Living in the dead zone of Chernobyl: Holly Morris at TEDGlobal 2013

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Holly Morris tells the stories of women through documentary, television, print and the web. One story she certainly didn’t expect stemmed from a reporting trip to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. She just wanted to get out of the contaminated zone as quickly as possible … and then she noticed smoke rising from a farmhouse somewhere in the background. “How was this possible?” she wondered. Who could be living here? Chernobyl’s soil, water and air are among the most contaminated on earth. No human beings should live in the Dead Zone.

And yet some do. Despite the draconian rules and regulations that govern the area, a community of some 200 “self-settler” women (they are mostly all women) continue to live illegally in the otherwise deserted ghost villages around Chernobyl. As one of them explained to a soldier trying to evacuate her after the nuclear…

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What Is Tumblr?

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Greetings, old-timer. In light of the recent Yahoo-buys-Tumblr news, my overlords at TIME have asked me to put together a guide of sorts explaining what Tumblr is. A Tumblr for Dummies, if you will. (Note: there is an actual Tumblr for Dummies book already. I did not write it.)

If you’re a regular reader here at TIME Tech, you can skip this post entirely, as you already know what Tumblr is. For the rest of you, make sure your Depend elastic-leg undergarments are cinched really, really tightly, because what you’re about to read can only be fairly categorized as a technoerotic thriller. Let’s begin.

What is Tumblr?

Before there was social networking, there were blogs. And in an effort to muddle things, at one point in time the concept of blogging without trying too hard became known as microblogging. Tumblr is part microblogging, part social networking.

If…

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