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Credit: CC0 Public Domain (Phys.org)—A large team of researchers with members from several institutions in the U.S., Korea, and the U.K. has found evidence of random radiation clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere at elevations used by aircraft. In their paper published in the journal Space Weather, the team describes how […]

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FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, workers wearing protective gears rest on the side of a road at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, Pool, File) SALEM, Ore. — Researchers say seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster […]

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A view of the half-cylinder-shaped enclosure in Chornobyl, Ukraine, on Nov. 29, 2016. (Efrem Lukatsky / AP) CHERNOBYL, Ukraine – A massive shelter has finally been installed over the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world. The half-cylinder-shaped shelter began […]

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Chernobyl used four Soviet-designed RBMK-1000 nuclear reactors, a design that’s now recognized as inherently flawed. This system uses enriched U-235 uranium fuel to heat water, creating steam that drives the reactors’ turbines and generates electricity. The nuclear core in the RBMK-1000 actually became more reactive as it produced steam, creating […]