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  • NASA Undeterred by the Threat of Space Radiation

    10/14/2017 9:54:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 10/14/2017 | Matt Williams
    Space Age, scientists have understood how beyond Earth’s magnetic field, space is permeated by radiation. This includes Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCRs), Solar Particle Events (SPEs) ... NASA is able to protect crews from SPEs by advising them to seek shelter in more heavily shielded areas of the station... GCRs are more of a challenge. These energetic particles, which are primarily composed of high-energy protons and atomic nuclei, can come from anywhere within our galaxy and are capable of penetrating even metal. To make matters worse, when these particles cut through material, they generate a cascade reaction of particles, sending neutrons,...
  • Nasa wants to alter the DNA of Mars astronauts protect them from radiation

    10/09/2017 5:05:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 9 October 2017 | Tim Collins
    One of the techniques currently under development that it is following is NMN, a compound expected to enter clinical trials after it was shown to rejuvenate elderly mice in laboratory tests. It is also considering making more advanced tweaks or alterations to the DNA of its astronauts, although the moral implications of such a radical step will need to be addressed. This includes epigenetic modifications, which alter the way genes are read by the body without making changes to the underlying DNA code. Using such a technique would allow Nasa's scientists to turn up the volume on one genetic instruction...
  • Generating terahertz radiation from water makes 'the impossible, possible'

    09/29/2017 9:29:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | 09-28-2017 | Provided by: University of Rochester
    Xi-Cheng Zhang has worked for nearly a decade to solve a scientific puzzle that many in the research community believed to be impossible: producing terahertz waves—a form of electromagnetic radiation in the far infrared frequency range—from liquid water. Now, as reported in a paper published in Applied Physics Letters, researchers at the University of Rochester have "made the impossible, possible," says Zhang, the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics. "Figuring out how to generate terahertz waves from liquid water is a fundamental breakthrough because water is such an important element in the human body and on Earth." Terahertz waves have...
  • [N. Korea] Chinese residents concerned over NK nuclear tests, fallout

    09/07/2017 7:20:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2017/9/7 | Zhao Yusha
    Chinese residents concerned over NK nuclear tests, fallout By Zhao Yusha Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/7 23:38:40 Chinese residents continued to express concern over nuclear fallout, even as Chinese environmental officials said North Korea's sixth nuclear test had no effect on China's environment or health. "My friends and I are very worried about North Korea's constant nuclear tests. We are near North Korea," a resident from Yanji, Yanbian, 10 kilometers from the border between China and North Korea, told the Global Times on Thursday. A resident surnamed Liu from East China's Shandong Province said that she refuses to eat rice from...
  • China detects rising radiation levels in areas close to North Korean nuclear blast site

    09/07/2017 5:30:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    SCMP ^ | 6 September, 2017 | Stephen Chen
    China detects rising radiation levels in areas close to North Korean nuclear blast site Monitoring stations record upward trend, but expert says it could be explained by natural causes PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 September, 2017, 9:52pm UPDATED : Thursday, 07 September, 2017, 10:58am Chinese scientists are considering whether a small but gradual increase in environmental radiation picked up by monitoring stations close to the border with North Korea is related to the nuclear test carried out over the weekend. The changes could be down to environmental factors and unrelated to the nuclear test, but the trend was “worthy of attention”,...
  • Radiation leak at North Korean nuclear test site 'inevitable', says Chinese expert

    09/06/2017 4:19:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 5 SEPTEMBER 2017 | Neil Connor
    Radiation leak at North Korean nuclear test site 'inevitable', says Chinese expert By Neil Connor, beijing 5 SEPTEMBER 2017 A radiation leak at the site of North Korea’s massive bomb test is “inevitable”, a Chinese nuclear weapons expert warned, after authorities in China reported that the mountain where the explosion took place had collapsed. China’s Earthquake Network Centre said a second 4.6 magnitude ‘earthquake tremor’ happened eight minutes after Sunday’s initial explosion, which measured 6.3 magnitude. Authorities in China said the tremor could be a result of a “cave in”, a potentially devastating collapse of the mountain at the Punggye-ri...
  • North Korea’s nuclear test site at risk of imploding, Chinese scientist says

    09/05/2017 9:09:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 09/06/2017 | Stephen Chen
    The single mountain under which North Korea most likely conducted its five most recent nuclear bomb tests, including the latest and most powerful on Sunday, could be at risk of collapsing, a Chinese scientist said. By measuring and analysing the shock waves caused by the blasts, and picked up by quake stations in China and neighbouring countries, researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui province, said they were confident that they were all carried out from under the same mountain at the Punggye-ri test site. The team from the seismic and deep earth physics...
  • Mount Doom: N. Korea nuke test site could cave in and spread radiation – Chinese experts

    09/05/2017 12:01:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    RT News ^ | 09/05/2017
    The mountain where North Korea likely conducted its five most recent nuclear bomb tests could be at risk of collapse, potentially releasing radiation into the atmosphere, according to Chinese experts who measured shock waves caused by the blasts. Scientists from the seismic and deep earth physics laboratory at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhu province, believe the most recent tests were carried out under a mountain at North Korea's Punggye-ri test site, according to a statement published on their website. The group's leader, geophysicist Wen Lianxing, believes the margin of error for their prediction to...
  • Chinese Official Says China Might Invade Taiwan If “Peaceful Reunification Takes Too Long”

    09/03/2017 7:48:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    SYNGLOBE ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
    Chinese Official Says China Might Invade Taiwan If “Peaceful Reunification Takes Too Long” In a recent interview Wang Zaixi (王在希), a former vice-chairman of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said that Beijing might resort to the use of force if “peaceful re-unification” between China and Taiwan “takes too long”. Wang’s statements echo the increasingly assertive stance of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) towards the island since Xi Jinping took office in 2012. In the interview Wang Zaixi stated that although the Taiwan question is a complex issue that must be resolved in the long term, there “must...
  • Obama Faulted the Bush Administration for Failing Nuclear Workers in 2008

    07/24/2017 7:38:01 AM PDT · by ptsal · 2 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 24,2017 | Susan Crabtree
    A whistleblower is making some of the same complaints against the Obama administration over its record of providing congressionally mandated payouts to nuclear workers as Barack Obama did about the George W. Bush administration's. Obama, when he was a senator in the middle of his White House bid, admonished the Bush Labor Department over complaints of bureaucratic bungling and intentional efforts to deny or drag out payouts to workers who lost their health building the nation's Cold War nuclear arsenal. [snip] Obama went on to say in the interview that he found it "deeply troubling" that the Bush administration would...
  • NNSA to Conduct Aerial Radiation Assessment Survey over Arlington, Virginia, Area

    07/19/2017 11:08:51 PM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 41 replies ^ | July 19, 2017 | DOE/NNSA
    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) will conduct a low-altitude helicopter flight over portions of the Arlington, Va., area July 22 to measure naturally occurring background radiation. Officials from NNSA announced that the radiation assessment will cover approximately three square miles. A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Joint Base Andrews, will be equipped with radiation sensing technology. The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the area at 150 feet (or higher) above the ground surface, at a speed of approximately 80 miles...
  • Fukushima’s tritiated water to be dumped into sea, Tepco chief says

    07/18/2017 12:17:05 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 24 replies ^ | JUL 14, 2017 | no byline
    Despite the objections of local fishermen, the tritium-tainted water stored at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be dumped into the sea, a top official at Tokyo Electric says. “The decision has already been made,” Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., said in a recent interview with the media. Tritium typically poses little risk to human health unless ingested in high amounts, and ocean discharges of diluted volumes of tritium-tainted water are a routine part of nuclear power plant operations. This is because it is a byproduct of nuclear operations but cannot be filtered out...
  • Another radiation exposure accident (Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan)

    06/19/2017 7:01:30 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 9 replies ^ | JUN 18, 2017 | no byline
    A radiation accident earlier this month at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s facility in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture, underlines the need for operators of facilities handling radioactive substances to make sure there are no flaws in their safety systems and procedures. Such caution is all the more important since Japan will have to manage large amounts of radioactive substances in decommissioning nuclear power reactors, including the agency’s fast-breeder reactor Monju, which the government decided last December to take out of service. The accident occurred when five workers were taking stock of 300 grams of uranium oxide and plutonium oxide put in...
  • NOAA declares deaths of humpback whales along East Coast an 'unusual mortality event'

    04/28/2017 8:27:47 AM PDT · by GeneralLee62 · 17 replies
    NOAA ^ | April 27, 2017 | Bob Lee
    Maybe if these idiot scientists weren't so incompetent, or maybe if they were honest, they would admit this is not unusual, but the result of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe that occurred in 2011. "I decided to share the photographs I took last year in Japan… these photos cannot adequately convey the scientific and human impact of the worst industrial cataclysm in the history of the world… [R]adioactive isotopes will be extreme hazards for 250,000 years, of course no one knows when it will end." - Arnie Gundersen.
  • Radioactive boars are roaming Czech mountains after eating mushrooms contaminated [tr]

    02/22/2017 1:10:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2017 | Hannah Al-Othman
    Wild boar is a popular locally delicacy in the Czech Republic but fans of the meat have an unusual problem on their hands this winter - the boars are radioactive. The boars became contaminated by one of their most popular food sources - false truffles. A cold and snowy winter is forcing them to feed on false truffles, an underground mushroom common in the Sumava mountain region between the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany - where wild boars roam free.
  • USAF deploys WC-135 sniffer aircraft to UK as spike of radioactive Iodine levels detected in Europe

    02/20/2017 11:11:19 AM PST · by nycinfotech · 26 replies
    Aviationist Blog ^ | 2/19/2017 | Dave Cenciotti
    Since January 2017, low levels of radioactive Iodine-131 contamination have been detected over various European countries. Highest levels have been detected in Poland. The radioactive particles were first detected in Finland. Source is anyone's guess, but the initial area of detection and area of highest concentration point to Russia. I disagree with the blog's conclusion that this is likely to be a nuclear test since I-131 has a short half-life of 8 days. More likely, there's an ongoing issue with a Russian nuclear reactor. (Doesn't have to be a power station - could be a sub or other naval reactor.)
  • Northern Hemisphere Potentially In Great Danger, Fukushima Radiation Spikes To ‘Unimaginable’ Levels

    02/08/2017 5:55:27 PM PST · by Tours · 123 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 2-5-2017 | Michael Snyder
    Radiation inside one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power facility has reached an “unimaginable” level according to experts. Because so much nuclear material from Fukushima escaped into the Pacific Ocean, there are many scientists that believe that it was the worst environmental disaster in human history, but most people in the general population seem to think that since the mainstream media really doesn’t talk about it anymore that everything must be under control. Unfortunately, that is not true at all. In fact, PBS reported just last year that “it is incorrect to say that Fukushima is under...
  • Radiation at Japan's Fukushima Reactor Is Now at 'Unimaginable' Levels

    02/08/2017 5:03:45 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 89 replies
    The radiation levels at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are now at "unimaginable" levels. Adam Housley, who reported from the area in 2011 following the catastrophic triple-meltdown, said this morning that new fuel leaks have been discovered. He said the radiation levels - as high as 530 sieverts per hour - are now the highest they've been since 2011 when a tsunami hit the coastal reactor. "To put this in very simple terms. Four sieverts can kill a handful of people," he explained. He said that critics, including the U.S. military in 2011, have long questioned whether Tokyo Electric...
  • Record radiation level detected inside damaged Fukushima reactor

    02/03/2017 3:01:42 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 72 replies
    Japantoday ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | NA
    A record radiation level has been detected inside the No. 2 reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, with the estimated reading of up to 530 sieverts per hour, the plant operator said Thursday. The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, highlighting the difficulties ahead as the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. grope their way toward dismantling all three reactors that melted down in the March 2011 nuclear disaster. The plant operator also announced that based on an image analysis, a 1-square-meter hole has been found on a metal grating beneath the...
  • Heads-up on Covered-up Pacific Ocean problems

    12/20/2016 7:59:28 PM PST · by Secret Agent Man · 46 replies
    The last 5 1/2 years massive amounts of fukushima radiation has been pouring into the Pacific. Because Obama was president this was an ignored and deliberately covered-up disaster. The evidence of hardly any life left by fisherman and boat personnel who have years of travel across the ocean, and seeing all kinds of fishes and sharks with internal and external tumors, commonplace, is so huge media cant cover it up anymore. This is a heads up as it will now all be blamed on Donald Trump. We know the template uniparty media is using and just do not be surprised...