Atomik – “Chernobyl vodka” created by British and Ukrainian scientists

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The success of the Chernobyl series, released by HBO in May 2019, triggered a new wave of discussions about the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

And also a series of studies on the subject of the effects of radioactive radiation on humans and the environment. One of these studies, conducted by scientists from the University of Portsmouth (University of Portsmouth) together with Ukrainian colleagues, led to the emergence of an extremely unusual alcoholic drink.

According to New Atlas, a research team led by Professor Jim Smith created vodka “without radioactive substances” using ingredients from the Chernobyl accident exclusion zone.

The drink, dubbed Atomik, was a kind of by-product of a three-year study on the characteristics of the transfer of radioactive waste to crops.

Despite the fact that the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is inappropriate for agricultural activities, Smith and his colleagues are confident that some of its parts could be effectively used for limited cultivation.

“We think Atomik is the most important bottle of alcohol in the world, as it can help the economic recovery of abandoned areas. Indeed, no matter what, people continue to live in areas of compulsory resettlement,” comments Jim Smith.

To get a drink, by the way, grain was grown on suitable sites in the exclusion zone, and water from underground sources located at least 10 kilometers from the accident site.

Although the initial mixture contained enough strontium-90 to get the radiation dose , the distillation process fixed the problem. As a result, only carbon-14 remained in the composition of vodka – a natural radioactive isotope, which is found in many food products and alcoholic beverages.

So far, there is only one bottle of Atomik, but scientists hope that as soon as some legal issues are resolved, they will be able to start full-fledged production. If this happens, Smith explains, then 75% of the profits will be directed to help people living in unsafe areas.


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