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November 18, 2014

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4:00 PM | This Real Physics Phenomenon Would Make The Perfect Fictional Bomb
Ever heard of Wigner energy? It caused the worst nuclear disaster in British history. That's because it works much better in fiction than in reality.Read more...

November 05, 2014

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2:00 PM | The Tortoise Time Warp
Recent advances in genetic data analysis continue to provide the ability to reveal some amazingly detailed (and previously unattainable) information about species’ evolutionary history. In this recent study from Molecular Ecology, Dr. Ryan Garrick and colleagues use a variety of … Continue reading →

November 01, 2014

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12:30 AM | A Drug that Turns Radioactive Elements into Harmless Chemicals
After the nuclear power plant accident at Fukushima, scientists around the world went into high gear, trying to figure out how we could respond next time. And for chemists at Berkeley Lab, that means trying to develop a pill that people could take to neutralize radioactive elements in the environment.Read more...

October 31, 2014

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3:30 PM | What Causes The Hessdalen Lights?
Is Halloween complete without some mysterious lights in the sky? Learn the theory behind the Hessdalen Lights, and why the reality might be scarier than visiting UFOs.Read more...

October 21, 2014

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7:40 PM | Drinking a Beer Can Save You From Radiation Poisoning
If you've been exposed to a certain type of radiation, you should waste no time getting decontaminated — by having a beer. This is a time-honored way of dealing with tritium contamination, from the early days of Los Alamos to today. Read more...
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