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Studies On Chernobyl's Lasting Health Effects

The Web has a voluminous amount of information about the Chernobyl disaster. You can find all kinds of data: analyses of the engineering mistakes, reports on the lingering health effects, maps of affected waterways, and essays on the disaster's contribution to the collapse of the Soviet Union. We've gathered the best sites below:

Chernobyl: The Accident and Progress Since 1986: Created by the Uranium Institute, an international association that promotes nuclear energy use, this site has a wealth of information. Here, you'll find an understandable summary of how a nuclear power plant works .

Chernobyl and Nuclear Safety Internet Resources: Put together by the Slavic Research Center at Hokkaido University in Japan, this well-designed site has links to a huge range of Chernobyl-related information.

Three years ago, the Nuclear Energy Agency compiled a report on the long term health effects of the disaster. At times, the language is a bit scientific, but the overall thrust is easy to get.

Chornobyl Center for Nuclear Safety, Radioactive Waste and Radioecology: This is the official site of the Ukrainian government organization charged with studying the disaster.

Information on Chornobyl and the Surrounding Area: Here you'll find more health data, as well as maps and background information on Ukraine.

This week's show profiled playwright Arthur Miller, whose Death Of A Salesman is back on Broadway. Information about Miller's career, and his most famous play, can also be found online:

The Kennedy Center, which honored Miller in 1994, has a short biography of the playwright on its Web site.

Death Of A Salesman: Fifty years after it first appeared, the play has returned to Broadway. Find out how to get tickets, read reviews of various performances over the years, and learn more about the cast, which includes Brian Dennehy as Willy Loman.

If you can't see a production, the best way to learn about the play is to read it. An English professor at Iowa State University has put a copy of the play's text onto the Web.

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written by David Kohn