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Drilling technologies can be used to dispose of nuclear waste

Berkeley - There are tens of millions of highly radioactive, spent nuclear fuel rods being kept in temporary facilities around the United States. A father-daughter team from California has come up with a unique way to permanently store nuclear waste.

Essential Science: Overcoming health risks for Mars mission

Although space radiation presents one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, NASA is working on overcoming this, and other obstacles, so that humans sent to Mars on a future mission remain healthy.

TEPCO defends Fukushima ‘ice wall,’ but it is still too porous

Tokyo - A costly “ice wall” is failing to keep groundwater from seeping into the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, data from operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. shows, although TEPCO insists the wall is working.

French watchdog points at Russia over radiation cloud

Paris - The radioactive cloud detected across Europe late last year may have been caused by an incident in Mayak nuclear facility, one of Russia's biggest, France's radioactivity surveillance institute said Tuesday.

More data emerges about radiation risks and smartphones

San Fransisco - Every so often a report is raised about the risks of smartphones, especially when placed against the head for long periods of time. Some data is contradictory, but a new report raises a risk that has apparently been withheld from the public since 2009.

NOAA — Sun spews out steady stream of solar flares for week

For over a week now, our sun has been spewing out a continuous stream of solar flares, causing NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a geomagnetic storm warning on Tuesday and Wednesday.

China starts radiation monitoring at North Korea border

Bejing - China started emergency monitoring for radiation along its border with North Korea in response to the country's largest nuclear test so far on Sunday.

Radioactive contamination found on Hanford worker's clothing

Seattle - Just when DOE officials were thinking contractors had everything under control, a worker at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state got radioactive contamination on his clothing, prompting another investigation.

'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

Toukyo - A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday.

New study looks at the health effects of Wi-Fi

Digital technology is increasingly becoming the main way we access media, and the desire for this to be portable has led to most public places having Wi-Fi. What effect does this expansion have on our health?

Op-Ed: How far up the ladder did the #Fukushima cover up really go?

Tokyo - About the only country today where a public apology is still accepted is in Japan, and quite honestly, this writer has always thought life would be so much more simpler if that's all it took to right a profound wrong.

Advanced thyroid cancer cases higher in California

San Fransisco - A new medical study indicates the U.S. state of California has disproportionately more thyroid cancer cases than other parts of the U.S.

January is National Radon Action month

This January the s National Radon Action Month. This is a campaign focused on the U.S. but it is also one with a global scope. The awareness campaign is designed to educate people and to promote improved safety measures.

Are X-rays safe for kids?

Unnecessary chest x-rays for children are the most recent diagnostic tests that are being questioned for necessity and safety, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic.

Animals around Fukushima are still suffering

Fukushima - Animals and insects in the vicinity of Fukushima show higher rates of death and disease, according to new research. Scientists attribute these to the consumption of contaminated food.

Fukushima radiation linked to Japanese monkeys’ blood count

Fukushima - A new report suggests that Japanese monkeys have suffered health issues likely attributable to the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

Highly radioactive substance found in Swiss dump: report

Evilard - A highly radioactive substance, emitting in some places radiation 100 times the permitted amount, has been discovered in Switzerland, local media reported Sunday, adding that authorities had covered it up for 18 months.

New drug can fight radiation

A protein that protects the cells that line the gut may be able to prevent gastrointestinal damage following radiation, which can often be fatal, according to a study.

Award-winning manga comic upcoming about Fukushima disasters

Japanese manga artist Kazuto Tatsuta worked on the Fukushima Daiichi I nuclear plant cleanup. He had to quit in December 2012, when his radiation exposure neared the annual limit. Kodansha Ltd. is publishing Tatsuta's initial book about his experiences.

Radiation damage has affected Chernobyl's ecosystem

A new study has shown that radiological damage to microbes near the site of the Chernobyl disaster has slowed the decomposition of fallen leaves and other plant matter in the area.

New highly radioactive leak at Fukushima

Fukushima - Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has admitted that another leak was discovered last Wednesday. The leak is estimated at 100 metric tons of highly radioactive material. It is the worst admitted leak since last August.

Radiation detected at New Mexico nuclear plant

Carlsbad - US investigators were taking samples at a New Mexico underground nuclear waste site where airborne radiation was detected, though authorities stressed they had found no contamination.Officials monitoring the possible radiation leak said there was no da...

Fallout from France's 1960 atomic bomb tests hit southern Europe

Way back on February 13, 1960, France tested its first atomic bomb, "Gerboise Bleue" (Blue Jerboa). Declassified documents released recently show that radiation from the test in the Algerian Sahara desert reached much further than they said at the time.

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster isn't over yet

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant sits in a 1,000-square-mile fenced-off no-mans land near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine. It's a graveyard of unmarked burial sites for machinery used in the cleanup and spent fuel from other nuclear power plants in Russia.

Japan prepares to end nuclear power generation

Japan stands on the threshold of being the first major economy to do without nuclear power. Today, Sunday, sees the start of a process of switching off Japan’s last working nuclear reactor.

Fukushima chief dies of cancer

Fukushima - The nuclear engineer in charge at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant during the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl has died of cancer at the age of 58.

New fronts in heart disease: Innovation in computed tomography Special

Innovations in computed tomography are driving forward progress in heart disease detection and treatment, and Murat Gungor, VP of computed tomography and radiation oncology at Siemens, shared his perspectives on these advances.

Record levels of radiation in greenling fish found near Fukushima

Fukushima - Two years after the nuclear disaster, TEPCO has found a greenling fish in the waters near the crippled Fukushima plant, with a record quantity of radioactive cesium - 7,400 times the country's limit for safe human consumption.

Mystery ring of radiation briefly encircled Earth

Last September most people did not know that a previously unseen ring of radiation encircled the planet for almost an entire month.

Workers forced to fake radiation readings by Fukushima contractor

Fukushima - According to a leaked tape of an internal meeting, a company charged with decontaminating the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, forced workers to lower their radiation readings.
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Pripyat - School. View from the class to school playground full of trees. They are growing from concrete and asphalt. Photo taken: June 12, 2010.
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The 'Able Test' of July 1, 1946, dropped a plutonium core 'Fat Man' weapon on the target fleet moored at Bikini.
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When the smoke cleared  this is what was left of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986.
When the smoke cleared, this is what was left of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986.
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Children in Fukushima  Japan have abnormally large thyroid growths.
Children in Fukushima, Japan have abnormally large thyroid growths.
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A Geiger counter.
A Geiger counter.
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Missy Elliott: "Respect M.E." CD cover.
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A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
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Animals in the Chernobyl exclusion zone have not been wiped out by the nuclear fallout contaminating...
Animals in the Chernobyl exclusion zone have not been wiped out by the nuclear fallout contaminating the land, but are actually thriving in the absence of humans, according to a new ecological study.
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Sign next to map in a Fukushima City park expresses apologies from city for declaring one-hour park-...
Sign next to map in a Fukushima City park expresses apologies from city for declaring one-hour park-usage time limit due to radiation level on soil and equipment.
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"(a) Whole body, (b) upper body, (c) capitulum, (d) 4th article, (e) spiracular plate, (f) claw and pulvilus of nymph are shown."
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Insects can spread radiation
Insects can spread radiation
Sign in park in Fukushima City expresses apologies from city for declaring one-hour park-usage time ...
Sign in park in Fukushima City expresses apologies from city for declaring one-hour park-usage time limit due to radiation level on soil and equipment.
Shin-Kenji
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
Greenpeace activists at an official Japanese radiation monitoring station in Fukushima city
Greenpeace activists at an official Japanese radiation monitoring station in Fukushima city
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A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
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High radiation readings were reported by RadNet in Northern Indiana on June 6-7  2012.
High radiation readings were reported by RadNet in Northern Indiana on June 6-7, 2012.
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A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan  where tens of thousand...
A rescue mission of unprecedented proportions is underway in northeast Japan, where tens of thousands people are feared dead following Japan's 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese Defense Ministry

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