The Chernobyl nuclear disaster is widely regarded as the worst of its kind in history, with a speculated long and devastating legacy of mutations. However, an analysis of the genomes of the children of the Chernobyl clean-up crew and residents of the nearby town of Pripyat reveals that this legacy will not likely last as long as initially foreseen; while those directly exposed suffer from thyroid cancer, their descendants’ DNA don’t have an increase in genetic mutations.
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If you’re visiting a farm, keep an eye out for an ominous-looking bronze fog. Nitrogen tetroxide, a red-orange gas, is made by certain bacteria during fermentation when oxygen is lacking in the crop. The lack of oxygen causes the bacteria to use the nitrate within the crops, which then produces nitrogen tetroxide. Inhalation of the gas is known to cause permanent lung damage or kill people and livestock. To prevent this, farmers have started performing nitrate tests after four weeks of fermentation. Read full article here