Super-Fast Space Travel Would Kill You in Minutes

Everyone thinks it would be cool to travel at the speed of light, which is why scientists devote their lives to working out if it would be possible and NASA is trying to develop its own warp drive. But easy, tiger: turns out super-fast space travel would be fatal. Read More >>

Fukushima's Fish Are Soaked In Record Levels of Radiation

During last year's nuclear disaster, the deadly radiation inside Fukushima 1 became one with the surrounding environment contaminating everything. Things aren't getting any better. Record quantities of the deadly radioactive isotope cesium-137 have just been discovered in the fisheries around Fukushima. Read More >>

Scientists Calculate the Global Health Impact of Fukushima (Don't Panic)

Since the Fukushima nuclear crisis occurred, there has been widespread speculation about the global impact of the disaster. Fortunately, a team of Stanford researchers has thrown their brains at the problem, and the answers are fairly reassuring. Read More >>

Hear a Nuke Detonate and the Chilling Sounds of the Excited Crowd Watching

The above video shows a live nuclear bomb test from 1953, complete with the original background noises, whoops and chit-chat of the innocent viewers who'd been invited to watch it all go off. Read More >>

Japanese Government: Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Was a Manmade Disaster

The failures, explosions, leaks, and subsequent radioactive dead zone that will stain Japan for decades all started with an earthquake. Nobody can stop earthquakes. But after a thorough review, the Japanese government admits humans are responsible for the entire mess. Read More >>

Built-in Radiation Detection is Japan's Newest Mobile Phone Tech Trend

Japanese mobile network Softbank has announced a plan to release a mobile phone that can detect radiation in post-nuclear-apocalyptic areas of the region, and no, it's not just some silly joke app or a clumsy add-on. Read More >>

Over a Year Later, Fukushima's Radiation Is Still Fatal

What a difference a year makes: none. Reactor #2 at Fukushima Daichi is still leaking enough radiation to kill you. Read More >>

The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives

There are no hospitals in space. The closest A&E is back on Earth, and astronauts can't exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin' by? Read More >>

Oh Great: Chunks of Fukushima's Corroded Radioactive Uranium Could Survive in the Ocean for Years

Last march when the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant was disastrously damaged by a tsunami, plant technicians used seawater to cool the meltdown situation. At the time, that was probably the best way to avoid an even worse situation. Read More >>

Toshiba's Gamma Camera Reveals Radioactive Hotspots

Using radiation meters to map out radioactive hotspots is a time consuming process. So to assist the cleanup efforts around Fukushima City, Toshiba has developed a portable video camera that provides real-time visualisations of where those dangerous hotspots might be. Read More >>

Japan Unleashing Packs of Wild Monkeys to Test Fukushima Radiation

Problem: nobody knows just how bad the radioactive contamination is at Fukushima, nine months later. Prediction: still pretty bad. Solution: send in a bunch of monkeys armed with radiation meters and GPS collars, and hope for the best. Let's do it! Read More >>

If Greenpeace Can Break Into a Nuclear Plant, It's Definitely Not Secure

On a quest to prove that security measures surrounding nuclear facilities are ill-considered, nine Greenpeace activists broke into a French nuclear power plant and hung a banner that said "HEY" and "EASY" on it. Even after Greenpeace told police about the stunt, it took them several hours to track them down. Read More >>

Gordon Brown Demands MoD Takes Action Over Scottish Beach Radiation

Gordon Brown has got stuck into the debate over whether the radiation found on a beach in Scotland needs to be cleaned up, and if so, whose fault it is. The radioactive material found is radium, the original glow-in-the-dark element. Read More >>

Hungary Blames Its Own Kin for the Mystery Radiation Cloud in Europe

The radioactive element Iodine-131 has been spreading around Europe in heightened concentrations and everyone is confused as to why it is happening or who is responsible. Hungary thinks they know who: the Budapest-based Institute of Isotopes. Read More >>

EU Bans Airport X-Ray Machines

"Backscatter" X-ray machines, which bombard your body with radiation at the airport, are a subject of controversy in the US. Not in Europe, Mother Jones reports—the machines are now banned throughout the entire EU over cancer risks. Good. Read More >>


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