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2009-09-23 07:58:39

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with private industry and other government agencies, have produced a new reference material for beryllium. Beryllium, an exotic rare-earth metal used as a hardener in high-performance alloys and ceramics, can cause berylliosis"”a chronic, incurable and sometimes fatal illness. The new reference material is expected to dramatically improve methods used to monitor workers' exposure and aid in...

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2009-09-23 06:20:00

In light of the fact that naturally occurring radioactive gas is responsible for up to 14 percent of lung cancer cases, The World Health Organization has made significant cuts in the safety limits of radon to one-tenth of its current level. "In view of the latest scientific data, WHO proposes a reference level of 100 becquerels per metric cube to minimize health hazards due to indoor radon exposure," said the UN health agency in a report published this week. "However, if this level cannot be...

2009-08-09 15:46:41

A University of Iowa official says the current limited supply of radioisotopes used in medical scans could put some patients' lives in danger. Dr. Michael Graham, a university official and president of SNM, formerly known as the Society of Nuclear Medicine, said some medical patients could be facing risky surgeries that could be avoided through medical scans utilizing the isotopes, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. It's possible that some deaths could occur, Graham said. The...

2009-07-21 08:25:00

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International Isotopes Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: INIS) is pleased to announce the results of its annual shareholder meeting and provide an update on the progress the Company is making in advancing its plans for the construction of a depleted uranium de-conversion and fluorine extraction facility using its patented Fluorine Extraction Process (FEP). The Company's annual meeting was conducted on July 14, 2009 in Idaho Falls, ID....

2009-04-21 09:03:00

NORWALK, Conn., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Defentect today announced its integration partner Median Communications has been awarded a contract to install a Defentect(TM) gamma radiation detection system at Offutt Air Force Base to secure base aircraft hangars and flight lines. The award was made April 15, 2009; implementation is scheduled for completion this quarter. This initial U.S. Air Force contract caps a thorough vetting and validation of Defentect technology via "Operation Golden...

2009-02-06 07:00:00

VANCOUVER, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. (TSX.V - CVV) ("CanAlaska" or the "Company") is pleased to announce results from summer prospecting on its Poplar project. Multiple zones of uranium mineralization were detailed in basement rocks, just north of the northern limit of the Athabasca sandstone. High gold and platinum values are associated with two of the showings. The Poplar project straddles 120 km of the northern edge of the Athabasca Basin in Northern...

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2008-11-02 10:10:00

Thanks to ESA and UK technology transfer support, a British company has developed a device based on the gamma-ray detection equipment used in ESA's Integral astronomy satellite to detect and identify the radioactive material mixed with conventional explosives in "Ëœdirty bombs'. ESA has supported the development of technology for gamma-ray astronomy for more than 40 years. Integral, ESA's International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory launched in 2002, is now detecting some of the...

2008-09-25 17:46:48

FAMILY and friends of a young Hunts Cross cancer patient have helped her raise funds for the Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton by volunteering to run the Liverpool Asics 10k. The 13-strong group will take part in the October 5 run, including Helen Minett, 19, who has secondary cancer in her liver. Helen said: "I am determined to take on this challenge to show that I am still fighting fit and that there is hope after diagnosis." For details of the charity run email colette.byrne@marie...

2008-09-21 21:00:26

By Abby Lu THERE was one thing that evaded our mothers' scrutiny when they lectured us on the health hazards of ordinary things such as mobile phones, microwave ovens and barbequed food ... but it was probably because they didn't know about it either. A New York Times article has revealed that expensive granite countertops, a common fixture in kitchens, could contain more than bargained for. An igneous rock (formed of magma), granite is the natural source of radiation, as it contains...

2008-09-07 03:00:00

By Muggli, Monique E Ebbert, Jon O; Robertson, Channing; Hurt, Richard D The major tobacco manufacturers discovered that polonium was part of tobacco and tobacco smoke more than 40 years ago and attempted, but failed, to remove this radioactive substance from their products. Internal tobacco industry documents reveal that the companies suppressed publication of their own internal research to avoid heightening the public's awareness of radioactivity in cigarettes. Tobacco companies continue...


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