Archive | December, 2013

Discovery of the secrets that enable plants near Chernobyl to shrug off radiation

Scientists are reporting discovery of the biological secrets that enable plants growing near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to adapt and flourish in highly radioactive soil — legacy of the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Ukraine. Their study, which helps solve a long-standing mystery, appears in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. Martin Hajduch […]

Mother Nature Retakes Chernobyl

When we think of nuclear disasters, we conjure up images of deserts, ruins and a place void of life. The nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki clearly show massive destruction that affirm that image. However, that devastation was caused entirely by explosions and fire. None of it was caused by radiation. Radiation on its own […]