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Why Scientists Plant Sunflowers After Nuclear Disasters

IFLScience
 2021-07-19

Cover picture for the articleIt was just after lunch on March 11, 2011, when disaster struck Japan’s east coast. A catastrophic magnitude 9.0 earthquake, followed quickly by a massive tsunami, hit Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and left tens of thousands dead in their wake. Then, as a devastating finale, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in...

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Chris Miller
07-19

Sunflowers were used near Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear accident there to extract radioactive cesium from contaminated ponds nearby. Japanese scientists are also carrying out tests to prove their usefulness in fighting radiation

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Froof Macgew
07-20

so birds and squirrels eat the seeds and then something else eats the birds and squirrels and then something else eats... how sure are they they're burning all of these plants after they absorb it

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Dennis Lock
07-19

Probably more politically appropriate than the hundred foot mushrooms and knee deep slime that would normally grow...lol

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