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Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean - And It's Going to Get Worse

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Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean - And It's Going to Get Worse

What was the most dangerous nuclear disaster in world history? Most people would say the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine, but they’d be wrong. In 2011, an earthquake, believed to be an aftershock of the 2010 earthquake in Chile, created a tsunami that caused a meltdown at the TEPCO nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Three nuclear reactors melted down and what happened next was the largest release of radiation into the water in the history of the world. Over the next three months, radioactive chemicals, some in even greater quantities than Chernobyl, leaked into the Pacific Ocean. However, the...

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Mushrooms Might Save The World- If They Don’t Kill Us First

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Mushrooms Might Save The World- If They Don’t Kill Us First

Roy Halling is the New York Botanical Garden’s mushroom man. As curator of mycology—that’s the scientific study of the fungi family, which includes mushroom, mold, and mildew—he splits his time between the lab and the field. On a tour of the Bronx-based herbarium, which houses almost 8 million specimens, Halling told PopSci about the kingdom’s incredible capacity for rot. “Where there’s carbon, there’s a fungus ready to degrade it,” Halling says. The proof that fungi aren’t always fun guys is in everything from medicine to agriculture. Look no further than ringworm, that itchy-scratchy skin infection that can be brought on...

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Russian woman ’embalmed alive’ after hospital mix-up

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Russian woman ’embalmed alive’ after hospital mix-up

A Russian woman reportedly died after a routine procedure when hospital workers mistakenly injected her with a drug used to preserve dead bodies. Ekaterina Fedyaeva, 28, underwent surgery last month at a hospital in Ulyanovsk, in western Russia, to have ovarian cysts removed, according to state-owned television station RT. During the March 15 operation, however, medical personnel gave Fedyaeva what should have been saline, but turned out to be formalin, which contains formaldehyde, according to Russia’s Tass news agency. Formalin is highly toxic if ingested, and just one ounce can kill an adult. Hospital staff realized the mistake two minutes...

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Study shows that electric hand dryers do a great job of concentrating bacteria and spraying it all over your hands

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Study shows that electric hand dryers do a great job of concentrating bacteria and spraying it all over your hands

But paper towels are four times as bad for the environment. What's a treehugger to do? Life Cycle Analyses have shown that electric hand dryers are far better for the environment at large than paper towels, but a study sponsored by the paper towel industry showed that (guess what?) electric dryers were also much better at spreading bacteria and viruses. Now Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing points to a new study by researchers at the University of Connecticut that seems independent, and which finds that, as ars technica so delicately put it, hot-air dryers suck in nasty bathroom bacteria and shoot...

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What is in our water? Known unknowns, and unknown unknowns

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What is in our water? Known unknowns, and unknown unknowns

What is in your drinking water? It turns out there may be more than we know. In general, we are enjoying a golden era of clean water, with healthy refreshment available at the twist of a tap to over 70% of the population of the world (source: WHO). But we are threatening this most valuable of resources. In many high-profile cases, such as microplastics and rocket fuels, people are beating the drums of change and regulators are acting. But we can't control what we don't know. Target chemicals don't tell the story When it comes to monitoring water supplies for...

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