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My friend, Pei visited Seattle in April, 2013 and there was only one place I knew I wanted to take her for photos - the Satsop Nuclear Power Plant. Located an hour and a half from Seattle, this abandoned plant was never fully finished but one of its two massive, 480 foot tall cooling towers is still operational. The scale of this place is really hard to comprehend, even in person.

Satsop Nuclear Power Plant, Cooling Tower #1 - Elma, WA, 13.04.05, 1/2

WHERE MASS TOURISM OVERRIDES MEMORIALIZATION, CHERNOBYL IS FAR FROM A TIME CAPSULE

BY DARMON RICHTER

What happened at Chernobyl should be remembered, memorialized even, as a poignant reminder of one of the 20th century’s greatest human catastrophes. Remember it through cold statistics, or through the moving accounts of its survivors. Remember it by visiting for yourself, and by walking these streets which were once home to 50,000 unsuspecting citizens. Do not, however, fall into the trap of mistaking this place for a “time capsule.” Pripyat is not the Mary Celeste. It is a ghost town, in which the footprints of the dead have been trampled past recognition into the radioactive dust; their cries drowned out by thousands upon thousands upon thousands of shutter clicks.

Read more at Atlas Obscura

BRILLIANT BLUE

Polymer shavings from a scintillation sphere (half-sphere, shown at bottom right) emit blue light under an ultraviolet lamp. Kenneth Hanson of Florida State University and colleagues are modifying polymers such as polystyrene and polyvinyltoluene to increase the efficiency at which these materials convert gamma-rays to visible light. The ability to detect gamma rays has a number of applications, including the detection of nuclear weapons.

 Credit: Kenneth Hanson (Enter our photo contest here)