Why plants at Chernobyl didn’t get cancer after the nuclear meltdown in 1986

Chernobyl may be synonymous with death and destruction but scientists now believe the meltdown at the failed power plant may in fact have been a boon to wildlife in the area. Far from a nuclear wasteland, the 1,000 square mile (2,600km²) exclusion zone established around Chernobyl has become a sanctuary for flora and fauna – precisely because people were forced to flee. Plantlife in particular has benefited from its unique ability to withstand the cancerous side-effects of the fallout, with trees, bushes and flowers largely unaffected by the disaster. Even…

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Stunning NASA image reveals the enormous Raikoke volcano erupting from space

Mother Nature’s incredible power has been caught on camera by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) who captured the huge Raikoke volcano erupting. The mountain is found in an uninhabitable peninsula of Russia and the enormous eruption was captured by the orbiting ISS who captured the destruction from above. Nobody was injured in the eruption which saw debris thrown into the air in a vast plume.   The eruption occurred on June 22 and was the first time the volcano had stirred in nearly 100 years.  Scroll down for video   Raikoke volcano…

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Iron Age sword discovered alongside a 2,000-year-old Celtic chariot in Wales

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient iron sword next to a Celtic chariot burial site, found in southern Britain.  It came as ongoing excavations take place at the undisclosed site following the discovery by metal detectorist Mike Smith, 46, in February 2018 on farmland in Pembrokeshire, west Wales. He found a part of a horse harness and it was later sealed off for a trial excavation,  which revealed the curvature of the chariot’s wheels. In the most recent find, archaeologists have also discovered a tyre iron once belonging to an Iron Age land…

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Dead Space creator making story-based PUBG spin-off

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – what’s the story here? Corp. has set-up a whole new development studio called Striking Distance, to create a ‘narrative experience’ in the PUBG universe. Full-sized The C64 retro computer out this Christmas with proper joystick Fortnite might have all the mindshare, particularly in the West, but as the game which popularised battle royale PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (aka PUBG) is far from yesterday’s news. As a report earlier today revealed the game sold 4.7 million copies last year and is huge on mobile, particularly in China. But rather than…

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Hackers steal years of data from 10 global cell networks in suspected Chinese espionage campaign

In a sophisticated breach of nearly a dozen global cell networks, researchers say hackers with connections to China were able to obtain sensitive call information on at least 20 targets.  The hackers — as detailed by security firm Cybereason and first reported by TechCrunch — were able to scoop up a wealth of information from their efforts including ‘billing data, call detail records, credentials, email servers, geo-location of users’ throughout the past seven years.  That gamut of data, despite not containing actual recordings of calls, would prove particularly useful in tracking…

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Instagram CEO says the app may screen comments before they’re posted

The CEO of Instagram has opened up about moves the company is making to curb bullying – such as hiding likes and screening offensive comments before they are posted.   In his first TV interview since taking the post nine months ago, Adam Mosseri told CBS’ Gayle King that the company is focused on well-being, and he is ‘100 percent’ willing to take measures that would affect the company’s bottom line to make the app a safer space.   That includes making likes private ‘so you don’t have to do all this social comparison’,…

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Dr Disrespect is back on Twitch now after two week ban

Dr Disrespect – he’s back! It’s been a predictably short punishment for Dr Disrespect, after he was banned from Twitch for filming from a toilet at E3. Games preview: Empire Of Sin is a gangster version of XCOM It’s probably best not to imagine what a top streamer would have to do to be banned from Twitch for any real length of time, but Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm has served his sentence and his channel is now officially un-banned. At time of writing he’s not currently live but he presumably…

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Super Mario Maker 2 review – the excitement is building

Super Mario Maker 2 (NS) – play or create Nintendo offer a new chance to create your own Super Mario levels but if you don’t want to do that they’ve got plenty of their own as well. Dying Light 2 preview and interview – a series of unexpected decisions When the original Super Mario Maker was first announced for the Wii U in 2014 we dismissed it as a cheap piece of filler, something cooked up quickly by Nintendo to pack out their console’s worryingly empty release schedules. But that’s…

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Picking the right dog is as difficult and confusing as dating

The ways of the heart are often a mystery, with many spurned lovers struggling to understand why they fell in love with a particular ex.   Scientists have now found the unpredictability as to who the heart wants is not restricted to human-human interactions, but also includes dogs. A study of how animals in a shelter were adopted found people often have their heart set on a certain type of dog before they arrive, and change their mind when confronted with a particular puppy.   They found some factors are more important…

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UK has halved air pollution deaths since 1970 but dirty air still ‘a public health emergency’

Britain’s dirty air is still a public health emergency despite the amount of deaths caused by air pollution halving since 1970, a long-term study has shown. Researchers warn that breathing in small particles of soot still poses a substantial burden to public health. Toxic air remains the number one environmental health hazard, researchers claim, with one in 20 deaths still attributed to particle pollution alone.  The public’s exposure to major air pollutants declined significantly between 1970 and 2010, resulting in a decrease in health impacts, the study found.  Scroll down…

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