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Photo: A building in the city of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine
A building in the city of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine
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Rory Carnegie

The Enchanted Post-Apocalyptic Forest

When the writer Henry Shukman first heard about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, he was intrigued by its reputation as Europe’s largest wildlife refuge. After all, for a quarter century now, only a few humans have been allowed to enter the 1600 square miles of land around the nuclear reactor there. Henry shared a meal with "resettlers," people who returned.

Einstein's Dreams
Chernobyl is both frozen in time and still evolving. It's an in-between space that prompts questions about time. How does time flow? Does it in fact flow? Or does it stand still? These are ideas that are examined by the writer Alan Lightman in his work Einstein’s Dreams.

A 10,000 Year Clock
If we begin to think about time differently, we need a different clock - one that tells time into the future. Alexander Rose has been trying to build a clock that will last for 10,000 years, a giant clock with different measures of time.

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