nuclear accident lives on. And it might be causing new problems, according to researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research. Read More >>

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 us about it. Read More >>

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Drone Films Chernobyl’s Lost Radioactive City 28 Years On

Drone videos are the new GoPro videos which were the new time lapses which were the new, well, videos, we guess. Where do selfies fit? Everywhere and nowhere. But anyway, while we're overladen with fuzzy flying film these days as the price of personal drones tumbles, in the hands of a pro, and with a subject of genuine interest, it can still produce magic. Read More >>

The Myth of an Untouched Chernobyl

Chernobyl's desolation is ruin porn's hallowed ground. But photographer Darmon Richter says the image of an abandoned Soviet city, untouched since its nuclear disaster, is a carefully constructed facade, a powerful and profitable myth perpetuated by the money-makers of dark tourism. Read More >>

Resilient Birds in Chernobyl are Actually Adapting to Radiation

A newly published study shows that not all living things are necessarily doomed in this radioactive wasteland. Some birds in the exclusion zone are actually adapting to the harsh environment. Read More >>

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Chernobyl’s Steel Radiation Shield is the Biggest Moving Structure Ever

In the normal world, it's what you'd call a bad investment: spending a £1.2 billion to build the largest moveable structure ever—and knowing that it won't work for longer than 100 years. But in Chernobyl, it's the best available option for protecting a whole continent from the worst nuclear disaster in history. Read More >>

The Woods Around Chernobyl are Not 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 soil and ground cover of the forested region, essentially leaving the dead trees and leaf litter unable to decompose. The result is a forest full of "petrified-looking pine trees" that no longer seem capable of rotting. Read More >>