radiation

The Woods Around Chernobyl Aren't 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 very 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.


Brave People Are Building Futuristic Farms On Japan's Radioactive Soil

What does radioactive salad taste like? How about rice sprinkled with nuclear fallout? Well, if you’re truly curious, consider taking your next vacation in Fukushima, where some intrepid farmers have begun the daunting task of farming the region’s tainted soil.


Mystery Steam Over Fukushima Could Be Sign Of Another Meltdown

The newest update in the highly disconcerting series of devastating failures that is the Fukushima cleanup effort is troubling to say the least. Tepco has confirmed that (unexplained) plumes of steam have been rising from the mangled remains of Reactor Building 3. In other words, there’s a chance Fukushima could be in the middle of another meltdown.


X-Ray Machines Reveal The Beautiful Underworld Of Art

X-rays are usually the colorless bringer of bad news. Hey look there’s your broken hip. See that crack? That’s where it hurt. But if you look closer, the detail and image quality of x-rays can be pretty damn incredible. A radiation physicist Arie van’t Riet noticed that and has now used the machine to create art. His pieces reveal the hidden beauty underneath the skin. They’re fantastic.


Fresh Fish! Sliced And Diced! Tested For Radioactivity

Hundreds of kilos of freshly caught fish are express-mailed to a building in the small town of Onjuku, Japan, everyday. There, a team quickly slices and dices the fish into fillets. But this is no kitchen, and the fresh fish are definitely not for consumption.


Japan's Billion-Dollar Plan To Store Its Contaminated Fukushima Dirt15

As the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has passed, Japan is faced with another conundrum: Where to store thousands of tons of radioactive soil that have been harvested from around the region. This week, officials unveiled a $US970 million plan to build a massive storage facility to house the stuff.



Fukushima Workers Accidentally Douse Themselves In Toxic Water

In case you weren’t already concerned enough about the wacky (re: highly dangerous) antics going over at the Fukushima power plant, maybe this will do the trick. Six workers attempting to clean up the increasingly unruly mess have accidentally doused themselves with highly radioactive water.


Spacey Fukushima Worker Pushes Wrong Button, Almost Causes Meltdown

It’s another week and another chance for TEPCO to embarrass itself at the beleaguered Fukushima power plant. Sometime on Monday morning, the cooling pump for the reactors shut down suddenly. It must’ve been some mechanical failure or some freak accident, right? Nah. Some worker just pushed the off button by mistake, according to the Nuclear Regulation Authority.


TEPCO Just Spilled Tonnes Of Radioactive Water Into Fukushima's Soil

The operator of Japan’s infamously crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant recently attempted to move some radioactive water from one tank to another. In the process, it spilled four tonnes of deadly sludge.