Quantcast

Latest Chernobyl disaster Stories

2011-09-20 13:37:37

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today published Japanese translations of articles from its new special issue on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster. The online Japanese edition features influential writers examining the current and future impact of Fukushima, what might have been done to lessen the scale of the accident, and the steps we need to take both in Japan and worldwide to prevent another nuclear tragedy. Editorial and translation services for the Fukushima...

2011-09-20 11:13:09

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists publish special issue on Fukushima When the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on March 11, 2011, the world witnessed the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. In a special Fukushima issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published today by SAGE, experts examine the current and future impact of Fukushima, what might have been done to lessen the scale of the accident, and...

2011-09-12 11:26:57

The amount of radiation released during the Fukushima nuclear disaster was so great that the level of atmospheric radioactive aerosols in Washington state was 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than normal levels in the week following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the disaster. Despite the increase, the levels were still well below the amount considered harmful to humans and they posed no health risks to residents at the time, according to researchers at The University of...

2011-06-07 19:12:59

The decision of the German government to phase out nuclear power by 2022 has reopened an energy debate that has far wider implications than Germany or Japan, which is still coming to terms with events at the damaged Fukushima plant. This virtual issue, published by the SETAC journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry adds to that debate by exploring the ecological effects of radiation, using research from the Chernobyl disaster. The issue is a freely accessible resource for researchers...

9ece4b40619ffdbe0db17ccc3af74fe0
2011-05-27 11:27:59

New study challenges belief that exposure to nuclear radiation has no or negligible genetic effects in humans Ionizing radiation is not without danger to human populations. Indeed, exposure to nuclear radiation leads to an increase in male births relative to female births, according to a new study by Hagen Scherb and Kristina Voigt from the Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen. Their work shows that radiation from atomic bomb testing before the Partial Test Ban Treaty in 1963, the Chernobyl accident, and...

2011-05-24 18:43:48

A novel way to immobilise radioactive forms of iodine using a microwave, has been discovered by an expert at the University of Sheffield. Iodine radioisotopes are produced by fission of uranium fuel in a nuclear reactor. Radioactive iodine is of concern because it is highly mobile in the environment and selective uptake by the thyroid gland can pose a significant cancer risk following long term exposure. Furthermore, iodine-129, which is a type of radioactive iodine, has an extremely long...

3435c45502d16027d42a954254eb75b3
2011-05-20 12:50:41

National Science Foundation awards rapid-response grants to establish ocean radionuclide levels from FukushimaAmong the casualties of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan was the country's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.A result of the loss of electricity, overheating at the power plant led to significant releases of iodine, cesium and other radioisotopes to the environment.Japanese officials recently raised the severity of the nuclear power plant incident to...

37c2934a744e4cfa5f4df2e599ad0c34
2011-05-18 12:45:00

Japanese health officials said on Tuesday the potential health consequences of the nuclear crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant are not equal to those caused by the disaster at Chernobyl. Makoto Akashi of Japan's National Institute of Radiological Sciences said the levels of radioactive materials Cesium 134 and 137 are "much less than those of the accident at Chernobyl." Akashi made the Chernobyl comparison during a special event devoted to the Fukushima crisis at the World Health...

68b7e74e9585717f69f2c900d7fc8df41
2011-04-27 08:14:40

On April 26, 1986, history's greatest nuclear accident took place northwest of the Ukrainian city of Chernobyl. Despite the scale of the disaster, 25 years later, we still do not know it's real effects. An international team of investigators has shown for the first time that the color of birds' plumage may make them more vulnerable to radioactivity. Radiation causes oxidative stress, damages biological molecules and may have "important" negative effects on organisms in relatively high doses,...

8b1fdf00a79e973c46510aa205253f4f1
2011-04-26 12:40:00

Twenty-five years ago today, the world's worst nuclear disaster took place at Chernobyl in Ukraine, leaving 30 people dead and many more exposed to radiation. Workers at the Chernobyl atomic power station were carrying out a test on reactor four when operating errors and design flaws sparked explosions in the early hours of April 26, 1986. Two workers were killed by the explosion and 28 other rescuers and staff died of radiation exposure in the following months.  Moscow did not report...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
Related