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Radiation’s Effect on Nature

While everyone continues to worry and wonder about the potential threat caused by Japan’s leaking nuclear reactors, many have reflected on the world’s single largest nuclear disaster, the Chernobyl meltdown—which occurred 25 years ago today. But few have looked at the effect the radiation had on wild animals. The Quantum Biologist has a fascinating article detailing [...]

Sounds from Dangerous Places: Chernobyl

I’ve devoted many a post to the way the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone — that 25km swath evacuated around the Ukrainian nuclear reactor that failed in 1986 — looked. It’s a wonderland of creepy decay, its buildings full of personal effects because the people who lived there were given so little time to evacuate. I’ve never [...]

Video: Inside the Chernobyl “Zone of Alienation”

On April 26, 1986 a massive accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in what is now the Ukraine. A nuclear reactor exploded, sending radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and killing more than 50 people, with another 800,000 exposed to radiation and increased risk of cancer. Around the Chernobyl plant is a 30-kilometer Zone [...]

The Vice Guides to Travel

For the past few years, VICE magazine has been dispatching correspondents to far-flung, weird and dangerous parts of the world — places you would never, never think of taking the family on vacation — and they’ve been coming back with amazing footage. North Korea, Chernobyl and Liberia have all been visited by VICE’s foul-mouthed hipsters, [...]

The Mutated Insects of Chernobyl

Image: Cornelia Hesse-Honegger Since 1967, scientific illustrator Cornelia Hesse-Honegger has visited the 25 nuclear sites, including that of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, documenting the mutated insects resulting from radioactive contamination. In an interview about her work, Hesse-Honegger said: I never thought really about myself as being an artist. I just made what I thought was necessary. I [...]