Chernobyl vodka is real but you cant drink it yet

first_img 18 Photos Fukushima turns to robots to fix the future Sci-Tech Bottle o’ rads? James Smith The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl remains the worst nuclear accident in human history, leaving a 1,000 square mile region of the Ukraine uninhabitable since 1986. While some have continued to live there and tourists flock to the radioactive zone in droves (thanks to HBO’s fantastic series), the surrounding areas have been reclaimed by nature. Now, the BBC reports, a team of scientists have produced the first consumer product out of the exclusion zone since the nuclear disaster: An artisan vodka dubbed “Atomik”.The Chernobyl Spirit Company, has brewed up the vodka from “slightly contaminated” rye grain they planted within the exclusion zone. While many traditionally think of vodka as produced from potatoes, these days most vodka is made from grains such as wheat and rye. atomik-bottle-1The one, the only (literally!) bottle of Atomik. Distilled in Chernobyl.  James Smith James Smith, an environmental scientist from the University of Portsmouth, is part of the team at Chernobyl Spirit Company and has published numerous studies discussing the effects of radioactive pollutants, with a focus on accidental releases. He’s studied Chernobyl since 1990 and spent time working in Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia. “Our Atomik grain spirit came from an experiment we were doing to see how much radioactivity transferred into different crops in the Exclusion Zone 30 years after the accident,” he says, via email.The experimental plot where the grain was grown is situated about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the Chernobyl reactor. Part of the process also involved using water from Chernobyl’s aquifer, lying about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the site of the disaster. The aquifer has been shown to contain traces of radioactivity in the past.”We had the Atomik grain spirit idea as a way to firstly (hopefully) make people think more deeply about the recovery of the Chernobyl affected areas and a way (also hopefully!) to make money to help support the affected communities.”Smith has released a technical report of the creation process on ResearchGate. Part of the report discusses risks associated with the production of the vodka which he says it’s completely safe.”We had to do a risk assessment, but radioactive safety isn’t really a problem,” Smith says. “The beauty of distillation is that it takes nearly all the radioactivity out (except for natural C-14) so we hope people will be happy to drink Atomik.”However, there is one little problem. Anyone wanting to taste the nuclear nectar will have to wait because there is currently only a single bottle of the stuff in existence. Now, I know the internet will be clamoring for a taste, because humans have proven to be incredibly interested in seemingly forbidden liquids. I remember when some suggested we should drink the fluid from an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus that was discovered in 2018. I know you want to taste the not-so-radioactive drop, but you’ll have to wait.The team plan to manufacture more Atomik before the end of the year, with the aim of making a profit they can then give back to the local communities that surround the abandoned exclusion zone. To really ramp up production, the team will need to get the go-ahead from the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management and from Ukrainian authorities to produce alcohol, Smith says.”Unfortunately this will be slow — we hope to begin only very small scale experimental production this year,” he notes, explaining the Chernobyl Spirit Company is “not taking orders yet.”When they do, we’ll raise a glass.    Tags 2 Share your voice Originally posted 10:55 p.m. PTUpdated Aug. 8: Adds additional comments from Smith and links to Spirit Company Commentslast_img read more

Donations Pour In For Harvey Victims From Major Corporations Celebrities

first_imgThough the worst is over for Houston, Harvey is leaving a legacy to the tune of billions of dollars in damages. Corporations, celebrities, and local Houstonians are pitching in to help.Companies have pledged $65 million to relief efforts as of late Wednesday morning, according to an estimate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.According to CNNMoney’s analysis, 30 companies have donated $1 million or more by Wednesday morning, and the amount of donations continue to grow. Want to help with #Harvey? We’re taking donations in stores and online to aid in our Disaster Relief efforts. https://t.co/IPJqZn2pWD pic.twitter.com/ggNiQs95Du— H-E-B (@HEB) August 30, 2017The following list is from CNN Money with the names of corporate America companies who have donated (these numbers were accurate at publication time but are subject to change):AbbottAbbott (ABT) and its foundation the Abbott Fund are giving $1 million in grants and healthcare and nutrition products. That includes $900,000 in grants to the Red Cross, Americares and Direct Relief, and $100,000 in healthcare and nutrition products.AetnaThe Aetna Foundation (AET) announced a $100,000 contribution to both the American Red Cross and the Community Foundation of Greater Houston. It will also donate $50,000 to nonprofit Team Rubicon to assist current and future disaster relief efforts.AllerganThe Allergan Foundation (AGN) on Monday said it will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross to support victims of Harvey.AmazonAmazon (AMZN, Tech30) and Whole Foods will match cash donations made on Amazon.com up to $1 million to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief.American ExpressAmerican Express (AXP) is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross. It will match up to $100,000 in employee donations to the Red Cross.AmgenAmgen (AMGN), a biopharmaceutical company, is donating $80,000 to Direct Relief International and $20,000 to the American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program to help dialysis patients impacted by the storm.The company will also match employee donations.AppleThe tech giant made a $2 million donation to the Red Cross over the weekend, an Apple spokeswoman told CNNMoney. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) will also match employee donations 2 to 1. Users can donate to the Red Cross through iTunes or on the App Store.AT&TAT&T (T, Tech30) is contributing $350,000 to help communities following the storm, including $100,000 to the Greater Houston Community Fund, $100,000 to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund and $50,000 to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in South Texas.The AT&T Foundation will match employee donations up to $50,000 each to Team Rubicon and to the AT&T Employee Disaster Relief Fund, which supports employees who live in the areas affected by the storm. (AT&T is acquiring Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.)Bank of AmericaThe Bank of America Charitable Foundation is donating $1 million to support Harvey relief efforts, including a $250,000 donation to the Red Cross. The remainder of the funds will be allocated as the company learns more about recovery needs, a spokesperson told CNNMoney.Bank of America (BAC) will also match employee donations of $1 or more until September 30. Its usual gift match minimum is $25.BayerBayer told CNNMoney it is donating $100,000 each to the Red Cross and nonprofit Direct Relief.BB&TBank BB&T (BBT) is giving $100,000 to the Red Cross of Greater Houston in Texas.BBVA CompassBBVA Compass’ foundation will contribute $250,000 to the Red Cross and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.The bank also aims to raise up to $250,000, both online and at its branches, from employees and customers for those organizations.BoeingThe Boeing Charitable Trust (BA) committed $1 million to the Red Cross for Harvey relief efforts.BMO FinancialFinancial services provider BMO Financial contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross.BPBP and the BP Foundation have donated $750,000 to assist with relief efforts. The contribution will be split equally among the Red Cross, the Community Foundation of Greater Houston and the United Way of Greater Houston.The company will also match employee contributions.CaterpillarThe Caterpillar Foundation (CAT) donated $300,000 to the Red Cross to help with immediate relief efforts for Harvey.Cheniere EnergyCheniere Energy (LNG) on Monday said it will make a $1 million donation to the Red Cross to help with relief and recovery efforts following the storm.ChevronChevron (CVX) is making a $1 million donation to the Red Cross. The oil and gas company will also match donations made to relief efforts by its employees and retirees.CignaThe Cigna Foundation is contributing $100,000 to the Red Cross. Cigna (CI) employees can also request matching funds for their donations to the Red Cross.CitiThe Citi Foundation (C) has committed a $1 million donation to the Red Cross, the company told CNNMoney.CoachThe Coach Foundation has committed $200,000 to the Red Cross. Coach (COH) will also match employee contributions.Coca-ColaThe Coca-Cola Foundation pledged $1 million to the Red Cross on Tuesday. Coca-Cola (KO) will also match employee donations made to the company’s Employee Disaster Relief Fund up to $100,000.ComcastComcast NBCUniversal (CMCSA) is giving $500,000 toward the Houston Mayors’ Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the Red Cross. The organizations will share the donation.The company will also donate advertising time on its cable networks to these organizations to run public service announcements about how to aid with flood relief efforts.ComericaComerica (CMA), a Dallas-based bank, will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross.ConocoPhillipsConocoPhillips is making a $1 million donation to the Red Cross. Employees and retirees in the U.S. can request to have their personal contributions matched.CVSCVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation announced $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations, including $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Red Cross, and $25,000 to the Salvation Army.CVS (CVS) will also match employee contributions up to $25,000.DiscoverDiscover (DFS) will match donations up to $500,000 for every cardholder who donates to the Red Cross via their Cashback Bonus program or makes a donation with a Discover card. The company is also matching employee donations.DisneyDisney (DIS) and ABC’s Houston TV station KTRK-TV announced a $1 million contribution to the Red Cross. The company is matching employee donations.Dollar GeneralDollar General (DG) is donating $50,000 to the Red Cross. Customers can also make a contribution in stores through September 9.DowThe Dow Chemical Company Foundation is contributing $1 million to support Harvey relief, including $100,000 each to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and Team Rubicon.Dow (DOW) is also matching employee and retiree donations up to $100,000 to the Red Cross.Enterprise Rent-A-CarThe Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation is donating $1 million to the Red Cross.ExelonExelon (EXC) is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross. The utility company will also match employee contributions up to $5,000 per person.Exxon MobilExxon Mobil (XOM) on Friday said it’s donating $500,000 to Red Cross organizations along the U.S. Gulf Coast to aid with relief efforts. On Tuesday, the company contributed $500,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston.FacebookFacebook (FB, Tech30) will match up to $1 million in donations made on its platform for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.FedExFedEx (FDX)committed $1 million in cash and transportation support to deliver medical aid and supplies in the wake of the storm. It works with the Red Cross, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, the Salvation Army and Team Rubicon.FordThe Ford Motor Company Fund (F) is donating $100,000 to disaster relief efforts in Texas. It will also match up to $50,000 in contributions to the Red Cross.General ElectricThe GE Foundation (GE) has donated $500,000 to the Red Cross, a spokeswoman told CNNMoney. It will also match employee donations to participating disaster relief organizations.GoogleGoogle (GOOG) is making a $250,000 Google.org grant to the Red Cross and matching employee donations up to $250,000. Google.org also launched a matching campaign for consumers, up to $1 million.H-E-B GroceryH‑E‑B Grocery will donate $100,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, specifically to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Feeding Texas. Customers can also make a donation at its Texas stores.HCA HealthcareHCA Healthcare (HCA) donated $1 million to the American Red Cross.Home DepotHome Depot (HD) on Monday committed $1 million to help storm relief efforts. The donation will go to nonprofits, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing and Team Rubicon.HumanaThe Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of health insurance company Humana, (HUM) on Saturday gave a $250,000 immediate grant to the Red Cross.Intercontinental ExchangeIntercontinental Exchange (ICE) is making a $1 million contribution to the Red Cross and matching employee donations.JefferiesInvestment bank Jefferies will donate $1 million to several charities aiding in the relief effort. The firm will also donate all net trading commissions on Wednesday from U.S., European and Asia equity, fixed income and foreign exchange trading to relief efforts.JPMorganJPMorgan Chase (JPM) said it would donate $1 million to the Red Cross and other nonprofit groups providing immediate relief. The firm is also matching employee donations to these organizations.Chase will also automatically waive or refund fees, such as late fees for mortgages and credit cards, through September 10 for customers in areas severely impacted by the hurricane.Kansas City SouthernKansas City Southern (KSU) said its charitable fund will donate $50,000 to the Red Cross. The railroad company will also match employee gifts up to $25,000.KelloggKellogg Company Fund, the charitable arm of Kellogg (K), is committing $100,000 to nonprofit Feeding America to aid disaster relief efforts.Kindred HealthcareKindred Healthcare (KND) is making a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross to aid recovery efforts from Harvey in Texas and the Gulf Coast.Kohl’sKohl’s (KSS)announced a $500,000 donation to the Red Cross. The department store will also give an estimated $1 million to help Kohl’s associates who were significantly affected by the storm.KrogerThe Kroger Co. Foundation (KR) committed $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank. For every share of Kroger’s Facebook post, the foundation will donate $5 to the Food Bank, up to $100,000.LennarLennar (LEN) donated $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund. The homebuilding company will also match employee contributions.Lowe’sThe home improvement retailer on Saturday announced a $500,000 contribution to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help provide food, shelter and supplies to those impacted by Harvey and other crises.At Lowe’s (LOW) stores in Texas, customers can also make a donation to the Red Cross.MicrosoftMicrosoft (MSFT, Tech30) on Monday announced a $100,000 grant to the Red Cross.MillerCoorsMillerCoors is pledging at least $25,000 to the Red Cross. The company also sent 50,000 cans of drinking water to Texas, where they will be distributed by the Red Cross.MotivaMotiva, a Houston-based oil company, pledged $500,000 to organizations such as the Houston mayor’s Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund and the Red Cross.New York LifeNew York Life is donating $500,000 to support Harvey relief efforts, including $150,000 to the Red Cross and $100,000 apiece to Save the Children and Feeding Texas.The life insurance company will also match employee donations up to $150,000 to these organizations.NextEra EnergyNextEra Energy (NEE) is contributing $100,000 to the Red Cross and will match employee donations up to $100,000.PenFed Credit UnionPenFed, one of the country’s largest credit unions, will donate $50,000 to the Red Cross Corpus Christi and Houston chapters.PepsiCoPepsiCo (PEP) and the PepsiCo Foundation gave a $1 million grant to the Red Cross.PetSmartPetSmart Charities is giving $1 million to help animal welfare agencies that are working to rescue, relocate and care for pets that have become homeless due to the storm. These organizations include the Houston SPCA, the SPCA of Texas, Rescue Bank and Houston PetSet.The company is also providing in-kind donations, like pet food and supplies.PG&EPacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) (PCG) will match employee donations up to $50,000.Phillips 66Phillips 66 (PSX) will contribute $1 million to the Red Cross. The oil company will also match employee contributions up to $15,000 per person.PNCThe PNC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PNC (PNC) bank, will contribute $250,000 to the Red Cross and match employee donations up to $100,000.Range ResourcesOil and gas company Range Resources announced a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross for Harvey relief aid.Regions BankRegions Bank (RF) is donating $100,000 to support relief efforts. The funds will be split between the United Way of Greater Houston’s Flood Relief Fund and a program to help Regions associates directly impacted by the flooding.Ross StoresRoss Stores (ROST) made a $400,000 donation to the Red Cross. The discount retailer is also accepting customer contributions in stores until September 16.SamsungSeveral of Samsung’s U.S. subsidiaries are donating $500,000 to the Red Cross. The company is also giving $500,000 worth of products, such as washing machines, dryers, laptops and tablets, to nonprofits.Sealed AirSealed Air (SEE) is making a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross. The company will also match employee contributions up to $25,000.Sempra EnergyThe Sempra Energy Foundation (SRE) will contribute $75,000 each to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and nonprofit Americares. The foundation will also match up to $50,000 in employee donations.ShellShell (RDSA) announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund on Tuesday.Southern CompanyThe Southern Company Charitable Foundation (SO) will give $100,000 to the Red Cross. The company will also match employee and retiree donations.Stanley Black & DeckerStanley Black & Decker (SWK) announced a commitment of up to $125,000 for immediate disaster relief, including a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross and $25,000 to the Houston ToolBank. It will also match employee donations 2 to 1.StarbucksThe Starbucks Foundation donated $250,000 to the Red Cross. Customers can also make a contribution to Harvey relief efforts at any Starbucks (SBUX) store in the U.S.Stream EnergyStream, a Dallas-based home energy and wireless provider, donated $25,000 through its philanthropic arm Stream Cares to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.SunTrustThe SunTrust Foundation (STI) announced a $100,000 grant to the Red Cross.TargetTarget (TGT) is donating $500,000 to support Harvey recovery efforts, including to organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Team Rubicon.Taylor MorrisonHomebuilder Taylor Morrison (TMHC) has donated a combined $250,000 to the Red Cross Harvey Fund and to an internal Harvey relief fund. It will also match employee contributions.Tenet HealthcareTenet Healthcare Foundation (THC) contributed $20,000 to the Red Cross.Under ArmourUnder Armour (UA) donated $50,000 to assist Team Rubicon in response to Harvey.Union PacificUnion Pacific (UNP) has pledged $250,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, including $100,000 to the Red Cross and $50,000 to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.The railroad company will match contributions to its employee support network through September 30, up to $100,000. It will also match donations made to the Disaster Relief Matching Gifts Program for Hurricane Harvey, where employees can contribute funding to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other groups.UnitedHealthUnitedHealth (UNH) announced a donation of $1 million to support Texas communities impacted by the storm. The company said it’s working with officials and stakeholders in Texas to determine “how the funds can most effectively support relief efforts.”It is also offering a 2 to 1 match for employee donations toward disaster relief efforts.United AirlinesThe airline will give up to three million bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross or AmeriCares. United (UAL) will also match the first $200,000 raised in donations on its crowdfunding campaign.UPSThe UPS Foundation has pledged $1 million to Harvey relief efforts. This includes a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation donations and technical expertise.UPS (UPS) will donate an additional $500,000 in cash and assistance for the post-crisis recovery phase in the coming months.VerizonVerizon (VZ, Tech30) pledged $10 million to support Harvey relief efforts. The company said it would share which nonprofits its donating to in the coming days.WalgreensWalgreens (WBA) pledged $200,000 to the Red Cross. Customers can also make a donation in stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.WalmartWalmart (WMT) and the Walmart Foundation said they would give cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope.Waste ManagementWaste Management (WM) announced a $3 million donation to various organizations, including the Houston Mayor’s Fund and the Red Cross.Wells FargoWells Fargo (WFC) is donating $500,000 to both the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and to local nonprofits focused on relief efforts in Texas.Western UnionThe money transfer company’s foundation announced a $30,000 donation to the Red Cross on Sunday. The Western Union Foundation will also match “qualifying” contributions from its agents.Western Union (WU) will also provide free money transfers when users send funds to Texas from the U.S.Other major donations include:The NFL Foundation is matching the Houston Texans’ $1 million donation to the United Way Relief Fund to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.Fans are encouraged to text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief. Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, pledged to match $1 million in donations to The Red Cross.Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, initially said he would donate $4 million to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, though later upped his donation to $10 million.Comedian and actor Kevin Hart challenged several of his celebrity friends to each donate $25,000 through a Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge he started on Instagram. In response, Houston Texans’ defensive end, JJ Watt, has now raised $6.5 million through a campaign of his own. According to NPR, country music star Chris Young started a GoFundMe campaign for relief efforts. He began with a $100,000 donation of his own, and has now raised more than $43,000 from 595 additional donations.center_img Sharelast_img read more