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    Birds Affected by Radiation

    NewsBird NewsTuesday 08 February 2011
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    Researchers study the effect of radiation on the brains of birds in Chernobyl

    Birds living near the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, Ukraine, have smaller brains, according to researchers. Scientists have studied 550 birds from 48 different species living in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl. Their brains were significantly smaller than those of birds living in non-polluted areas. They also discovered that radiation has a more severe effect on a bird’s internal organs than on its brain because a bird’s brain is the last organ birds sacrifice in such conditions. Apparently, birds with brighter colours suffer more, because they use up more anti-oxidants attempting to combat the radiation.

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