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Nuclear Radiation Hot Spots Found at Starting Point of Japan’s 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

High levels of radiation have been detected near Japan’s J-Village, a sports facility and the starting point of the upcoming Olympic torch relay, according to Greenpeace. The discovery was made by surveyors with Greenpeace Japan, which warns that monitoring and decontamination efforts in Fukushima are inadequate. Read More >>

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Russian Health Officials Blame ‘Fukushima Crabs’ for Caesium-137 Exposure After Mysterious Accident

A doctor who treated survivors of a mysterious nuclear accident in Russia was told that the radioactive isotope caesium-137 must have made its way into their body due to “Fukushima crabs,” according to CNN. Read More >>

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Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian nuclear agency Rosatom admitted late on Friday that a suspicious cloud of radiation that spread over the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an explosion at one of its facilities, the Guardian reported, involving experiments involving an “isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine”. Read More >>

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Radiation Levels Spike Following Mysterious Explosion in Russia

A Russian city reportedly observed a rise in radiation levels after an explosion at a nearby military testing site, which left at least two dead. Read More >>

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This Bottle of Vodka Was Made From Grain Grown Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Grains and water from Chernobyl’s dreaded exclusion zone have been used to produce a single bottle of vodka. Called ATOMIK, the vodka could revolutionise the way land is reclaimed in the radioactive region surrounding the beleaguered nuclear power plant. Read More >>

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Unexplained Radiation Leak Traced to Russian Nuclear Facility

Two years after a mysterious cloud of radiation swept through Europe, a team of scientists has pinpointed the source of the leak to a nuclear reprocessing plant in Russia, which was preparing materials for an Italian physics experiment at the time. Read More >>

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Radiation Levels at the Marshall Islands Remain Disturbingly High

An analysis of soil samples, ocean sediment, and fruits from the Marshall Islands—the site of nearly 70 nuclear weapons tests during the 1940s and 1950s—has revealed alarmingly high levels of radiation, with some regions at levels exceeding areas affected by the Fukushima and Chernobyl disasters. Read More >>

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A Sunken Cold War Nuclear Sub Is Leaking Radiation at Levels 800,000 Times Normal

Using a robotic sub, a team of investigators has detected traces of radiation leaking from Komsomolets – a Soviet nuclear submarine that sank 30 years ago in the Norwegian Sea. The recorded radiation levels are unusually high, but scientists say it’s not threatening humans or marine life. Read More >>

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Astronauts Aren’t Dying From Space Radiation, New Research Suggests

Excessive exposure to the Sun’s harmful rays is an occupational hazard endured by astronauts, who run the risk of contracting cancer and heart disease as a result. At least that’s what we thought. New research shows that astronauts aren’t dying prematurely, but scientists caution that long duration missions will pose serious risks. Read More >>

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The Terrifying Reasons We’re Confronting the Chernobyl Disaster Right Now

Thirty-three years after the nuclear catastrophe that defined its name, Chernobyl has surged back into the popular consciousness. HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries, which dramatized the disaster and the Soviet government’s attempt to cover-up key details, is part of a string of major works that have revisited the Chernobyl catastrophe this year. In February, Adam Higginbotham reconstructed the immediate aftermath in his book Midnight in Chernobyl; a month later, historian Kate Brown’s Manual for Survival hit the shelves. Read More >>

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Nuclear Fuel Rod Removed From Stricken Fukushima Reactor for the First Time

Engineers in Japan reached an important milestone yesterday, as they began removing fuel rods from one of three reactors that experienced meltdowns in 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Read More >>

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Indian Scientists Measure 1.3-Billion-Volt Thunderstorm, the Strongest on Record

Scientists in India observed the highest-voltage thunderstorm ever documented with the help of a subatomic particle you might not hear much about: the muon. Read More >>

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Body of a Cancer Patient Left Radioactive Material at Arizona Crematorium

An Arizona crematorium was contaminated with radiation after the cremation of a patient who’d received radiopharmaceutical treatment, according to a new case study. Read More >>

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Grand Canyon Museumgoers Exposed to Uranium for Years, Safety Manager Claims

Earlier this month, a US National Park Service safety manager sent a “rogue” email alleging the improper storing of radioactive material at a Grand Canyon facility frequented by children, the Arizona Republic reports. Read More >>

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Someone’s Invented a Handbag for Women Scared of Their Phones

Worried about radiation, but can't stop scrolling on Instagram? There's a bag for that. Read More >>