Tag: Radiation

Russia Stops U.S. Diplomats en Route to a Nuclear Accident Site

MOSCOW — The Russian authorities removed three American diplomats from a train heading to an Arctic town near the site of a recent nuclear accident, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday. The removal occurred on Monday in the shipyard town of Severodvinsk, according to Interfax, a Russian news agency. The diplomats were about to take […]

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Overlooked No More: Elizabeth Rona, Pioneering Scientist Amid Dangers of War

Overlooked is a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. By Veronique Greenwood The phone call for Elizabeth Rona came to the Budapest university where she worked: Don’t go to the theater, the caller warned. Rona, who was celebrating her 29th birthday, had planned to meet […]

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Russia Identifies 4 Radioactive Isotopes From Nuclear Accident

MOSCOW — A Russian state weather agency named for the first time on Monday four specific radioactive particles released by an explosion at a military testing site earlier this month that left at least seven people dead and has remained shrouded in secrecy weeks after the incident. The Russian meteorological agency identified them as isotopes […]

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A Supernova Was Hiding in Antarctica’s Snow

Earth is continuously plowing through extraterrestrial dust. Tens of thousands of tons of the stuff, mostly from asteroids and comets, settles all over the planet every year. We are the shoulder to a universe of dandruff. But even the faintest detritus has a story to tell. Recently, scientists analyzed dust collected from Antarctic snow and […]

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Russia’s Mystery Missile

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher At least seven people were killed by a mysterious explosion in northern Russia, and U.S. officials believe it happened during the test of a prototype of a nuclear-propelled cruise missile. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia […]

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What Happened at Russia’s Missile Test Site?

Nearly as soon as an explosion ripped through the Nenoksa Missile Test Site in northern Russia on Thursday, briefly raising radiation levels in the region, the Kremlin went into crisis mode. That, to anyone familiar with the immediate aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, means clamping down on information, insisting that nothing really bad happened, that […]

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In Russia, Days of Fake News and Real Radiation After Deadly Explosion

MOSCOW — In online posts and calls to local officials, Russians on Monday expressed anger that the explosion of a small nuclear reactor at a military test site last week has gone unacknowledged for days by their government. “Even if it is not as dangerous as it seems, we deserve to know,” said Danil Kotsyubinsky, […]

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Russia Confirms Radioactive Materials Were Involved in Deadly Blast

A mystery explosion at a Russian weapons testing range involved radioactive materials, the authorities admitted on Saturday, as the blast’s admitted death toll rose and signs of a creeping radiation emergency, or at the least fear of one, grew harder to mask. In a statement released at 1 a.m. Saturday, Russia’s nuclear energy company, Rosatom, […]

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Vodka From Chernobyl Is Perfectly Safe, Say the Scientists Who Made It

LONDON — Would you drink something called “Atomik,” whose ingredients come from near Chernobyl? Scientists in Britain and Ukraine have distilled vodka using grains and water from a place that has become synonymous with nuclear disaster and contamination — and they say it is quite free from toxic radiation. They set out to show that […]

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The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t

In 2000, the Broward County Public Schools in Florida received an alarming report. Like many affluent school districts at the time, Broward was considering laptops and wireless networks for its classrooms and 250,000 students. Were there any health risks to worry about? The district asked Bill P. Curry, a consultant and physicist, to study the […]

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The Moon Is a Hazardous Place to Live

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] Despite NASA’s successful Apollo landings, humans have spent very little time on the moon. In total, 12 Apollo astronauts lived on the lunar surface for roughly 10 days, and traveled outside their […]

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Damaged Russian Submersible Has Nuclear Power Unit, but It’s Intact, Kremlin Says

MOSCOW — The Russian military submersible that suffered a deadly fire in the Arctic has a nuclear-powered engine, President Vladimir V. Putin revealed on Thursday, but his defense minister said the power unit was not seriously affected by the accident. The fire erupted on Monday aboard what Russian officials described as a deep-sea research vessel […]

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