How to Survive a Real-Life “Fallout”

This week Reactions is checking out some Fallout science. Does chemistry allow you to survive a real fallout? It’s a big week for gamers now that the long-anticipated Fallout 4 video game is out. The series takes place in a world decades after nuclear war has destroyed most of civilization. Only those who hid in fallout shelters survived. While this idea works in a fictional game universe, could humans really survive for years or even decades in such a shelter? This week, Reactions looks at the basics of survival in a world riddled with radiation.

Special thanks to the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences for funding this episode.

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Sean Parsons

Alison Le
Noel Waghorn

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Raychelle Burks, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

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