Have a safe flight.
Have a safe flight.
An alarming new study shows that large numbers of butterflies are exhibiting abnormalities in the wake of the nuclear disaster in Japan. Nearly 30% of pale grass blue butterflies are exhibiting deformities such as this fellow, and more than half of their offspring are similarly mutated.
There was a time when radiation was considered safe, even good for your health. Luckily, we know better now.
Nearly a year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that crippled Japan’s nuclear reactors, abandoned dogs and cats still roam the ghost towns within the evacuation zones. Volunteers from the United Kennel Club Of Japan, braving radiation poisoning, are doing their best to try and save these animals.
The bunny, born without ears, might be evidence of radioactive contamination in Japan. Some fear the mutant bunny is a result of the nuclear disaster following the massive March earthquake and tsunami. Unless, of course, it’s just a random birth defect. Every credible scientist in the world is leaning strongly toward the latter. Watch Video ›
It’s no Godzilla…yet.
Information Is Beautiful brings us a chart showing the levels of radiation present in things like getting x-rays, flying in an airplane, smoking cigarettes, or being exposed to the Chernobyl reactor after meltdown and how the various doses of radiation would affect you. View Image ›
The first images of the remaining employees at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, dubbed “The Fukushima 50,” as they expose themselves to dangerous levels of radiation in a desperate attempt to prevent a full nuclear meltdown. These photos were released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., showing the employees as they scramble to return power to the failing nuclear reactors. The whole world is rooting for them. View List ›
From an MIT exhibit called Ground Zero 1945: Pictures By Atomic Bomb Survivors, stunning and tragic pieces of art from those who witnessed the horrors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. These have eerie parallels with some of the scenes of destruction we see in Japan today. WARNING: Many of these portraits are disturbing. View List ›
Turns out flying in an airplane exposes you to radiation.
A healthy dose of reality amidst the paranoia. xkcd’s Randall Munroe put this chart together with a senior reactor operator at the Reed Research Reactor in order to “put different amounts of radiation into perspective”. Click to enlarge. View Image ›
Ann Coulter and Bill O’Reilly discuss her column, A Glowing Report on Radiation, alternate title “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”. Unfortunately, her column is not a satirical piece. Also, I never thought I’d agree with Bill O’Reilly. Watch Video ›
A collection of artwork attempting to raise money for relief efforts in Japan. Despite all of the taco shop brawls and farting Charlie Sheens, sometimes the internet can do good. Links to the individual artist or fundraising page are provided if you feel like chipping in. *This post has been edited to remove a trans slur.* View List ›
The residents of Bamiyan, Afghanistan held a vigil in support of Japan. The children, in particular, were eager to offer help. Kids say the darnedest things that melt your heart and reaffirm your faith in humanity. View List ›
A Japanese girl, isolated due to radiation, greets her dog through a window. :( View Image ›
The nuclear emergency in Japan continues to escalate. Dangerous levels of radiation are leaking from the earthquake-damaged reactors at Fukushima Dai-ichi and incidents are feared at other power plants. Those working to contain the meltdowns or living nearby are at the greatest risk. Here is what radiation sickness looks like. View List ›