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Many religious people view science favorably, but reject certain scientific theories
A new study finds that many US adults -- roughly one in five -- are deeply religious, know a lot about science, and support many practical uses of science and technology in everyday life, but reject scientific explanations of creation and evolution. (2015-01-29)

Study offers clue as to why alcohol is addicting
Drinking alcohol leads to the release of endorphins in areas of the brain that produce feelings of pleasure and reward, according to a study led by researchers at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco. (2012-01-11)

Coral may hold cancer insights
Stanford researchers are exploring how corals that re-colonized Bikini Atoll after nuclear bomb tests 70 years ago have adapted to persistent radiation. Their work is featured in a PBS series. (2017-06-28)

New model suggests lost continents for early Earth
A new radioactivity model of Earth's ancient rocks calls into question current models for the formation of Earth's continental crust, suggesting continents may have risen out of the sea much earlier than previously thought but were destroyed, leaving little trace. (2019-07-01)

Microalgae and aquatic plants can help to decrease radiopollution in the Fukushima area
After a huge earthquake caused severe damage to the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, Japanese plant scientists have been working to determine the impact of radioactive contamination on wild and cultivated plants. In a special issue of Springer's Journal of Plant Research, these experts examine the potential adverse effects of radioactivity on nature and society. (2014-01-09)

Radioisotope couple for tumor diagnosis and therapy
Researchers at Kanazawa University report in ACS Omega a promising combination of radioisotope-carrying molecules for use in radiotheranostics -- a diagnosis-and-treatment approach based on the combination of medical imaging and internal radiation therapy with radioactive elements. (2019-05-13)

Microbial soil cleanup at Fukushima
Proteins from salt-loving, halophilic, microbes could be the key to cleaning up leaked radioactive strontium and caesium ions from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant incident in Japan. (2015-03-10)

The dating game
In 1911 the discovery that the world was billions of years old changed our view of the world forever. The talk at the BA Festival of Science in York, UK, is on Thursday Sept. 13, and is by Dr. Cherry Lewis, University of Bristol, UK. (2007-09-13)

'Red mud' disaster's main threat to crops is not toxic metals
As farmers in Hungary ponder spring planting on hundreds of acres of farmland affected by last October's red mud disaster, scientists are reporting that high alkalinity is the main threat to a bountiful harvest, not toxic metals. In a study in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, they also describe an inexpensive decontamination strategy using the mineral gypsum, an ingredient in plaster. (2011-02-02)

Electron Photon Science Center announces joint research division with Clean Planet
With the aim of creating revolutionary innovation in the energy industry, the Research Center for Electron Photon Science at Tohoku University and Clean Planet Inc. have established a Condensed Matter Nuclear Reaction Division. (2015-04-14)

Can oilfield water safely be reused for irrigation in California?
Reusing low-saline oilfield water mixed with surface water to irrigate farms in the Cawelo Water District of California does not pose major health risks, as some opponents of the practice have feared, a study led by Duke University and RTI International researchers finds. This finding only applies to questions about the safety in this water district, however. Oilfield water elsewhere will have different chemistry and salinity. (2020-05-22)

How much radioactivity is in infant formula?
Based on measurements of radioactivity in samples of infant formula manufactured and sold around the world, researchers estimate that infants 1 year of age or younger who consume these formulas would ingest a significantly higher radioactivity dose than reported levels, but lower than internationally recommended limits. The researchers report the radioactivity levels for each brand of formula in an article published in Environmental Engineering Science. (2015-10-01)

A new spin on spintronics
A team of researchers from the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University is exploring new materials that could yield higher computational speeds and lower power consumption, even in harsh environments. (2015-02-17)

Sustainable nuclear energy moves a step closer
In future a new generation of nuclear reactors will create energy, while producing virtually no long-lasting nuclear waste, according to research conducted by Wilfred van Rooijen, who will receive his Delft University of Technology Ph.D. degree based on this research subject on Tuesday, December 12. (2006-12-11)

Nuclear medicine now safer than ever
Hospitals are now able to ensure that the correct dose is administered to the 670,000 patients that undergo nuclear medicine procedures every year due to a new device developed by scientists at the National Physical Laboratory. (2007-10-10)

Radioactive cesium fallout on Tokyo from Fukushima concentrated in glass microparticles
New research shows that most of the radioactive fallout which landed on downtown Tokyo a few days after the Fukushima accident was concentrated and deposited in non-soluble glass microparticles, as a type of 'glassy soot.' These results are announced at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Yokohama, Japan. (2016-06-26)

Experimental tests of relativistic chemistry will update the periodic table
Researchers from Osaka University used a particle accelerator and co-precipitation to study the chemical reactivity of single rutherfordium atoms. Such experiments will continue the advancement of relativistic chemistry that is pertinent to a range of applications including renewable energy and new materials. (2021-02-16)

Unusual meteorite unlocks treasure trove of solar system secrets
An unusual meteorite that fell on a frozen lake in Canada five years ago has led a Florida State University geochemist to a breakthrough in understanding the origin of the chemical elements that make up our solar system. (2005-09-27)

Safe water: simpler method for analyzing radium in water samples cuts testing time
A simpler technique for testing public drinking water samples for the presence of the radioactive element radium, can dramatically reduce the amount of time required to conduct the sampling required by federal regulations. (2007-08-28)

Radioactive bone cement found to be safer in treating spinal tumors
A radioactive bone cement that's injected into bone to provide support and local irradiation is proving to be a safer alternative to conventional radiation therapy for bone tumors, according to a study led by University of California, Irvine researchers. (2021-02-16)

New highly radioactive particles found in Fukushima
The 10 year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident occurs in March. Work just published in the Journal 'Science of the Total Environment' documents new, large (> 300 micrometers), highly radioactive particles that were released from one of the damaged Fukushima reactors. (2021-02-17)

Rising temperatures could accelerate radiation induced DNA effects in marine mussels
Increased sea temperatures could have a dramatic effect on radiation-induced damage in marine invertebrates, a study led by Plymouth University, in conjunction with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) suggests. (2016-08-23)

Study analyzes foods for radioactive substances
In cooperation with the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is to analyze foods prepared within the scope of the BfR MEAL Study for radiation caused by radioactive elements such as uranium. Main focus will be on the foods most often consumed by the population in Germany. These include cereal products, vegetables and potatoes, dairy products, meat and fish. (2017-05-12)

ER staffs: Gaps exist in hospital preparedness for dirty bombs
Serious challenges remain in radioactivity readiness, according to a new study that finds emergency room doctors and nurses worry that hospitals are not adequately prepared to handle casualties from a radioactive (2008-10-16)

Radioactive isotopes reveal age of oil and gas wastewater spills
A Duke study shows that radium isotopes in soils can be used to determine the age of oil and gas wastewater spills. Three new isotopic age-dating methods developed by the team could be useful for identifying the source of a spill where it's not certain if contamination stems from recent unconventional oil and gas drilling or from older, conventional oil and gas operations in the same watershed. (2016-05-10)

Ancient star explosions revealed in the deep sea
A mystery surrounding the space around our solar system is unfolding thanks to evidence of supernovae found in deep-sea sediments. (2020-08-24)

Scientific Report Gives Food Irradiation Two Thumbs Up
Irradiation can effectively eliminate pathogens and reduce spoilage microorganisms while maintaining the wholesomeness and fresh quality of food, according to the Institute of Food Technologists' Scientific Status Summary (1997-12-18)

Molecule modification could improve reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel
The reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel could become safer and more efficient in future after researchers found a way to modify the structure of molecules to remove radioactive materials. The research is published in the influential Chemistry - A European Journal (7th January 2020) and is described by the editors of the journal as being of great significance. (2020-01-29)

Help with 'screamingly radioactive' storage tanks: Nonradioactive substitute created to aid nuclear waste clean-up
Synthetic goods are generally modeled on scarce but desirable materials -- diamonds, fine wools, even fruit juices. Jim Krumhansl's offering to the world is a bit different. Krumhansl has created synthetic sludge.Unappetizing, perhaps? You thought there was enough of the real thing? But the unusual product, which harmlessly mimics the deadly sludge found in underground nuclear waste storage tanks, could save U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs. (1999-08-23)

Proposed Biomass-Fired Power Plant Will Create Electricity While Clearing Contamination in Belarus
Researchers plan to test a way to decontaminate Belarus forests contaminated 10 years ago by the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. In the plan announced by Sandia National Laboratories, contaminated wood would be burned in a pilot biomass power plant to create electricity and capture radionuclides in the ash (1996-10-17)

Screening truffles for radioactivity 30 years from Chernobyl
Some forest mushrooms, such as wild porcini, can accumulate dangerous levels of radioactivity from the soils they grow in. But until now it was unclear if the same was true for truffles, fungi that range among the most expensive foods in the world. Researchers have analyzed Burgundy truffles collected in central Europe and found they contain only negligible amounts of radioactive cesium, being safe for consumption. The results are published Feb. 25 in Biogeosciences. (2016-02-25)

Sediment sleuthing
A University of Delaware researcher found small quantities of radioactive iodine in the Delaware River, a major waterway. It is providing a new way to track where and how substances travel to the ocean. The iodine, I-131, is waste from thyroid cancer treatments. (2012-03-22)

'Radiolabeling' lets scientists track the breakdown of drugs
A new iron-catalyzed reaction for labeling molecules with radioactive elements offers a unique method that could let chemists more easily track how drugs under development are metabolized in the body. (2016-01-13)

New Tibetan ice cores missing A-bomb blast
Ice cores drilled last year from the summit of a Himalayan ice field lack the distinctive radioactive signals that mark virtually every other ice core retrieved worldwide. That missing radioactivity, originating as fallout from atmospheric nuclear tests during the 1950s and 1960s, routinely provides researchers with a benchmark against which they can gauge how much new ice has accumulated on a glacier or ice field. (2007-12-11)

Chernobyl Animals Highly Contaminated But Undeformed
Wildlife near Chernobyl, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, not only survives, it abounds in the area, now largely abandoned by humans. University of Georgia researchers have found genetic changes but no deformities in several species of fish and rodents examined near Chernobyl in eight expeditions to the area since 1991. (1997-09-12)

American Chemical Society unveils International Year of Chemistry virtual journal
The American Chemical Society (ACS) today launched the inaugural edition of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) IYC Virtual Journal, a dynamic online snapshot of the countless ways in which chemistry improves everyday life for people around the world. Every month through this landmark year, the IYC Virtual Journal will showcase ways in which chemistry improves everyday life for people around the world. (2011-01-31)

Implanting 125I seeds into rat DRG for neuropathic pain: Only neuronal microdamage occurs
Experimental results showed that the mechanical pain threshold was elevated after implanting 125I seeds without influencing motor functions of the hind limb, although cell injury was present. (2014-07-29)

Rebalancing the nuclear debate through education
Better physics teaching with a particular emphasis on radioactivity and radiation science could improve public awareness through education of the environmental benefits and relative safety of nuclear power generation, according to leading Brazilian scientist Heldio Villar. He suggests that it might then be possible to have a less emotional debate about the future of the industry that will ultimately reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. (2011-09-09)

How did uranium get into space?
A month before the Mir Space Station is due to crash into the Pacific Ocean, tiny radioactive specks of uranium have been found on one of its instrument covers. This is the first evidence that space around the Earth is contaminated with uranium. (2001-01-30)

Contamination in North Dakota linked to fracking spills
Accidental wastewater spills from unconventional oil production in North Dakota have caused widespread water and soil contamination, a Duke study finds. Researchers found high levels of contaminants and salt in surface waters polluted by the brine-laden wastewater, which primarily comes from fracked wells. Soil at spill sites was contaminated with radium. At one site, high levels of contaminants were detected in residual waters four years after the spill occurred. (2016-04-27)

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