Report: Radiation damage at the root of Chernobyl’s ecosystems

Radiological damage to microbes near the site of the Chernobyl disaster has slowed the decomposition of fallen leaves and other plant matter in the area, according to a study just published in the journal Oecologia. The resulting buildup of dry, loose detritus is a wildfire hazard that poses the threat of spreading radioactivity from the Chernobyl area.

Broken iPhones cost billions in repairs

Damaged iPhones have cost Americans a whacking $5.9 billion for repairs, replacement and insurance deductibles since 2007, according to a study by warranty company SquareTrade.

Earphones 'as dangerous as noise from jet engines'

Earphones and headphones have for the first time been shown to damage the coating of nerve cells, leading to temporary deafness.

Radiation damages electronics more than thought

Radiation causes ten times as much structural damage to electronic materials at the atomic level as previously believed, say scientists using a new investigation technique.

Researchers map damage to Phineas Gage's brain

Neurologists have modeled the damage caused to a man's brain when a three-foot metal bar was driven through his head - over 160 years after the accident happened.

Damaged nerves regrown with new implant

British and German engineers have created computer-generated implants that allow damaged nerves to regrow.

Diesel additive can be toxic to liver

A common additive in diesel fuel can cause liver damage, say researchers at Marshall University.

Cellphones could damage human tissues in totally new way

A theoretical biologist at the government's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico says that cellphone radiation could be interacting with human tissue in a completely new way.

Climate change damaging ancient treasures

Climate change is destroying important archaeological remains that have been frozen for thousands of years, a study has shown.

iPhone 4 screens are fragile, says insurer

Either iPhone 4 users are a particularly clumsy lot, or the device really is more fragile than its predecessors.