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The Chernobyl mushroom could protect astronauts from radiation during space missions

A species of fungus found at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was launched into a research project aimed at protecting astronauts from radiation during space missions. “Radiation is the greatest danger to humans in space exploration missions,” the scientists explain in a summary of a paper that was uploaded to the BioRxiv preprint server for biology. The mushroom …

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Extreme Chernobyl mushroom could protect astronauts from deadly radiation

The destroyed reactor No. 4 in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1987, about 14 months after the disaster. image:: Mark J. Porubcansky (AP) An experiment was carried out on board the International Space Station shows the potential of a robust mushroom to protect astronauts from cosmic rays. This mushroom has already proven itself in one of the most hostile …

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Could Chernobyl be the key to conquering Mars? Mushrooms in the Ukrainian nuclear power plant can eat radiation

People could live on the planet Mars if a fungus that was created in the Chernobyl nuclear reactor is used to protect against radiation, scientists say. An approximately 21 centimeter thick mushroom layer “could largely negate the annual dose equivalent of the radiation environment on the surface of Mars,” researchers found. “What makes the mushroom great is that you only …

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The Chernobyl wildfire underscores a dangerous tradition

Kiev, Ukraine – Wind-swept forest fires have raged dangerously near the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in the world, in recent days. But these fires were no accident – they were lit by villagers who cleared their land for planting and burned the grass away, as their ancestors had done. They illustrate the tension that …

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The radiation levels in Chernobyl rise dramatically as forest fires burn in the exclusion zone

Radiation levels in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone increased 17-fold against the normal background on Sunday, the head of the Ukrainian ecological watchdog said on Sunday, when forest fires blazed about 12 miles into the Chernobyl disaster area. “There is bad news,” wrote the head of the ecological inspection, Yegor Firsov, in a Facebook post from the closed Chernobyl region. “In …

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BBC – Future – The real tribute to the Chernobyl disaster

Spring was always the busiest season for the women who worked in the wool processing plant in Chernihiv, northern Ukraine. More than 21,000 tons of wool went through the factory during the annual sheep shearing season of farms across the country. April and May 1986 were no exception. Workers pulled 12-hour shifts as they manually sorted the stacks of raw …

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Study results show that the radiation exposure in the Marshall Islands is higher than in Fukushima, Chernobyl

The radiation levels on the Marshall Islands in the Central Pacific, where the US carried out more than 65 nuclear tests during the Cold War, are still alarmingly high – in some cases even higher than in Fukushima and Chernobyl, according to a new study. Columbia University researchers studied soil samples on four uninhabited islands and found that they contained …

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According to the Ukrainian president, the site of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl is to become the official tourist attraction

The site of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant should officially become a tourist attraction, Ukraine announced on Wednesday. President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree to designate the area – the site of the 1986 disaster – as a tourist destination After the publication of the popular HBO mini-series "Chernobyl", visitor numbers in the region increased. SEE: MODEL …

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