Health effects from exposure to low dose radiation are always difficult to assess. It has long been assumed that there is no “smoking gun” to link a particular health issue to causation when dealing with the random effects of radiation exposure (especially when there are many other environmental and genetic factors to consider). Looking at a single type of health effect that can occur from radiation exposure, Thyroid Cancer (TC), researchers at Penn State University have postulated that Radiation-induced Thyroid … Continue Reading →
Dealing with deep space radiation is going to be one of the many challenges related to future space missions. This article, published in Nature, looks at health data from the Apollo Mission Astronauts. Not a lot of data to work with, but itʻs interesting. Itʻs also covered by Observer.… Continue Reading →
A deal has been struck to decommission the PG&E reactors at Diablo Canyon. The reactors have been controversial for many years due to the close proximity of seismic fault lines. There has also been increased concern about the coastal location along the “Ring of Fire” since the tsunami generated nuclear emergencies at Fukushima Daiichi.
The deal will replace the power generated … Continue Reading →
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has released a special issue on nuclear energy in the Middle East. Challenges cited include availability of water to cool reactors, politics, security, and the danger posed if materials are diverted to weapons programs.… Continue Reading →
Fortunately 2015 was a year with no major nuclear events. Let’s hope the same for 2016 and continue to watch these stories:
- Use of radiation in medical diagnosis and therapies continues to rise and some experts believe US Doctors are not following guidelines.
- Cold War rad workers still struggle for compensation.
- South African Bishops are calling for a referendum on new nuclear power plants.
- Bangladesh has signed a deal with Russia for new nuclear power plants.
- Despite claims and efforts