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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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Chernobyl-resistant molds could block the radiation on the ISS

With this in mind, the research team decided to conduct a proof-of-concept study on the ISS to find out how the mold would behave if space radiation were blocked. You set up petri dishes C. sphaerospermum Mushrooms on one side and a control without mushrooms on the other. Underneath, two radiation detectors were connected to Raspberry Pi devices to record …

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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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Scientists have developed a way to better protect human skin from space radiation

The earth is a radiation cocoon. In this cocoon, the atmosphere and the magnetosphere largely protect us from the sun’s radiation. Some ultraviolet light penetrates and can harm us. But sensible precautions like simply minimizing exposure can keep solar radiation at bay. But the room is a completely different thing. Among the many dangers it poses to astronauts, ubiquitous radiation …

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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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NASA’s new mission helps to understand how solar radiation affects space

NASA announced a new mission dedicated to investigating massive space storms with tiny satellites as part of the SunRISE mission. The SunRISE mission stands for Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment, in which NASA will use six CubeSat nanosatellites to manufacture a large radio telescope. Each satellite is about the size of a toaster and will be solar powered, according to …

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The imagery shows radiation that radiates from a black hole 10,000 light-years away from Earth

Unmatched footage captures radiation that flares from a black hole 10,000 light-years from Earth. Astronomers in Southampton restored the footage from radiation data before The flashing is triggered by the gravity and magnetic field of the black hole. Radioactive debris whirl around the black hole as it draws in the surrounding matter. By Sam Blanchard For Mailonline Published: 08:34 EDT, …

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