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Take A Tour Of The Most Radioactive Places On Earth

People do some pretty dumb things for YouTube videos. Derek Muller does them for the sake of science, though. The host of Veritasium, a YouTube channel about science, recently visited the most radioactive places on Earth for a TV show about how Uranium and radioactivity affected the modern world. And he lived to tell about it.


Gamma-Ray Bursts Are More Common On Earth Than We Thought

Gamma ray bursts — powerful burst of electromagnetic radiation — are more common on Earth than previously realised. Scientists have discovered that they’re generated as many as 1100 times a day in the storms that occur on the surface of our planet.


New Information On The Invisible Belt That Saves Earth From Radiation

A NASA-led study of the Van Allen radiation belts has uncovered new information about the invisible “shield” that keeps harmful ultrarelativistic electrons from the Earth. Just last year, the probes reported the existence of a new, previously-unknown third belt thousands of kilometres above the Earth.


This Is What Happens When You Bombard A GoPro With X-Ray Beams

Gizmodo reader Andrew Seltzman sent us these videos of his custom-made radiation-shielded GoPro camera going under an industrial irradiator and getting bombarded by X-rays. Reminder: Getting irradiated by a particle accelerator doesn’t give you superpowers. I think.


These Alien Skyscrapers Will Rest On The Site Of An Old Uranium Plant In Brisbane

The Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Zaha Hadid just released images of her latest design — three matching towers for Brisbane’s waterfront — and they look nothing short of alien. Which feels oddly appropriate, since the skyscrapers are also supposed to sit on potentially radioactive land.


Radioactive Boars From Chernobyl Are Still Wandering Around Germany

Nearly 30 years later, radiation from Chernobyl still scars the landscape. Perhaps most remarkably, some of that radiation travelled hundreds of kilometres downwind, settled into the soil, and moved up through the food chain. So now we have radioactive wild boars, still roaming around Germany causing trouble.


The Tragic Tale Of Atomic Man: Life As A Radioactive Human

For the first time since the accident in 1976, workers at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington are planning to clean out the room where chemicals exploded in Harold McCluskey’s face, showering him with radiation 500 times the occupational limit and embedding radioactive americium in his skull, turning him into the Atomic Man.


How Scientists Will Look Inside Fukushima's Radioactive Cores

The inside of Fukushima’s three busted reactor cores are a big mess. It’s basically just hundreds of tons of very, very, very radioactive materials like uranium, plutonium and caesium. Workers want to clean it up, but they have a problem. It’s so dangerous, they can’t peek inside, much less go inside.


Happy Hour: How Atomic Bombs Help Unmask Counterfeit Wine

As long as rich men are willing to pay exorbitant amounts for old, fermented juice, there will be schemers willing to dupe them out of their money. But if you’re dropping a cool half million on four bottles of wine supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson (true story), you want to make sure you have the real thing, right? You can, thanks in part to the atomic bomb.


Flying 3D Printers Could Help Seal Off Nuclear Waste

A quadcopter outfitted with an on-board 3D printer could be used to seal off and transport nuclear waste, or even to build structures in the middle of nowhere, according to its inventor, Mirko Kovac of University College, London. “In effect, it’s the world’s first flying 3D printer,” New Scientist writes. “One day such drones might work together to help remove waste from nuclear sites or help patch up damaged buildings.”