The Terrifying Age of Radioactive Toys for Kids

We've seen some really scary radioactive consumer products and a dozen nuclear-powered vehicle concepts from the mid-20th century. But these toys make you realize that children of the 1950s were exposed to radioactive products all the time — for fun! » 1/15/14 3:00pm 1/15/14 3:00pm

Scientists find radioactive fracking waste in Pennsylvanian stream

A group of Duke University scientists have found concentrations of radium, a highly radioactive substance, in a stream near a facility that treats wastewater left over from hydraulic fracturing. The concentrations are 200 times higher than background levels — and they're in the water supply. » 10/03/13 2:43pm 10/03/13 2:43pm

A Geiger counter, in the style of H.R. Giger

After the release of Prometheus, craftmaker Steve was so inspired by a tweet by Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait that he went out and constructed his own "Giger Counter" using a half-scale model skeleton (and not other simulcra of the human anatomy). And luckily for Steve, his home made for a poor testing ground: » 8/15/12 11:40am 8/15/12 11:40am

What makes polonium the ideal poison for assassins?

As poisons go, polonium-210 is a bit of a mixed bag. Is it effective? Absolutely. If you eat a piece of polonium-210 the size of a grain of salt, it'll probably be enough to kill the average adult. That said, the highly unstable element is notorious for leaving an unmistakable calling card: ridiculously high levels of… » 7/06/12 11:40am 7/06/12 11:40am