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Archive for March, 2012

Bio of Czech hockey player imprisoned at Jachymov’s uranium mine

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

ZURICH – The new novel Jachymov of the Austrian writer Josef Haslinger tells the tragedy of the Czechoslovak national team that was wiped out in a conspiracy plot at the beginning of the communist era after World War II. The main figure in the book is one of the stars of the lost generation of ice hockey players, Bohumil Modry, who was one of the best goalkeepers of his time in Europe.

(read more about this book at the link above).

BERNARD L. COHEN Obituary

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

BERNARD L. COHEN Obituary: View BERNARD COHEN’s Obituary by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bernie leaves really big shoes to fill….

Estimate Your Annual Exposure to Radiation

Friday, March 16th, 2012

ANS / Public Information / Resources / Radiation Dose Chart.

We live in a radioactive world – humans always have. Radiation is part of our natural environment. We are exposed to radiation from materials in the earth itself, from naturally occurring radon in the air, from outer space, and from inside our own bodies (as a result of the food and water we consume). This radiation is measured in units called millirems (mrems).

The average dose per person from all sources is about 620 mrems per year. It is not, however, uncommon for any of us to receive less or more than that in a given year (largely due to medical procedures we may undergo). International Standards allow exposure to as much as 5,000 mrems a year for those who work with and around radioactive material.

(read more at the link and, just for fun, estimate your annual exposure to a combination of all sources of radiation).

March 11, One Year On: Radium Hot Springs Still in Demand – Japan Real Time – WSJ

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

March 11, One Year On: Radium Hot Springs Still in Demand – Japan Real Time – WSJ.

Baths known as “radium hot springs” have existed in Japan for hundreds of years, their owners proclaiming the virtues of lightly radioactive radon gas as a way to clear skin, restore youth, and even, incongruous as it may sound, cure cancer.

(read more at the link above).

The Breakthrough Institute: The Making of a Radiation Panic

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

The Breakthrough Institute: The Making of a Radiation Panic.

by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus

One year after Fukushima, independent scientists working for the UN say bluntly that irrational fears of radiation poisoning will cause far more harm than the radiation itself.Not a single individual from the Japanese public received a dangerous dose, according to the early and informal analyses by the scientists. (read more at link above).