Staring into a nuclear reactor

In the wake of the Fukushima plant disaster in Japan, it’s not surprising that nuclear reactors have been having a bit of a tough time, PR-wise. We’ve been bombarded with scaremongered snippets about the 19-mile exclusion zone, Chernobyl parallels, food contamination and radiation suits.

Despite all of this, last week I donned the sort of overall one might wear for a school art class and peered down at the mesmerising underwater blue glow of a nuclear reactor (the glow is caused by the Cherenkov radiation, created when electrons emitted by the fission process move faster than the speed of light in water). The Geiger meter I was carrying to detect any radiation barely wavered. Read the full article on


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Author:Olivia Solon

Freelance writer and editor specialising in new technologies, culture, media and marketing, design and animal-themed t-shirts.


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