Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community by Lacy Cooke VIEW SLIDESHOW If you ever happen to visit Chernobyl, you might run across one of the roughly 300 stray dogs that reside there. After the 1986 disaster, residents weren’t allowed to bring their pets away with them, and many dogs were left behind. Today, their descendants still roam the area, and while their life isn’t easy, The Guardian reports they are “a playful example of global kindness and cooperation.” Around 300 stray dogs reside in the 2,600 square kilometer – or around 1,004 square mile – exclusion zone at Chernobyl in Ukraine. The Chernobyl Prayer, an oral history of … Continue reading Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community
by Vladimir Migutin We always hear praises of the might of Mother Nature, how it renders useless mans’ creations, and bears life above the ruins. Well, it’s something that is always felt, but never on such a huge scale. This place IS the place for these contrasts. It’s pretty hard to describe the overall atmosphere I experienced during this trip. Despite the events of 1986, the ruins, and the rust, I didn’t have grim feelings while traveling there. On the contrary, it felt like I was in a “kind of” paradise on a different planet. Thirty years after the fallout, while … Continue reading I TOOK A TRIP TO CHERNOBYL’S EXCLUSION ZONE AND PHOTOGRAPHED IT IN INFRARED
Detonation of nuclear device ‘Annie’ during Operation Upshot-Knothole, 1953, Nevada. Courtesy Wikipedia Nuclear deterrence continues to dominate international relations. Yet there is no proof it ever worked, nor that it ever will by David P Barash is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington. His most recent book is Out of Eden: The Surprising Consequences of Polygamy (2016). With his wife, the psychiatrist Judith Eve Lipton, he is currently writing a book that critiques nuclear deterrence. Edited by Sam Haselby In his classic The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (1989), Lawrence Freedman, the dean of British military historians and strategists, concluded: ‘The Emperor … Continue reading The deterrence myth
This undated photo distributedby the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un celebrating what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate-range missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP) By Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer North Korea was considered too poor, authoritarian and vulnerable to succeed with its nuclear and missile programs. And yet Pyongyang has acquired advanced nuclear weapons capabilities — and, at the end of November, tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.Why has North Korea succeeded when other countries such as Iraq and Libya have failed?Three factors are central to North Korea’s success. This analysis draws on findings … Continue reading Why North Korea succeeded at getting nuclear weapons — when Iraq and Libya failed
Radioactivity is a useful but dangerous phenomenon. ANDY CROSS / GETTY by LAUREN FUGE is an Adelaide-based author and science communicator. Radioactivity is a source of immense energy with a long and dangerous history. We owe the discovery of radioactivity to bad weather. French physicist Henri Becquerel was trying to study fluorescence, a phenomenon where certain materials glow when exposed to sunlight, but overcast days thwarted his experiments and so he wrapped his fluorescing uranium salts in cloth and left them in a drawer, along with a photographic plate and a copper cross. This simple serendipitous accident, in 1896, revealed the … Continue reading What is radioactivity?
(Natalie Renier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times Virginie Sanial, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, samples groundwater beneath beaches in Japan. Virginie and her team found contaminated sands are releasing radionuclides into the ocean. (Matt Charette/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Radioactive cesium from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been flowing into the ocean since an earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown of its three reactors in 2011. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and Japan’s Kanazawa University have discovered a new way cesium is traveling from the power plant site into the ocean and to groundwater miles … Continue reading Scientists Discover New, Unexpected Way Fukushima Is Polluting the Ocean
by Business Insider Nuclear Explosion Imagine that a 150-kiloton nuclear bomb exploded in the city closest to you. Do you know how the city, surrounding region, and its inhabitants would be affected? If you can’t think of much more than “a lot of people would die,” you’re not alone. “We live in a world where nuclear weapons issues are on the front pages of our newspapers on a regular basis, yet most people still have a very bad sense of what an exploding nuclear weapon can actually do,” Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at Stevens Institute of Technology, wrote on his website NuclearSecrecy.org. … Continue reading This Simulation Shows What Would Happen if a Nuclear Bomb Dropped Near You