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Tourists take a photo in front of the contained reactor site.

How dangerous is it to visit Chernobyl? We asked a nuclear-waste expert involved in the cleanup.

HBO's "Chernobyl" series has reignited interest in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a restricted area that allows visitors.

What HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ gets right (and wrong) about the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident

The HBO series "Chernobyl" is mostly accurate, but the writer had to invent a character and change the chronology of a few events.
Sumpter on HBO's "Chernobyl" miniseries.

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster forced 350,000 people to be evacuated over fears of radiation poisoning. Here’s what you need to know about the d...

Radiation poisoning can lead to cancer or death if left untreated. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, infections, diarrhea, and low blood pressure.

There’s a rumor spreading that AirPods and other wireless headphones cause cancer, but the truth is more complicated

Scientists are worried about unknown risks of radiation from all kinds of electronic devices that surround us every day, not just wireless headphones.
Jeff Bezos is the founder of Blue Origin, a rocket company that's trying to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space.

Jeff Bezos hinted that Elon Musk should ‘go live on the top of Mount Everest for a year’ if he wants to populate Mars

During a private talk about his rocket company Blue Origin, billionaire Jeff Bezos indirectly discounted Elon Musk and SpaceX's plans to settle Mars.

NASA came up with 21 new constellations — including Albert Einstein, Godzilla, and the Starship Enterprise

The gamma-ray sky was invisible to humans until instruments like NASA's Fermi space telescope came along. That observatory has been mapping a previously unseen universe for a decade, so in honor of that milestone, scientists on the mission suggested 21 modern (and entertaining) constellations.

Microwave weapons may have caused the mysterious brain injuries suffered by US diplomats in Cuba and China — here’s how they might work

A focused beam of microwave radiation can make even deaf listeners sense pulsing sounds. It's possible that such a beam might also cause nerve or brain damage, like that found in the brains of US diplomats in Cuba and China.
An illustration of a nuclear explosion in a city.

If a nuclear weapon is about to explode, here’s what a safety expert says you can do to survive

When a missile scare sent Hawaiians scrambling in fear of a North Korean nuclear warhead, many people didn't know what to do or where to take shelter.

Flying in airplanes exposes people to more radiation than standing next to a nuclear reactor — here’s why

Pilots and flight attendants get pummelled by cosmic rays and solar storms while keeping you safe and serving you drinks.