woolsey fire

California’s Woolsey Fire Burns Near Site of Nuclear Meltdown, Sparking Panic

The owner of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Boeing, says the wildfire may have started “on or near” the contaminated Los Angeles facility.
Sarah Emerson
ozone layer

China’s Construction Industry Is Putting Earth’s Ozone Layer Back At Risk

A rise in atmospheric levels of CFC-11, a substance banned by the Montreal Protocol, prompted environmental investigators to find the source.
Becky Ferreira
Outer Limits

Reclaimed Land

Inside Colorado's Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, a former Superfund site that embodies the painful past and uncertain future of nuclear cleanup in America.
Lauren Steele
teens in space

A Teen’s International Space Station Experiment Will Help Us Colonize Mars

15-year-old Alia Almansoori got to watch her experiment get launched into space Monday.
Kaleigh Rogers
Wild Rides

Watch a GoPro Take a Ride Through an Electron Beam Irradiator

Shielded in lead and mounted on a conveyer cart, a GoPro braves the Mercury Plastic NeoBeam.
Becky Ferreira

How an Ancient Supernova Turned the Sky on Earth Electric Blue

Here’s what would happen if a supernova struck Earth.
Paul Tadich
We Totally Meant to Do That

Humans Accidentally Made a Space Cocoon For Ourselves Out of Radio Waves

Praise be to the radio-induced space bubble.
Becky Ferreira
Power VR

Radiation-Resistant Mutants at Chernobyl Pave the Way for Life on Mars

Radiotrophic beer is involved.
Becky Ferreira
Power VR

Radioactive Cats and Nuclear Priests: How to Warn the Future About Toxic Waste

Nuclear waste can remain toxic for tens of thousands of years. How do you warn the future that they’re standing on nuclear waste when there’s no one around to translate?
Daniel Oberhaus
martian medicine

What Goes In Our First-Aid Kit For the Mission to Mars?

The Translational Research Institute is a new, independent research group look to push the boundaries of our health in space.
Kaleigh Rogers

These Geniuses Want to Build Trump’s Border Wall With Nuclear Waste

Not the best idea.
Daniel Oberhaus

Nobody Is Sure What Caused a Mysterious Radiation Spike Across Europe

Some speculate a Russian nuclear test in the Arctic, but experts say a pharmaceutical facility could be responsible.
Ben Sullivan