Losing My Shirt in Chernobyl

As seen in Roads & Kingdoms:

Before we left Kiev, the rules were carefully explained, clearly and in plain English.

During the two days we’d be inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone, it was absolutely imperative that everyone follow all safety protocols, and most importantly, we were to strictly comply with all instructions given us by our authorized state guide. We were also given a list of things that were, in no uncertain terms, “totally prohibited” to do within the zone, including consuming drugs or alcohol. In an interesting twist, smoking outdoors was also prohibited. Fully briefed, the ten of us piled into a white Mercedes van and settled in for the 90 minute drive. Continue reading

Here’s Who May (or may not) Have Been Behind Turkey’s Failed Coup

As seen in VICE News:

The attempted coup d’etat in Turkey last week resulted in more than 6,000 arrests, almost 300 deaths, and the destruction of the country’s parliament building. And while it failed to depose an increasingly authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the unsuccessful putsch succeeded spectacularly at generating untold numbers of theories — some more plausible than others — as to who was behind it. Continue reading

The Pentagon Wants Your Favorite Homemade Bomb Recipe to Stop a Brussels-Style Terrorist Attack

As seen in VICE News:

You don’t need to be a chemist to make triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, the homemade explosive used in the bombs which killed 35 people and injured hundreds more last week in Brussels, according to one expert. Another calls the process “worryingly easy.” The recipe can be found on the Internet, the ingredients — hydrogen peroxide and acetone — can be found at any drugstore, and can be mixed using regular kitchen equipment. Continue reading