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New evidence of radiation risk in childhood leukaemia
Ionising radiation has long been recognised as a cause of leukaemia in exposed children. But delegates at a conference in London (Tuesday 7 September) will hear how ground-breaking research is now providing evidence that the children of men exposed to radiation may also be at increased risk of developing leukaemia. (2004-09-07)

Chernobyl study: Risk of thyroid cancer rises with radiation dose
The risk of thyroid cancer rises with increasing radiation dose, according to the most thorough risk analysis for thyroid cancer to date among people who grew up in the shadow of the 1986 Chernobyl power-plant disaster. (2004-09-01)

Study finds dramatic increase in thyroid cancer
The Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI) today called on the Bush administration to reassess its commitment to the expansion of nuclear power; based on new study reported in the June edition of the International Journal of Epidemiology. The study documents a dramatic increase in thyroid cancers following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. (2004-06-11)

Jennie Hunter-Cevera wins 2004 USFCC/J. Roger Porter Award
Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera, Ph.D., President, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Baltimore, will receive the 2004 USFCC/J. Roger Porter Award. Supported by the United States Federation for Culture Collections (USFCC) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the award recognizes Hunter-Cevera's remarkable expertise in collecting, maintaining, and preserving microbial cultures. (2004-04-30)

The human dimension of disasters
The American Sociological Association (ASA)--in collaboration with George Washington University's Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management (ICDRM), and the Natural Hazards [Senate] Caucus Work Group--is sponsoring a briefing to elucidate the scientific knowledge base that could positively impact legislative- and policy-related efforts to prepare the nation to deal effectively with disasters. (2003-10-20)

Forests near Chernobyl under stress
Pine trees near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine are altering their DNA in response to the huge amount of radioactive fallout from the plant's accident in 1986. Researchers report 30 per cent more methylation in trees grown in contaminated soil - which is a response to stress that prevents the trees' genome from being destabilised by radiation. (2003-09-03)

Amorous worms reveal effects of Chernobyl
According to Ukrainian scientists, worms contaminated with radiation from the Chernobyl fallout have started having sex with each other instead of on their own. This is one of the first direct pieces of evidence on how wildlife has been affected by radioactive pollution. (2003-04-09)

High-density storage of nuclear waste heightens terrorism risks
A space-saving method for storing spent nuclear fuel has dramatically heightened the risk of a catastrophic radiation release in the event of a terrorist attack, according to a study initiated at Princeton. Terrorists targeting the high-density storage systems used at nuclear power plants throughout the nation could cause contamination problems (2003-02-13)

Researchers create new strategy for removing arsenic from soil
A team of researchers, led by a University of Georgia scientist, has developed the first transgenic system for removing arsenic from the soil by using genetically modified plants. The new system could have a major impact on arsenic pollution, which is a dramatic and growing threat to the environment and to human and animal health worldwide. (2002-10-06)

The Lancet Oncology (TLO) and The Lancet Infectious Diseases (TLID)
The first review in this month's TLO reviews the epidemiological evidence linking cancer incidence as a result of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion in the Ukraine. (2002-05-01)

Researchers create simulation of chemical/biological release in Salt Lake City as precautionary measure
Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created a three-dimensional simulation of how a biological or chemical release could spread in and around Salt Lake City. The simulation was not created in response to any known threat. But rather, it was made to display how a dangerous airborne substance would flow through downtown buildings in Salt Lake City as well as the outskirts of the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics in case of an accidental release or terrorist attack. (2002-02-15)

Cutting the cost of fall-out from Chernobyl 15 years after the world's worst nuclear accident
15 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, at Chernobyl in the Ukraine, new thyroid cancers continue to be diagnosed. The accident accounted for the largest group of human cancers associated with a known cause on a known date. (2001-10-23)

Learning lessons from Chernobyl
Our response to international disasters needs to be better coordinated, if we are to maximise the benefit to the country affected and the world as a whole, says an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2001-09-20)

Radiation 'hazards' found at U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress buildings
Radiation levels up to 65 times higher than U.S. Environmental Protection Agency safety standards were measured at the U.S. Capitol building and Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson Building, report researchers. The measured radiation dose rate is up to 550 percent higher than from nuclear power plants and about 13,000 times higher than the average annual radiation dose from worldwide nuclear energy production. (2001-03-27)

Even organizations can be ergonomically designed
Ergonomists have found that they can do an outstanding job of ergonomically designing a system's components, modules, and subsystems but fail to reach relevant systems effectiveness goals because of inattention to the macro-ergonomic design of the overall work system. Tragic examples that might be attributed to this kind of failure include the disasters at the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear power plants and the Bhopal chemical plant. Thus emerged the discipline of MACROERGONOMICS. (2001-02-07)

Environmental issues fail to capture national interest, says Temple University professor on eve of 30th Earth Day celebration
While people still care about the environment, the passion of the Earth Days of the early '70s is gone, according to Robert Mason, director of Temple's Environmental Studies program. (2000-04-16)

Naperville researcher receives national award
Chemist E. Philip Horwitz of Naperville, Ill., will be honored on March 28 by the world's largest scientific society for developing methods to monitor radiation exposure, to separate and process nuclear waste, and other achievements in the field. He will receive the American Chemical Society Award in Separation Science and Technology at the Society's 219th national meeting in San Francisco. (2000-03-20)

Echinacea Symposium Presents New Research On Chernobyl Victims
Results from a long-term clinical study in the Ukraine on the use of Echinacea to treat victims of the Chernobyl disaster is among new studies to be presented. Dr. Pochernyayeva will present an analysis of how effectively Echinacea, consumed as a food additive, protects people who are exposed to radiation. (1999-05-11)

Reassuring Our Trust In Technology
Trevor Pinch, a Cornell professor of science and technology studies, says that trust in technology is based on the curiously reassuring fact that because technology is fabricated by human hands (1999-01-06)

United States And Ukrainian Governments Establish Permanent Chernobyl Laboratory
Last week, during Vice President Al Gore's visit to Chernobyl, the United States and Ukraine signed a joint agreement providing for a permanent laboratory near the site of the nuclear accident. Scientists from the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory will provide much of the expertise. (1998-07-29)

Lessons From Chernobyl Hampered By Fears Of Litigation
Baverstock suggests that those who benefit from the production of nuclear electricity should finance an independent international foundation to co-ordinate research and provide humanitarian aid to victims such as those affected by the Chernobyl accident. He fears that current efforts are being frustrated in an attempt to avoid compensation claims. (1998-03-27)

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)

Special Journal Issue Examines Environmental Problems In Europe
New techniques are succeeding in dealing with a host of major environmental threats plaguing Central and Eastern European countries. Topics include remediation around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the use of wetlands to filter heavy metals from industrial waste water, and treatment of acidified soils from acid rain and mine drainage. (1997-08-29)

Purdue Researchers Prod Plants To Clean Up Pollution
Plants have been recycling waste carbon dioxide into life- giving oxygen for as long as humans have been breathing. Now Purdue University researchers are prodding them to take the cleanup a step further--to collect heavy metals and radioactive waste frompolluted water and contaminated soils (1997-04-11)

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)

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