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10 interesting facts about chernobyl
June 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm
Waitaminnut! There's a Fungus that EATS radiation? The implications are staggering. Does it neutralize it? Does the fungus leave toxic residue? What's the rate of conversion? If you use a huge crop of the fungus to "Clean" an area does it die off once the radiation is gone (i.e. is it self-regulating)? Is the fungus inherently resistant to mutation, and if so is anyone looking into it as an avenue of cancer research? Nuclear reactor breakdowns are one thing, but this fungus is potentially a miracle.
June 3, 2013 at 10:01 am
Wow! Incredibly interesting.
June 3, 2013 at 10:10 am
This is a real wakeup call because it could happen here, or anywhere. There were certainly things I didn't know presented here!
June 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm
Nuclear is great because it is cheap ... upfront!
Politicians and power companies never took into account the cost of disposing of the radioactive wastes for thousands of years. Nor did they factor-in the cost of accidents (aka billions upon billions of $$). Brilliant!
Angelica Laursen Cagle:
June 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm
The accident that happened at Chernobyl can't happen in the US. Being the reactor designs of the two countries are different. Chernobyl used a + temperature coefficient of reactivity which in turn made the disaster worse. The US and many other countries use a - temperature coefficient so when an accident happens the reactor will begin to shut itself down. Also there was no containment facility in place for the Chernobyl reactors which is why a lot of radiation was released. One major reason for a disaster like this to happen was because of the Cold War and the US and Russia not wanting to share with what they have discovered in developing nuclear power. Niels Bohr understood that we needed to make sure that the development in nuclear power was available to all so that others could learn from it and we wouldn't have to worry about accidents that happened because of communication breakdowns.
June 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm
I get nervous about saying 'it can't happen here' about anything, but you present a very convincing case. Thank you!
November 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm
You are wrong, Angelica. Melt-downs and cataclysmic event can indeed happen here. If the power grid goes out from an EMP or similar event, we could have dozens upon dozens meltdowns within the first couple of weeks. Also the waste that we generate is nasty, lethal stuff and has to be handled by multiple generations for over a thousand years. Radioactive waste always wears through its containment vessels as well
June 3, 2013 at 8:41 am
Why does it say 10 interesting facts, when in fact, there are 20?
Tee Jay Dolan:
June 3, 2013 at 8:50 am
the miracle is that they could count at all after all that radiation... actually its just doubled up
Devon Nicholas Ruggiero:
June 3, 2013 at 9:22 am
One is the fact and the second of the same number gives you some details around the original fact
June 3, 2013 at 9:24 am
they are 10 facts and 10 explanation of thoose facts
Amy C Camacho:
June 3, 2013 at 11:18 am
What idiot made this BS? The Chernobyl disaster was 300 times worse than Hiroshima. Fact stated from experts back then and now.
June 3, 2013 at 11:37 am
WHERE, did they say it wasn't? Only closest reference to that is that they prevented the meltdown becoming an atomic bomb, which in fact would have been several times the power released from the hiroshima bomb. Nothing stated has anything to do with the overall calamity of hiroshima vs chernobyl.
June 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm
The example given talks about ONE incident where an explosion was avoided. What are you talking about? Господи! С дураком не спорят.
June 3, 2013 at 8:40 am
June 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm
This doesn't talk about the fact that, 20+ years later, nobody wants to pay for the $2billion concrete sarcophagus!
September 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm
they could only work for 40 seconds ? lol BS , what could they do in 40 seconds?
November 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm
Jim Thomson, it's actually true and it was during the initial cleaning and clearing process of a reactor platform. They would run in with a flat shovel, take a scoop of highly radioactive debris (mostly graphite cladding of the exploded uranium fuel) and proceed to run with it and dump it over the ledge onto the ground. There is footage of this in a Chernobyl documentary, which can be found on youtube.