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Study: Fukushima disaster was preventable
Researchers distilled thousands of pages of government and industry reports and hundreds of news stories, focusing on the run-up to the disaster and found that a cascade of errors led to the accident. (2015-09-21)

The Lancet: From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Fukushima -- Series highlights long-term psychological impact of nuclear disasters
On the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a three-part Series published in The Lancet looks at the enduring radiological and psychological impact of nuclear disasters, including the most recent accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011. The Series provides vital information for the public health planning of future disasters to protect the millions of people who live in areas surrounding the 437 nuclear power plants that are in operation worldwide. (2015-07-30)

EARTH: Flames fan lasting fallout from Chernobyl
In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires. (2015-05-21)

EARTH: Amber-encased specimen could be oldest known grass
The evolutionary age of grass has been hotly contested. Scientists have previously dated the earliest grasses to 55 million years ago; after the dinosaurs went extinct. Now, a new 100-million-year-old specimen of amber from Myanmar potentially pushes back grass evolution to the Late Cretaceous. (2015-05-14)

New blood test quickly reveals severity of radiation injury
A novel blood test could greatly improve triage of victims of radiation accidents by rapidly predicting who will survive, who will die, and who should receive immediate medical countermeasures, according to scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. (2015-05-13)

Dwindling bird populations in Fukushima
This is the time of year when birds come out and really spread their wings, but since a disastrous day just before spring's arrival four years ago, Japan's Fukushima province has not been friendly to the feathered. And as several recent papers from University of South Carolina biologist Tim Mousseau and colleagues show, the avian situation there is just getting worse. (2015-04-15)

Radiation a risk factor for brain tumors in young people
In people under age 30, radiation is a risk factor for a type of brain tumor called a meningioma, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found. (2014-11-04)

Radiation exposure linked to aggressive thyroid cancers
For the first time, researchers have found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, according to a careful study of nearly 12,000 people in Belarus who were exposed when they were children or adolescents to fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. (2014-10-28)

'Nuclear disasters don't respect national boundaries'
A nuclear accident has no respect for lines drawn on a map. It becomes the world's problem. But for the most part, emphasis has been on prevention, not response. Until now. (2014-09-15)

Fukushima's legacy
Scientists began gathering biological information only a few months after the disastrous 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima power plant in Japan. Results of these studies are now beginning to reveal serious biological effects of the Fukushima radiation on non-human organisms ranging from plants to butterflies to birds. A series of articles summarizing these studies has been published in the Journal of Heredity describing impacts ranging from population declines to genetic damage. (2014-08-14)

Inhibiting protein family helps mice survive radiation exposure, Stanford study finds
Tinkering with a molecular pathway that governs how intestinal cells respond to stress can help mice survive a normally fatal dose of abdominal radiation, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Because the technique is still partially effective up to 24 hours after exposure, the study suggests a possible treatment for people unintentionally exposed to large amounts of radiation, such as first responders at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. (2014-05-14)

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis
New power plant design could provide enhanced safety, easier siting, and centralized construction. (2014-04-16)

Radiation damage at the root of Chernobyl's ecosystems
Radiological damage to microbes near the site of the Chernobyl disaster has slowed the decomposition of fallen leaves and other plant matter in the area, according to a new study. The resulting buildup of dry, loose detritus is a wildfire hazard that poses the threat of spreading radioactivity from the Chernobyl area. (2014-03-19)

Ionizing radiation exposure promotes fusion oncogene formation
In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, James Fagin and colleagues at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, examined tissues from Ukrainian PTC patients that were children at the time of the Chernobly catastrophe and identified their cancer-driving mutations. (2013-10-25)

Viewing Fukushima in the cold light of Chernobyl
Three research papers on Chernobyl bring a new focus on just how extensive the long-term effects of the Fukushim Daiichi nuclear disaster might be on Japanese wildlife. (2013-08-21)

Chernobyl follow-up study finds high survival rate among young thyroid cancer patients
More than a quarter of a century after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, many children and teenagers who developed thyroid cancer due to radiation are in complete or near remission, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. (2013-04-24)

Marking anniversary of Fukushima HPS publishes special paper on nuclear radiation
Marking the anniversary of the Mar. 2011 Japan tsunami and resulting damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility, the Health Physics Society has published Radiation and Risk: Expert Perspectives online, the first of a series of special publications on radiation and its effects on human and environmental health. (2013-03-11)

Chernobyl cleanup workers had significantly increased risk of leukemia
A 20-year study following 110,645 workers who helped clean up after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in the former Soviet territory of Ukraine shows that the workers share a significant increased risk of developing leukemia. The results may help scientists better define cancer risk associated with low doses of radiation from medical diagnostic radiation procedures such as computed tomography scans and other sources. (2012-11-08)

Ecosystems reveal radiation secrets
A new study by Tiina Tuovinen, from the University of Eastern Finland, and her colleagues casts doubt over the validity of models used to assess the impact of radiation on human health. Their work is published online in Springer's journal Hydrobiologia. (2012-07-31)

Stanford researchers calculate global health impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster
In the first detailed analysis of the global health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, researchers estimate the number of deaths and cases of cancer worldwide resulting from the release of radiation. (2012-07-17)

University of Tennessee professors take big step to develop nuclear fusion power
Imagine a world without man-made climate change, energy crunches or reliance on foreign oil. It may sound like a dream world, but University of Tennessee, Knoxville, engineers have made a giant step toward making this scenario a reality. (2012-06-08)

Probability of contamination from severe nuclear reactor accidents is higher than expected
Western Europe has the worldwide highest risk of radioactive contamination caused by major reactor accidents. (2012-05-22)

Germany's energy transition: 1 year later
After the Fukushima nuclear explosions, Germany responded to the heightened international focus on energy procurement by returning to a fast-paced nuclear phase-out program. On May 21, a lunch discussion at the German Center for Research and Innovation will address the mechanisms for achieving these goals and describe plans for assessing the program's success. (2012-05-17)

Dartmouth scientists track radioactive iodine from Japan nuclear reactor meltdown
Using a new investigative methodology, Dartmouth researchers have found and tracked radioactive iodine in New Hampshire from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. (2012-04-02)

A capsule for removing radioactive contamination from milk, fruit juices, other beverages
Amid concerns about possible terrorist attacks with nuclear materials, and fresh memories of environmental contamination from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, scientists today at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society described development of a capsule that can be dropped into water, milk, fruit juices and other foods to remove more than a dozen radioactive substances. (2012-03-27)

For disaster debris arriving from Japan, radiation least of the concerns
Later this year debris from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan should begin to wash up on US shores -- and one question many have asked is whether that will pose a radiation risk. The simple answer is, no. (2012-02-22)

Scientists assess radioactivity in the ocean from Japan nuclear power facility
With current news of additional radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, the impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the plants remains unclear. (2011-12-09)

Researchers assess radioactivity released to the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear facility
The impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear power plants remains unclear. But a new study by US and Japanese researchers analyzes the levels of radioactivity discharged from the facility in the first four months after the accident and draws some basic conclusions about the history of contaminant releases to the ocean. (2011-12-06)

Time to test assumptions about health effects that guide risk assessment, says toxicologist
Calabrese's commentary, (2011-11-21)

Journal focuses on Savannah River National Labratory, Chernobyl Laboratory collaboration
Collaborative work between the US Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory and the Chernobyl Center's International Radioecology Laboratory has led to a special issue of the Health Physics Journal entitled, (2011-09-27)

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists publishes Japanese translation of special Fukushima issue
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today published Japanese translations of articles from its new special issue on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster. (2011-09-20)

Fukushima: Reflections 6 months on
When the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on March 11, 2011, the world witnessed the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. In a special Fukushima issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published today by SAGE, experts examine the current and future impact of Fukushima, what might have been done to lessen the scale of the accident, and the steps we need to take both in Japan and worldwide to prevent another nuclear tragedy. (2011-09-19)

Rebalancing the nuclear debate through education
Better physics teaching with a particular emphasis on radioactivity and radiation science could improve public awareness through education of the environmental benefits and relative safety of nuclear power generation, according to leading Brazilian scientist Heldio Villar. He suggests that it might then be possible to have a less emotional debate about the future of the industry that will ultimately reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. (2011-09-09)

Research on US nuclear levels after Fukushima could aid in future nuclear detection
What do increased atmospheric radioactivity concentrations in Washington state tell us about what happened in the Fukushima nuclear disaster? For University of Texas at Austin associate professor Steve Biegalski, the story is in the numbers. (2011-09-09)

Melanin's 'trick' for maintaining radioprotection studied
Research at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River National Laboratory, in collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has provided insights into the electrochemical mechanism that gives the complex polymer known as melanin its long-term ability to protect some species from ionizing radiation, with a goal of using that knowledge to develop materials that mimic those natural properties. (2011-08-23)

Status of nuclear power 2010
Risoe DTU has made its eighth report in the series (2011-08-11)

International conference tackles effects of nuclear radiation on humans, plants and animals
McMaster University will host a major conference on the environmental effects of radiation as Japan continues to struggle in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. More than 250 delegates from around the world are expected to participate in the International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity, which will examine key issues such as nuclear safety, accidents, dealing with emergencies such as Chernobyl and the recent Fukushima disaster. (2011-06-16)

The energy debate: Coal vs. nuclear
A Rutgers and Vanderbilt study of consumers' attitudes toward coal and nuclear energy sources finds that factors other than global warming and the potential for nuclear power plant accidents figure into consumers' preferences. These factors include ecological degradation for coal and waste management, fuel transport and uranium mining for nuclear. (2011-06-13)

Chernobyl revisited: Virtual issue explores ecological effects of nuclear disasters
The decision of the German government to phase out nuclear power by 2022 has reopened an energy debate that has far wider implications than Germany or Japan, which is still coming to terms with events at the damaged Fukushima plant. (2011-06-07)

Nuclear radiation affects baby gender
Exposure to nuclear radiation leads to an increase in male births relative to female births, according to a new study by Hagen Scherb and Kristina Voigt from the Helmholtz Zentrum M√ľnchen. Radiation from atomic bomb testing, the Chernobyl accident, and from living near nuclear facilities, has had a long-term negative effect on the ratio of male to female human births. Their work is published in Springer's journal, Environmental Science and Pollution Research. (2011-05-26)

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