Around 95% of wild mushroom samples collected in Germany in the last six years still showed radioactive contamination from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, albeit not above legal limits, the German food safety regulator said on Friday. Elevated concentrations of caesium-137 and caesium-134 isotopes bearing the characteristic signature of the Chernobyl blast were found especially in southern Germany, the federal office for consumer protection and food safety (BVL) said. However, none of the 74 samples tested exceeded the legal limit of 600 becquerels of radiation per kg.
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A team of scientists from the University of Bristol in the UK, together with Ukrainian researchers and engineers, have boldly ventured into the bowels of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to complete new radiation mapping research. To add a touch more post-apocalyptic flavor to the project, a Boston Dynamics dog robot joined them on their trip to test out its radiation “sniffing” skills. The central aim of this visit was to further explore the value of autonomous and semi-autonomous robots to detect radiation in high-radiation environments and assess the residual radiological hazards still present in the power plant’s ruins. One of the devices was the notorious robot dog “Spot” developed by Boston Dynamics, armed with radiation sensing equipment.
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