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2007-06-07 18:25:00

PARISHEV, Ukraine -- Two decades after an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant sent clouds of radioactive particles drifting over the fields near her home, Maria Urupa says the wilderness is encroaching. Packs of wolves have eaten two of her dogs, the 73-year-old says, and wild boar trample through her cornfield. And she says fox, rabbits and snakes infest the meadows near her tumbledown cottage. "I've seen a lot of wild animals here," says Urupa, one of about 300 mostly...

2006-07-06 15:40:34

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study confirms a substantially increased risk of thyroid cancer among people exposed to radiation during childhood and adolescence after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. A total of 13,127 of the 32,385 individuals living in the most contaminated area of the Ukraine during the nuclear plant meltdown and who were under 18 at the time were screened between 1998 and 2000, Dr. Geoffrey R. Howe of Columbia University in New York and colleagues report....

2006-04-26 08:25:00

By Sergei Karazy CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- Mourners laid red carnations -- symbols of grief -- in the shadow of the ruined Chernobyl power station on Wednesday as they marked the 20th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident. Hundreds filed past a memorial wall engraved with the names of the local fire crew. They were among the first to perish when Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 blew up on April 26, 1986, spewing radioactive dust across Europe. One old woman in a headscarf made the sign of...

2006-04-26 06:25:00

By Sergei Karazy CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- Mourners laid red carnations in the shadow of the ruined Chernobyl power station on Wednesday as they marked the 20th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident. Hundreds filed past a memorial wall engraved with the names of the local fire crew. They were among the first to perish when Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 blew up on April 26, 1986, spewing radioactive dust across Europe. One old woman in a headscarf made the sign of the cross as she stooped...

2006-04-26 03:54:09

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police on Wednesday dragged away activists protesting on Red Square against atomic power on the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Thirteen young protesters from Greenpeace chained themselves to railings around St Basil's Cathedral, a central Moscow landmark famous for its multicoloured onion domes, before plain clothes agents told them to move on. Unsanctioned protests are forbidden on Red Square, which was a favorite gathering place for Soviet...

2006-04-26 00:25:00

By Sergei Karazy SLAVUTYCH, Ukraine -- Mourners bearing candles marked the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on Wednesday, honoring those who died from its effects as leaders pledged to ensure it would never happen again. Hundreds of people, each bearing a candle, some with red carnations, filed slowly through the streets of Slavutych, the town built to house the Chernobyl plant's workers after the world's worst nuclear accident on April 26, 1986. At 1:23 a.m. Moscow time...

2006-04-25 10:36:37

By Christian Lowe KIEV (Reuters) - The world has failed to learn the lessons of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, according to the man who was in charge of the reactor that blew up 20 years ago this week. Former Chernobyl director Viktor Bryukhanov told Russia's Profil magazine in a rare interview that scientists had covered up the full truth about the design faults that helped cause the world's worst nuclear accident. Bryukhanov, who was jailed for negligence over the accident, was...

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2006-04-23 09:30:00

MOSCOW -- The Chernobyl plant sits idle 20 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, its last reactor taken out of service some six years ago. But a dozen other reactors of the same design remain in operation and some could be in service for another 30 years. Could another one blow up? The explosion of April 26, 1986, is attributed by experts to a fatal combination of design flaws and poor staff training. The design problems have been addressed, but doubt remains about the human...

2006-04-21 01:35:00

By Olena Horodetska CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- Olga Rudchenko cried every night for eight years, desperate to return home. Now she is happy, living once again in her town, Chernobyl. Rudchenko's family was among 200,000 residents evacuated after an explosion ripped through the Chernobyl nuclear power station on April 26, 1986 in the world's worst nuclear accident. She and her husband, Andriy, defied a government ban and returned 12 years ago to live on contaminated land. "It was a long time ago,...

2006-04-19 20:35:00

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - When reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded on April 26, 1986, spewing radioactive dust over much of Europe, many people believed the disaster sounded the death knell for nuclear power. The radioactive fallout -- up to 10 times the amount released during the Hiroshima atomic bombing in 1945 -- spread across Ukraine and its neighbors and reached eastern Europe, Scandinavia, northern Britain and even eastern United...


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siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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