TIME LAPSE MAP OF EVERY NUCLEAR EXPLOSION EVER ON EARTH
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).
Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing”the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.
This is absolutely amazing.
Butterflies in Fukushima show serious genetic and physiological damage from radiation.
A study published in Nature this week shows that more than a third of pale blue grass butterflies born in the generation after the nuclear disaster show abnormalities. Their genetic material is mutating.
Genetic material is the foundation of life and ecosystems. To be blunt, we simply should not use technology that can damage irrevocably that fundamental a component of our biological prosperity.
For more, the BBC has the best article on the study.