We’ve (unknowingly) created a radiation shield around the Earth using radios

Can your Internet landline do this? No.

Morning glory seeds are hardy enough to survive in space, experiment reveals

Seeds — the tiny bunkers of life.

Six years after a disastrous meltdown, it is now officially safe to live in some parts of Fukushima

Exactly six years later after the tsunami hit Fukushima, at least some residents can now sleep without worries.

Israeli company designs anti-radiation body armor to protect astronauts in space

+3 armor +25 radiation resist.

New high-tech shelter reminds us that Chernobyl is still deadly, thirty years after the meltdown

The new one is much better than the last one though.

Mars-bound astronauts face risk of dementia from brain damaging cosmic rays

Talk about a space headache.

Ancient supernovae might have contributed to Earth mass extinction

Death from the heavens.

New class of star-stripped super-Earths discovered

Astrophysicists have discovered a new class of exoplanets whose atmospheres and volatile elements have been blown away by the star they’re orbiting. Their findings help cover a previously uncharted gap in planetary populations, and offers valuable insight for locating new worlds to colonize.

Who says incandescent bulbs have to waste energy: MIT design is more efficient than LEDs

Though incandescent light bulbs have been used to light homes for more than a hundreds years, and still do so in most of the world, these are ridiculously inefficient. This has prompted many governments to completely phase-them out, among which the E.U., Australia, Canada, Russian, as well as the United States. Their place has been taken over by fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), and the even more efficient LEDs. A team at MIT, however, has a bright idea that might revamp the unfavored bulbs. They’ve designed a new sort of incandescent bulb that uses a photonic crystal to recycle the waste energy. The resulting bulbs could be more power and light efficient than anything on the market right now.

What an underground nuclear explosion looks like

One this day, 53 years ago, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory detonated a thermonuclear device 194 meters below the Nevada desert. Why? Well, the government at the time thought blowing up a nuclear bomb underground sounded like a good idea if you want to excavate a mine. It’s a lot quicker than drilling with a lot machines. After all, mines are made using thousands of tonnes of dynamite. Why not take a shortcut and nuke the damn thing. The problem, of course is radiation. But how can you have people work in a mine if it’s contaminated with radiation, right? The logic escapes me as well.