energy
Excessive Radiation Inside Fukushima Fries Clean-up Robot

The robot was sent into reactor No. 2 to inspect and clean a passage for another robot in the damaged nuclear facility. Image: TEPCO/Associated Press
A remotely-controlled robot sent to inspect and clean a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be pulled early when its onboard camera went dark, the result of excess radiation. The abbreviated mission suggests that radiation levels inside the reactor are even higher than was reported last week—and that robots are going to have a hell of a time cleaning this mess up. Read More >>

movies
Why Independence Day Is So Much Better Than Other Disaster Movies

Disaster movies are one and the same—we’re all just watching them to see the world come under attack and famous landmarks get destroyed. “Oh my god, did they just do that to the Golden Gate Bridge?” “Not the Sydney Opera House!” But there’s one disaster movie that’s better than them all: Independence Day. Read More >>

science
Future Disasters Could See Humans Evolve in Bizarre Ways

There are a lot of weird-shaped people in the world, but they’d all look perfectly (okay, relatively) normal next to Future Human. Speaking on Extant Season 2, paleoanthropologist Dr Matthew Skinner this week explained how people may develop in order to cope with rising sea levels, an asteroid impact, and even the colonisation of nearby planets. Read More >>

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This Crazy Drone Footage of Cars Swallowed by a Sinkhole Looks Like a Disaster Movie

A car park outside an IHOP pancake house in Meridian, Mississippi collapsed the other day leaving a nearly 400 foot by 35 foot gash that swallowed around a dozen cars. Read More >>

architecture
This House Was Designed Around the Rock that Almost Killed its Owners

Sometimes a disaster becomes a feature. This is an actual home, which was almost crushed by the very rock that is now its most intriguing architectural detail. Read More >>

nasa
How an Organisational Breakdown at NASA Let the Challenger Lift Off

The "massive malfunction" that killed seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 also forever changed NASA; an agency that seemed infallible. What breakdown in the decision-making process led to the shuttle lifting off? The organisational structure of NASA itself played a bigger role than you might imagine. Read More >>

locations
There’s a “Disney World” for Disasters That Trains Emergency Responders

The main attraction in Kansas's Crisis City, a disaster simulation zone, is a giant pile of rubble. It isn't easy, you know, to make rubble that is 1) structurally sound enough for trainees to crawl over safely and 2) structurally unsound enough to simulate a real disaster. Read More >>

monster machines
Orange Herald: The Bomb Behind Britain’s Worst Nuclear Disaster

Soon after the Second World War, it became evident to the UK that the US had no intention of sharing their newly acquired nuclear weapons technology despite the UK's assistance in the Manhattan Project. As such the British government set about building its own atomic arsenal; leading to the worst nuclear meltdown in UK history. Read More >>

design
This Home is Designed to Stand Up to a Tsunami

Little can actually be guaranteed to survive the high-velocity wave walls and pummeling winds of a tsunami—but this house will at least put up a damn good showing. Read More >>

wtf
This Beach Is Made from the Blood and Bodies of 200 Tonnes of Dead Sardines

In Japan, there's a scary sight on a port in Isumi City of Chiba Prefecture. The ground has been covered by 200 tonnes of dead, rotting sardines and the ocean has been stained red with their blood. It looks like a beach from hell. Read More >>

food
Unspeakable Tragedy: £202 Million of Cheese Destroyed in Italian Earthquake

On Sunday, Northern Italy was rocked by a magnitude-6.0 earthquake. In the process, many cheese factories in the region suffered damage—and it is estimated that over 300,000 wheels of cheese, thought to be worth at least £202 million, have been destroyed. Read More >>

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The Damage to NYC in The Avengers Would Cost £100 Billion to Repair

In their most recent outing, the Avengers protect Manhattan from complete devastation. But disaster experts claim that the damage would still set the city back more than Hurricane Katrina or even last year's Japanese tsunami. Read More >>

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This Recently Unearthed Homemade Video of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Shows Just How Dangerous Space Travel Really Is

It’s easy to forget that people died forging mankind’s path into orbit, space, the Moon, and beyond. This recently rediscovered original Super 8 video, shot from less than 10 miles away from NASA’s doomed Challenger launch site in 1986, brings it home in haunting detail. Read More >>