In the HBO miniseries 'Chernobyl,' a Soviet physicist realizes that there's been a release of radioactive material nearby and immediately pops an iodine pill. Why?
The flawed reactor design that led to a catastrophic meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was used in several other places. Some are still operating.
Nuclear meltdowns at power plants in Chernobyl and Fukushima were the most devastating in recent history.
In 1986, the Soviets dumped sand and boron from helicopters onto the exposed Chernobyl uranium core. How would we handle it today?
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