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Chernobyl Forest Fires Spread Fallout

A newly released study finds that wildfires in the Chernobyl area could release large amounts of cesium in the form of smoke, reaching many areas in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Apparently the forests around the Chernobyl site, which have been left unmanaged for the past 30 years, contain high levels of radioactivity in the foliage and soil. The study also found that forest fires in the area are increasingly likely due to drier conditions and drought, which the Intergovernmental Panel...
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Radioactive food contamination found near Sellafield nuclear plant

Here’s an article from the UK that should give anyone pause. RADIATION has been found in food 80 miles across the border from a Cumbrian nuclear-plant a report has revealed. Nuclear waste released from the Cumbrian reprocessing site has made fish and shellfish caught off the Dumfriesshire coast slightly radioactive. And fish-fans in Dumfriesshire have the highest exposure to nuclear radiation of anyone north of the Border. What makes this article particularly disturbing is the part about radioactive food contamination. ...
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Fukushima Radiation Reaches West Coast

A study, by John N. Smith of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has determined that that Fukushima radiation reached the continental shelf of Canada by June of last year, and has increased somewhat since.  The good news is that the levels of radiation are very low, well below levels that public health authorities cite as grounds for concern. The radiation levels on the West Coast from Fukushima radiation may still increase and eventually reach the beaches.  However, they are not expected...
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Nuclear Disaster “Pharming” Kit May Yield Cures

A team of leading edge adventurers and free thinkers have assembled a Disaster “Pharming” Kit in the hope to arm amateur bio-prospectors with the tools they need to collect mutated mushrooms, algae, and plants which might contain the next miracle cure or future food. According to the brains behind this new movement it’s also a new way to look at the idea of bio-prospecting, which may not yet happen on nuclear disaster sites, but definitely happens in other environments as...
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Most Radioactive Place on Earth

Dr. Derek Muller, host of YouTube’s Veritasium science channel recently set out to determine what is the most radioactive place on earth.  He went to Hiroshima, among other places and discovered that the basement of the hospital near Chernobyl was the worst of the lot.  Apparently the workers and firefighters who were sent into the reactor core were sent to this hospital for treatment.  Their clothes which were covered in radioactive dust were discarded and stored in the basement which to...
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Nuclear Radiation Disasters

Here’s a video we put together showing the top 6 nuclear radiation disasters (accidents) from the past 50 years.  Some are pretty obvious like Chernobyl or Fukushima, but others I hadn’t heard about until I started the research.  It just goes to show that a catastrophe can happen anytime and anywhere there’s nuclear materials.  Be prepared!  Buy a Geiger counter and keep it handy in case the unthinkable suddenly becomes a reality.  

Fukushima Radiation Levels Increase

Beta radiation levels are off the charts at monitoring sites all across North America, according to new reports. But experts are blaming these radiation spikes on practically everything except for Fukushima. Data gathered from tracking units in California, Arizona, Illinois and elsewhere reveal radiation levels up to 50,000 percent higher than what was observed at the same time last year, and in some cases compared to levels seen this past summer. In California, county officials in San Mateo recorded radiation...
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Russia Destroys Floating Chernobyl

Russia is finally going to demolish its “floating Chernobyl”, a ship full of highly radioactive waste from the Soviet Arctic fleet. Even if it is dismantled safely, more dangerous radioactive junk lurks in the Kara Sea off north-west Russia, much of it unmapped and in the path of oil and gas exploration. The ex-Soviet ship Lepse contains 2.7 × 1016 becquerels of radioactivity  (that’s a helluva lot, btw!)  about the same amount of cesium released during the Chernobyl accident.  It’s...
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Excessive Radiation Dosage for Cancer Patients

A new study recently published by JAMA (Dec 10) seems to suggest  that many U.S. patients still get radiation therapy for much longer than they need.  The data, involving millions of patients, found that 2/3 of breast cancer patients who’ve had breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) experience six to seven weeks of radiation therapy versus and alternative higher dose therapy, hypofractionated whole breast radiation, which lasts only 3 weeks. Higher cumulative radiation dosage means higher risk. For more details read the entire...
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Music Created by Radioactivity

Moscow-based musician/engineer Dmitry Morozov has built an incredible instrument called the Metaphase Sound Machine. It produces music based on radioactive particles sensed by its built-in Geiger Counter.  Interesting concept but it took about 5 seconds of listening to the atonal gray noise of this contraption to realize that Mr. Morozov has entirely too much time on his hands. The so-called radioactivity inspired music emanating from the Geiger counter driven “instrument” makes Philip Glass sound like Mozart.   Read more about...
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