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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...

2011-04-26 07:47:16

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- It has been 25 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Now, researchers say investigating that incident may help us better understand health consequences of nuclear accidents in the past, present, and future. Radioactive elements with a long half-life (the time it takes for half the sample to decay), especially caesium and strontium, will be prevalent in the environment for decades to come. Radioactive iodine, despite having a half-life of just eight days, can cause...

2011-04-25 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and the Institute for Policy Studies' Robert Alvarez will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday, April 26 on the ongoing impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to public health 25 years after the accident, the continuing nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan, and the lessons from both for U.S. public health and safety. PSR will be unveiling a new online interactive...

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2011-04-24 07:57:12

After a week of meetings organized by the Ukrainian government in the capital Kiev, those in attendance decided that the Chernobyl cleanup will remain expensive and a hassle for many more years. The government organized the four-day event to mark the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident. An international donors' conference raised $802 million worth of pledges to build a shelter to cover the exploded reactor building for the next century.  However, the pledges fell short...

2011-04-22 00:00:31

In a global online video address published today Maria Sharapova expresses her solidarity with those affected by the Chernobyl disaster New York, NY (PRWEB) April 21, 2011 In a global online video address published today in advance of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova expresses her solidarity with hundreds of thousands of people who were uprooted from their homes surrounding the site. Sharapova has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the...

2011-04-20 16:35:00

KYIV, Ukraine, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych together with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Director of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano visited Chornobyl nuclear power plant and examined the exact model of its 4th reactor in its current state. Ban Ki-moon thanked Viktor Yanukovych for making such a far-sighted decision to host a nuclear energy Summit in Ukraine. "One of my priorities in office is creating a...

2011-04-20 07:21:00

KYIV, Ukraine, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon invited Ukraine to participate in the next meeting of G20 on nuclear security issues, scheduled for May 2011 in Paris. "I appreciate your offer to make Ukraine's experience in [nuclear security] serve this cause" - highlighted Francois Fillon at the meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The French Prime Minister reiterated that international community has to make some conclusions...

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2011-04-12 13:35:00

Japanese authorities have raised the nuclear crisis rating to the highest level of seven. The new decision reflects the amount of radiation leaked at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The last time level seven was applied was during the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, where 10 times as much radiation was emitted. Japanese Prime Minster Naoto Kan said radiation leaks at the plant were starting to decline. Kan said in a news conference that The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will...

2011-04-09 13:56:00

STURTEVANT, Wis., April 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Two 70Z-Meter concrete boom pumps - the world's largest - departed this morning from Los Angeles International Airport and Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport and are headed for Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant to help contain the damaged nuclear reactors there. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110409/CG80370 ) Putzmeister America, Inc., based in Sturtevant, is a division of one of the world's most respected heavy equipment...

2011-04-07 10:30:00

STURTEVANT, Wis., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A Wisconsin company is part of a global effort to help contain Japan's damaged nuclear reactors. Putzmeister America, Inc., based in Sturtevant, is a division of one of the world's most respected heavy equipment manufacturers, Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH (PCP). The two affiliates are sending four additional boom pumps to join one already working at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant. The two pumps departing from the U.S. - the 70Z-Meter,...


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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