Ruined Fukushima Plant Leaking Radiation 70 Times Above Normal Levels

Fukushima is Japan's radiation nightmare that just won't go away. Ever since March 11, 2011, the damaged plant has been riddled with leaks and cleanup setbacks. Now Tepco, the operator of the damaged facility, says they've recorded spikes between 50-70 times above average readings in the gutters that pour water into a… » 2/22/15 6:22pm 2/22/15 6:22pm

A Drug that Turns Radioactive Elements into Harmless Chemicals

After the nuclear power plant accident at Fukushima, scientists around the world went into high gear, trying to figure out how we could respond next time. And for chemists at Berkeley Lab, that means trying to develop a pill that people could take to neutralize radioactive elements in the environment. » 10/31/14 5:30pm 10/31/14 5:30pm

Impact of Cosmic Rays on Cognitive Health

As part of investigations into the impact of long-duration space travel on squishy biological creatures, researchers at Johns Hopkins University blasted rats with high-speed particles. Shockingly, the irradiated rats failed to develop awesome superpowers, instead developing cognitive issues. Whoops. » 5/01/14 11:40am 5/01/14 11:40am

The Woods Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying

Like a landscape of the undead, the woods outside Chernobyl are having trouble decomposing. The catastrophic meltdown and ensuing radiation blast of April 1986 has had long-term effects on the very soil and ground cover of the forested region, essentially leaving the dead trees and leaf litter unable to decompose. The… » 3/17/14 1:50pm 3/17/14 1:50pm

Earth’s Mysterious Third Radiation Ring Driven By ‘Different Physics’

Earlier this year, NASA scientists discovered a “previously unknown surprise circling Earth” — an ephemeral third ring of radiation surrounding our planet. Now, some eight months later, UCLA scientists say they know what’s going on — and it’s unlike anything physicists have ever seen before. » 9/24/13 8:00am 9/24/13 8:00am

Mechanic accused of inventing a death ray for Israel and/or the KKK

A mechanic who worked at General Electric in New York spent the past several years perfecting a deadly, truck-mounted radiation weapon. According to the FBI, he tried to sell it to some Jews in his area, whom he figured could hand it over to Israel. Failing that, he tried to sell it to some friends in the KKK. » 6/19/13 10:39am 6/19/13 10:39am