This week's news includes an update on the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, a new understanding of antidepressant action, more money for genetically-enhanced rice and cassava, bizarre breast cell behavior, and a new benefit of broccoli.Fukushima situation is bad, but not like Chernobyl
Nuclear power plant in Cattenom, France
Image: Wikimedia Commons, Stefan Kuhn
The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency announced on Tuesday that it was raising the Fukushima crisis to a rating of 7, the highest level on the International Nuclear Events Scale (INES) and the same rating Chernobyl received 25 years ago. But the high INES rating doesn't necessarily mean the catastrophe is comparable to the Chernobyl disaster, which involved the widespread contamination of the surrounding landscape and atmosphere. The situation in Japan is not yet that severe, linkurl:Wired reports,; as most of the radioactive isotopes have remained in the core reactor --...
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