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30 years later, $1.6B mega-project finally puts Chernobyl to rest

30 years later, $1.6B mega-project finally puts Chernobyl to rest The Chernobyl reactor (hereafter, Chernobyl) has of course been buried in concrete and steel this entire time, but it’s also been 30 years since Russian authorities put that original “sarcophagus” into place.And the project, called New Safe Confinement, certainly was mega.

Fukushima's Reactor #2 is far more radioactive than previously realized, but no sign of containment breach

Fukushima's Reactor #2 is far more radioactive than previously realized, but no sign of containment breach Specifically, the company had found some of the fuel debris associated with the failure of Reactor #2 at the bottom of the reactor’s containment vessel.Previous measurements of the radiation inside the containment vessel had pointed to an exposure level of 73 sieverts per hour.

Scientists find incredibly high levels of pollution in the Mariana Trench, including low-sodium Spam

Scientists find incredibly high levels of pollution in the Mariana Trench, including low-sodium Spam Yep, that’s a can of luncheon meat from 2001, at 5 km down on the slopes of the Mariana Trench.A recent submarine expedition to the deepest reaches of the ocean uncovered such sublime traces of human influence as flame retardant chemicals and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs), like PCBs, Budweiser, and low-sodium Spam.

Detectors have picked up an unexplained wave of radioactivity across Europe

Detectors have picked up an unexplained wave of radioactivity across Europe “Since only Iodine-131 was measured, and no other radioactive substances, we think it originates from a pharmaceutical company producing radioactive drugs.It is possible to partially reconstruct the path the cloud of radioactivity followed as it spread.

The robots studying the Fukushima nuclear waste site keep failing

The robots studying the Fukushima nuclear waste site keep failing The robots sent in to investigate the nuclear fallout at Fukushima just aren't good enough.Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) head of decommissioning admitted on Thursday that more creativity was needed in developing its robots sent to the reactive zone.

We can't see inside Fukushima Daiichi because all our robots keep dying

We can't see inside Fukushima Daiichi because all our robots keep dying Last month, we reported on new findings about Reactor #2 that showed it was far more radioactive inside than previously measured.Initial attempts to see into Reactor #2 via robotic probe have all failed.

Brilliant ad shows the impact of Japan's tsunami of 2011 that killed tens of thousands

Brilliant ad shows the impact of Japan's tsunami of 2011 that killed tens of thousands A clever advertisement paying tribute to the lives lost in Japan's 2011 earthquake is also sending shockwaves through the web.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami waves associated with it in March 2011 killed tens of thousands of people in the country.