Wild Boars Remain at Radiation-Hit Fukushima as Residents Prepare to Return

In just a few weeks, the residents of a Fukushima city will finally be allowed to return to their homes. Trouble is, the place has been overrun by hundreds of belligerent and potentially radioactive wild boars, prompting public safety concerns. Read More >>

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 >>

Radiation Levels Are Soaring Inside the Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high, and are the worst since the plant suffered a triple meltdown nearly six years ago. The latest readings now pose a serious challenge as officials prepare to dismantle the stricken facility. Read More >>

A Promising New Method For Cleaning Up the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water remain sitting around the site of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. But scientists can’t simply dump the liquid into the ocean, and if it continues sitting around, it could seep into the soil. Read More >>

Ingenious New Camera Can Read Closed Books

In a breakthrough that will appeal to both spies and those who work with priceless but frail historical documents, researchers at MIT have developed a camera that uses terahertz radiation to peer at the text on pages of a book, without it having to be open. Read More >>

New Thing MXene Can Block Mobile Radiation

MXene is a thing that sounds a bit like current-gen wonderthing graphene, in that it's a virtually 2D combination of titanium and carbon that can be rolled out of the machines at a thickness of just one nanometre. And that's enough to block mobile phone radiation, and therefore protect the sperm counts of the next generation of male youths if it can be incorporated into the trousers pockets of the future. Read More >>

What a Radioactive Town Looks Like Five Years After the Humans Left

Since March 2011, a 30-mile radius around the ruined Fukushima Daiichi reactor has been a designated exclusion zone, unsafe to travel. Over 100,000 evacuees left in a hurry and left behind a snapshot of what life looked like in the moments just before they fled. A brave soul recently snuck in to photograph the apocalyptic scene today. Read More >>

Belgium is Giving its Population Iodine Tablets in Case of Nuclear Disaster

Maybe the Belgians known something we don’t. The country has just decided to give everyone iodine pills for the event of nuclear catastrophe. 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 >>

Is Radiation Actually Dangerous for You?

Radiation is all around us and too much of radiation is a bad thing so... are we all just screwed? Not exactly. Read More >>

First Fukushima Recovery Worker Diagnosed With Radiation-Linked Cancer

When Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered its meltdown in 2011, over 44,0000 workers helped safely take it offline. Now, more than four years later, comes the first diagnosis of cancer in a recovery worker to be linked to radiation exposure during the work. Read More >>

French Woman Gets Court to Agree She Has an Electromagnetic Radiation Allergy

People who claim to suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity are enjoying a moment of international validation right now, thanks to a French court agreeing to grant disabled status to a woman who says she experiences discomfort when around modern things like routers, phones, computer displays and men with beards talking about Chvrches*. Read More >>

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Here are the True Radiation Dangers in Your Environment

People are terrified that they’re being exposed to radiation all the time, whether from a distant nuclear accident or the mobile devices snuggled against their heads. Generally, they are wrong. Here are the most radioactive objects in the world around you, and the truth about which ones cause health problems. Read More >>

Anti-Radiation Phone Case “Protects Your Manhood”

If you ever plan on doing more important things with your sperm than washing it down the sink twice a day amid a fog of regret, you might want to invest in a WaveWall case -- a phone case that's supposedly ribbed with a special lining that blocks electromagnetic radiation and can therefore protect your little seamen from damage. Read More >>