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  • "I'd hate to see out of control"

    At Chernobyl, it was all under control

    A memorial rests in the shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear plant.Photo: Matti PaavonenThis piece was written by John Perlin. As a visiting scholar last year at the Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells, I met Valery N. Bliznyuk, a visiting professor …

  • for whom the word polls

    Wording change softens global warming skeptics

    This snowlady needs to rewrite her sign if she wants to be 6.3 percent more convincing.Photo: Amy GoodmanThis piece was written by Tom Jacobs. Are you convinced climate change is real? What about global warming? Yes, that second question is …

  • How to bury nuclear waste for the next 100,000 years

    A scene from Into Eternity, a documentary that looks at Finland’s plans to store the country’s nuclear waste for 100,000 years. Yep … 100,000. Photo: PosivaThis piece was written by Lewis Beale. The first documentary that Netflix might slot into …

  • Gmork'd!

    China: the neverending traffic jam story

    Transportation experts say there’s barely enough space on the roads in China’s largest cities for the 35 million cars that were bought during the past decade of frenzied consumerism. Photo: Remko TanisThis piece was written by Melinda Burns. The new …

  • How bullets kill wildlife decades after they’ve been fired

    Honker flew the coop and dodged a bullet.Photo: Alan VernonThis piece was written by Bruce Dorminey. At first glance, Crescent Lake, a shallow body abutting a cornfield in upper Snohomish County, Wash., would appear to be perfectly pristine. Mallard and …

  • Is it hot in here? Or is the climate changing?

    What?s one way to convert climate change skeptics? By turning up the thermostat and making them sweat.