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Tag: Radiation

From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the U.S.

Besides being criminal, the United States’ use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and its poisoning of Vietnam and Okinawa with Agent Orange are a shameful legacy. The denial and cover-up of each of these crimes add U.S. insult to injury.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

Mysterious ‘Sleeping Disease’ Perplexes Scientists and Doctors

Residents of a village in Kazakhstan are being relocated because of a mysterious illness that has been causing people’s brains to “switch off” and go into comas.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

AP/Bradley C Bower

The Nuclear Omnicide

We’ve always been worried about the safety of humans, but new evidence shows that nuclear disasters, from Three Mile Island to Fukushima, have put the whole global ecosystem at risk.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Sailors and Marines Allege Fukushima Radiation Sickness

Three years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and casualties are still mounting.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE

Fukushima’s 3rd Anniversary

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Eugene Hoshiko

The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon

Fifty-seven years before the USS Ronald Reagan was swept with radiation from the Fukushima meltdown, a similar, terrible fate befell the crew of a small Japanese fishing boat called the “Lucky Dragon.”

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

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Fukushima Workers Discover Deadly Spike in Radiation

Radiation at the bottom of a storage tank jumped to a level that can kill a person in four hours. So far, it hasn’t leaked, but Tokyo Electric Power says it doesn’t know how the spike occurred.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Fukushima’s Legacy Is Just Beginning

The highly radioactive water leaking from the wrecked Fukushima plant is part of a problem that Japan will take decades to resolve and that will blight many thousands of lives.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Bluefin Tuna Carry Radiation Across the Pacific

Small amounts of radioactive cesium were detected in samples of bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California last summer, just five months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal reports.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE

Japan Death Toll Estimate Rises Past 18,000

Other international emergencies have clearly occurred in the 10 days since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, but the crisis hasn’t ended in one country just because the news cameras have roamed elsewhere in the meantime.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE

‘Democracy Now!’: Japan’s Growing Nuclear Threat

On Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” broadcast, Japan’s burgeoning nuclear crisis was once again the most pressing issue of the day, as experts urged Japanese authorities to expand the evacuation areas around volatile reactors.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE

Explosion at Japanese Nuclear Plant

A large explosion has occurred at the Unit 3 reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. The explosion included a large orange flash, which indicates that it was likely the result of a hydrogen detonation. This explosion follows the partial destruction of the Unit 1 containment building in a previous hydrogen explosion.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Tim Suess

The Hot New Tourist Destination: Chernobyl

The Ukrainian government is planning to invite tourists inside the 30-mile exclusion zone to get up close and personal with nuclear disaster. The ministry of emergency situations says visitors should be safe—provided they don’t wander. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 14, 2010 READ MORE

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A One-Shot Treatment for Breast Cancer

British researchers have demonstrated that a single, targeted dose of radiation in treating breast cancer can be just as effective as the prolonged course of radiotherapy that is commonly used to treat the disease.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE

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Time to Get Off the Tanning Bed

Tanning salons everywhere might want to start broadening their business horizons, as cancer experts have just put tanning beds in the same category as arsenic and mustard gas when it comes to the whole probably-will-kill-you factor.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 READ MORE

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No Cancer Risk From Cell Phones

Researchers from the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology have found that cell phone use does not increase the risk of cancer.  The study looked at more than 420,000 cell users, some 56,000 of whom had used a mobile phone for more than 10 years. (h/t: Engadget Mobile)

Posted on Dec 16, 2006 READ MORE

Sulfur may be the solution.
Illustration by Peter Scheer

An Inconveniently Smelly Truth

A Nobel laureate has proposed shooting sulfur into the atmosphere as an emergency measure to curb global warming. The short-term fix would not solve the problem, but would buy some time by temporarily reflecting some of the sun’s energy away from the planet.

Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE

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