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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340486/review-of-current-nuclear-fallout-codes
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Jerrad P Auxier, John D Auxier, Howard L Hall
The importance of developing a robust nuclear forensics program to combat the illicit use of nuclear material that may be used as an improvised nuclear device is widely accepted. In order to decrease the threat to public safety and improve governmental response, government agencies have developed fallout-analysis codes to predict the fallout particle size, dose, and dispersion and dispersion following a detonation. This paper will review the different codes that have been developed for predicting fallout from both chemical and nuclear weapons...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340392/-237-np-analytical-method-using-239-np-tracers-and-application-to-a-contaminated-nuclear-disposal-facility
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Mathew S Snow, Samuel S Morrison, Sue B Clark, John E Olson, Matthew G Watrous
Environmental (237)Np analyses are challenged by low (237)Np concentrations and lack of an available yield tracer; we report a rapid, inexpensive (237)Np analytical approach employing the short lived (239)Np (t1/2 = 2.3 days) as a chemical yield tracer followed by (237)Np quantification using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. (239)Np tracer is obtained via separation from a (243)Am stock solution and standardized using gamma spectrometry immediately prior to sample processing. Rapid digestions using a commercial, 900 W "Walmart" microwave and Parr microwave vessels result in 99...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324843/variations-in-pu-isotopic-composition-in-soils-from-the-spitsbergen-norway-three-potential-pollution-sources-of-the-arctic-region
#3
E Łokas, R Anczkiewicz, R Kierepko, J W Mietelski
Although the polar regions have not been industrialised, numerous contaminants originating from human activity are detectable in the Arctic environment. This study reports evidence of (240)Pu/(239)Pu atomic ratios in the tundra and initial soils from different parts of west and central Spitsbergen and recognizes possible environmental inputs of non-global fallout Pu. The average atomic ratio of (240)Pu/(239)Pu equal to 0.179 (ranging between 0.129 and 0.201) in tundra soils are comparable to the characteristic ratio for global fallout (0...
March 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292671/heavy-metal-bioaccumulation-in-two-passerines-with-differing-migration-strategies
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Zoë Cooper, Robert Bringolf, Robert Cooper, Kathy Loftis, Albert L Bryan, James A Martin
Various anthropogenic activities have resulted in concentration of heavy metals and contamination of surrounding environments. Historically, heavy metal contamination at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina has resulted from accidental releases of stored waste generated from nuclear weapon production in the early 1950s. Songbirds inhabiting and using resources from these areas have the potential to bioaccumulate metals but there is limited information on metal concentration levels in areas suspected of contamination as well as uncontaminated sites...
March 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290930/medical-effects-of-a-transuranic-dirty-bomb
#5
Asaf Durakovic
The modern military battlefields are characterized by the use of nonconventional weapons such as encountered in the conflicts of the Gulf War I and Gulf War II. Recent warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans has introduced radioactive weapons to the modern war zone scenarios. This presents the military medicine with a new area of radioactive warfare with the potential large scale contamination of military and civilian targets with the variety of radioactive isotopes further enhanced by the clandestine use of radioactive materials in the terrorist radioactive warfare...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258385/radioactivity-in-mushrooms-from-selected-locations-in-the-bohemian-forest-czech-republic
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Michaela Čadová, Renata Havránková, Jiří Havránek, Friedo Zölzer
(137)Cs is one of the most important radionuclides released in the course of atmospheric nuclear weapon tests and during accidents in nuclear power plants such as that in Chernobyl, Ukraine, or Fukushima, Japan. The aim of this study was to compare (137)Cs and (40)K concentrations in particular species of mushrooms from selected locations in the Bohemian Forest (Czech: Šumava), Czech Republic, where a considerable contamination from the Chernobyl accident had been measured in 1986. Samples were collected between June and October 2014...
March 3, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241421/age-related-loss-in-bone-mineral-density-of-rats-fed-lifelong-on-a-fish-oil-based-diet-is-avoided-by-coenzyme-q10-addition
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Alfonso Varela-López, Julio J Ochoa, José M Llamas-Elvira, Magdalena López-Frías, Elena Planells, MCarmen Ramirez-Tortosa, Cesar L Ramirez-Tortosa, Francesca Giampieri, Maurizio Battino, José L Quiles
During aging, bone mass declines increasing osteoporosis and fracture risks. Oxidative stress has been related to this bone loss, making dietary compounds with antioxidant properties a promising weapon. Male Wistar rats were maintained for 6 or 24 months on diets with fish oil as unique fat source, supplemented or not with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), to evaluate the potential of adding this molecule to the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFA)-based diet for bone mineral density (BMD) preservation. BMD was evaluated in the femur...
February 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221786/chemical-trends-in-solid-alkali-pertechnetates
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Jamie Weaver, Chuck Z Soderquist, Nancy M Washton, Andrew S Lipton, Paul L Gassman, Wayne W Lukens, Albert A Kruger, Nathalie A Wall, John S McCloy
Insight into the solid-state chemistry of pure technetium-99 ((99)Tc) oxides is required in the development of a robust immobilization and disposal system for nuclear waste stemming from the radiopharmaceutical industry, from the production of nuclear weapons, and from spent nuclear fuel. However, because of its radiotoxicity and the subsequent requirement of special facilities and handling procedures for research, only a few studies have been completed, many of which are over 20 years old. In this study, we report the synthesis of pure alkali pertechnetates (sodium, potassium, rubidium, and cesium) and analysis of these compounds by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS), solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (static and magic angle spinning), and neutron diffraction...
February 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219041/coupling-the-advection-dispersion-equation-with-fully-kinetic-reversible-irreversible-sorption-terms-to-model-radiocesium-soil-profiles-in-fukushima-prefecture
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Hiroshi Kurikami, Alex Malins, Minoru Takeishi, Kimiaki Saito, Kazuki Iijima
Radiocesium is an important environmental contaminant in fallout from nuclear reactor accidents and atomic weapons testing. A modified Diffusion-Sorption-Fixation (mDSF) model, based on the advection-dispersion equation, is proposed to describe the vertical migration of radiocesium in soils following fallout. The model introduces kinetics for the reversible binding of radiocesium. We test the model by comparing its results to depth profiles measured in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, since 2011. The results from the mDSF model are a better fit to the measurement data (as quantified by R(2)) than results from a simple diffusion model and the original DSF model...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135126/red-bone-marrow-and-male-breast-doses-for-a-cohort-of-atomic-veterans
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Harold L Beck, John E Till, Helen A Grogan, Jill W Aanenson, H Justin Mohler, S Shawn Mohler, Paul G Voillequé
Both red bone marrow and male breast doses with associated uncertainty have been reconstructed for a 1,982-person subset of a cohort of 114, 270 military personnel (referred to as "atomic veterans") who participated in U.S. atmospheric nuclear weapons testing from 1945 to 1962. The methods used to calculate these doses and corresponding uncertainty have been reported in detail by Till et al. in an earlier publication. In this current article we report the final results of those calculations. These doses are being used in a case-cohort design epidemiological investigation of leukemia and male breast cancer...
January 30, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110524/plutonium-isotopes-239-241-pu-dissolved-in-pacific-ocean-waters-detected-by-accelerator-mass-spectrometry-no-effects-of-the-fukushima-accident-observed
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Karin Hain, Thomas Faestermann, Leticia Fimiani, Robin Golser, José Manuel Gómez-Guzmán, Gunther Korschinek, Florian Kortmann, Christoph Lierse von Gostomski, Peter Ludwig, Peter Steier, Hirofumi Tazoe, Masatoshi Yamada
The concentration of plutonium (Pu) and the isotopic ratios of (240)Pu to (239)Pu and (241)Pu to (239)Pu were determined by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) in Pacific Ocean water samples (20 L each) collected in late 2012. The isotopic Pu ratios are important indicators of different contamination sources and were used to identify a possible release of Pu into the ocean by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident. In particular, (241)Pu is a well-suited indicator for a recent entry of Pu because (241)Pu from fallout of nuclear weapon testings has already significantly decayed...
February 8, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074207/plutonium-segregation-in-glassy-aerodynamic-fallout-from-a-nuclear-weapon-test
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K S Holliday, J M Dierken, M L Monroe, M A Fitzgerald, N E Marks, R C Gostic, K B Knight, K R Czerwinski, I D Hutcheon, J W McClory
This study combines electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy to probe major element composition and autoradiography to map plutonium in order to examine the spatial relationships between plutonium and fallout composition in aerodynamic glassy fallout from a nuclear weapon test. A sample set of 48 individual fallout specimens were interrogated to reveal that the significant chemical heterogeneity of this sample set could be described compositionally with a relatively small number of compositional endmembers...
January 11, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048283/we-h-204-03-part-2-history-and-archives-resources-at-aip-for-aapm-and-its-members
#13
M Mueller
"William D. Coolidge, Inventor of the Modern X-ray Tube" David J. Allard, M.S., CHP - Director, PA DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection William David Coolidge 1873-1975 was a research scientist and inventor of the modern X-ray tube. Besides Roentgen, with his 1895 discovery and subsequent studies of X-rays, perhaps no other individual contributed more to the advancement of X-ray technology than did Coolidge. He was born in Hudson, MA and received his Bachelor of Science degree from MIT in 1896. That same year he went to Europe to study under renowned physicists of the time...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047523/we-h-204-00-history-committee-symposium
#14
Michael Gossman
"William D. Coolidge, Inventor of the Modern X-ray Tube" David J. Allard, M.S., CHP - Director, PA DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection William David Coolidge 1873-1975 was a research scientist and inventor of the modern X-ray tube. Besides Roentgen, with his 1895 discovery and subsequent studies of X-rays, perhaps no other individual contributed more to the advancement of X-ray technology than did Coolidge. He was born in Hudson, MA and received his Bachelor of Science degree from MIT in 1896. That same year he went to Europe to study under renowned physicists of the time...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046866/we-h-204-01-william-d-coolidge-inventor-of-the-modern-x-ray-tube
#15
D Allard
"William D. Coolidge, Inventor of the Modern X-ray Tube" David J. Allard, M.S., CHP - Director, PA DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection William David Coolidge 1873-1975 was a research scientist and inventor of the modern X-ray tube. Besides Roentgen, with his 1895 discovery and subsequent studies of X-rays, perhaps no other individual contributed more to the advancement of X-ray technology than did Coolidge. He was born in Hudson, MA and received his Bachelor of Science degree from MIT in 1896. That same year he went to Europe to study under renowned physicists of the time...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046816/su-f-p-24-radiological-disperse-device
#16
R Alam
PURPOSE: We are now living in a society of constant fear of terrorism. This topic is pertaining to give a general knowledge of what is a radiological dispersion device or RDD and in case of its detonation, what are the options open to public for a safe action in terms of reducing the exposure and knowing the proper steps. These RDD are also called dirty bombs. METHODS: Compared to nuclear weapons, dirty bombs are easy to make. In order for a terrorist organization to construct and detonate a dirty bomb, it must acquire radioactive material by stealing it or buying it through legal or illegal channels...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046206/we-h-204-02-part-1-history-and-archives-resources-at-aip-for-aapm-and-its-members
#17
G Good
"William D. Coolidge, Inventor of the Modern X-ray Tube" David J. Allard, M.S., CHP - Director, PA DEP Bureau of Radiation Protection William David Coolidge 1873-1975 was a research scientist and inventor of the modern X-ray tube. Besides Roentgen, with his 1895 discovery and subsequent studies of X-rays, perhaps no other individual contributed more to the advancement of X-ray technology than did Coolidge. He was born in Hudson, MA and received his Bachelor of Science degree from MIT in 1896. That same year he went to Europe to study under renowned physicists of the time...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027166/ncrp-vision-for-the-future-and-program-area-committee-activities
#18
John D Boice
The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) believes that the most critical need for the nation in radiation protection is to train, engage, and retain radiation professionals for the future. Not only is the pipeline shrinking, but for some areas there is no longer a pipe! When the call comes to respond, there may be no one to answer the phone! The NCRP "Where are the Radiation Professionals?" initiative, Council Committee (CC) 2, and this year's annual meeting are to focus our efforts to find solutions and not just reiterate the problems...
February 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995953/anthropogenic-and-natural-sources-of-dust-in-peatland-during-the-anthropocene
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B Fiałkiewicz-Kozieł, B Smieja-Król, M Frontasyeva, M Słowiński, K Marcisz, E Lapshina, D Gilbert, A Buttler, V E J Jassey, K Kaliszan, F Laggoun-Défarge, P Kołaczek, M Lamentowicz
As human impact have been increasing strongly over the last decades, it is crucial to distinguish human-induced dust sources from natural ones in order to define the boundary of a newly proposed epoch - the Anthropocene. Here, we track anthropogenic signatures and natural geochemical anomalies in the Mukhrino peatland, Western Siberia. Human activity was recorded there from cal AD 1958 (±6). Anthropogenic spheroidal aluminosilicates clearly identify the beginning of industrial development and are proposed as a new indicator of the Anthropocene...
December 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885077/highlights-of-the-russian-health-studies-program-and-updated-research-findings
#20
Barrett N Fountos
Recognized for conducting cutting-edge science in the field of radiation health effects research, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Russian Health Studies Program has continued to generate excitement and enthusiasm throughout its 23-year mission to assess worker and public health risks from radiation exposure resulting from nuclear weapons production activities in the former Soviet Union. The three goals of the Program are to: (1) clarify the relationship between health effects and chronic, low-to-medium dose radiation exposure; (2) estimate the cancer risks from exposure to gamma, neutron, and alpha radiation; and (3) provide information to the national and international organizations that determine radiation protection standards and practices...
November 24, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
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