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New method for extracting radioactive elements from air and water
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have successfully tested a material that can extract atoms of rare or dangerous elements such as radon from the air. (2014-07-20)

A noble gas cage
A new material called CC3 effectively traps xenon, krypton, and radon. These gases are used in industries such as lighting or medicine and, in the case of radon, one that can be hazardous when it accumulates in buildings. Research appearing on July 20th in Nature Materials shows how: by breathing enough to let the gases in but not out. The results might lead to cheaper, less energy intensive ways to extract these gases. (2014-07-20)

Sophisticated radiation detector designed for broad public use
Nuclear engineers have developed a small, portable and inexpensive radiation detection device that should help people all over the world better understand the radiation around them, its type and intensity, and whether or not it poses a health risk. (2014-07-10)

PCB increases harmful effects of smoking
In a new study published today in the journal Plos One, researchers at Uppsala University show that the harmful effect of smoking is aggravated if the person has high blood levels of PCB. This indicates that environmental contaminants interact with other risk factors for various diseases -- a field the researchers claim is under-researched. (2014-05-14)

SU plays key role in search for elusive dark matter
The ongoing search for invisible dark matter is the subject of a recent article involving physicists from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences. Research by Richard Schnee, assistant professor of physics, is referenced in Symmetry magazine, a joint publication of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and Fermilab in Batavia, Ill. (2014-04-10)

Experts add radon test to 'must-dos' for home safety -- as important as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Pointing to startling statistics on lung cancer risks, child health and other experts in Canada are ramping up calls for families nationwide to test their homes for radon gas contamination. Worldwide, the estimated proportion of lung cancers attributable to radon range from 3 to 14 percent, depending on the average radon concentration in the country concerned and the calculation methods. (2014-02-13)

Tracking fracking pollution
A team of geochemistry researchers has just completed the first detailed study to examine the natural quality of groundwater prior to fracking. (2013-12-02)

Something in the (expecting mother's) water
Pregnant women living in areas with contaminated drinking water may be more likely to have babies that are premature or with low birth weights (considered less than 5.5 pounds), according to a study based at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. (2013-10-08)

CU-Boulder researchers use climate model to better understand electricity in the air
A research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a global electric circuit model by adding an additional layer to a climate model created by colleagues at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. (2013-10-03)

Scientists demonstrate pear shaped atomic nuclei
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that some atomic nuclei can assume the shape of a pear which contributes to our understanding of nuclear structure and the underlying fundamental interactions. (2013-05-09)

Exotic atoms hold clues to unsolved physics puzzle at the dawn of the universe
An international team of physicists has found the first direct evidence of pear shaped nuclei in exotic atoms. (2013-05-08)

Electricity from trees
Plants have long been known as the lungs of the Earth, but a new finding has found they may also play a role in electrifying the atmosphere. (2012-03-20)

Suggested link between radon and skin cancer
A new study published this week suggests that a link may exist between radon exposure and non-melanoma skin cancer. (2011-11-14)

Big Tobacco knew radioactive particles in cigarettes posed cancer risk but kept quiet
Tobacco companies knew that cigarette smoke contained radioactive alpha particles for more than four decades and developed (2011-09-28)

Penn chemists make first molecular binding measurement of radon
Even in trace quantities, the radioactive gas radon is very dangerous; it is second only to cigarette smoking as a cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States. The expense and precautions necessary to study it safely have limited research into its properties. Now, University of Pennsylvania chemists have for the first time measured how well radon binds to a molecule, paving the way for future research on it and other noble gasses. (2011-07-29)

Canada's Cancer Risk Management model is an important new health tool for policymakers
If Canada's smoking rates were cut by half to an average national rate of 11 percent within five years, it would result in 35,900 fewer cases of lung cancer by 2030 and save $656 million in treatment costs, according to analysis using a new web-enabled platform developed for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and presented at the 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Amsterdam, hosted by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. (2011-07-06)

Accurate measurement of radioactive thoron possible at last
Annette Rottger and her scientific team managed to do something that was previously thought to be impossible: they developed a primary standard for the measurement of short-lived radioactive thoron. (2011-03-07)

34 percent of Galician secondary schools exceed maximum recommended radon levels
Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have analyzed levels of radon, a natural radioactive gas, in 58 secondary schools in Galicia. The results show that 34 percent of these schools exceed the limit of 400 Bequerels/m3 recommended by the European Union. Excessive inhalation of radon is associated with lung cancer. (2010-12-21)

Choice of career is a major risk factor for persistent neurodermatitis
Neurodermatitis is characterized by abnormal skin irritability. Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have shown that occupational exposure to sensitizing agents like flour influences the risk for persistent neurodermatitis. The new finding highlights the need for careful career counseling of adolescent patients. (2010-09-07)

Contaminants in groundwater used for public supply
More than 20 percent of untreated water samples from 932 public wells across the nation contained at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern, according to a new study by the US Geological Survey. The USGS study focused primarily on source (untreated) water collected from public wells before treatment or blending rather than the finished (treated) drinking water that water utilities deliver to their customers. (2010-05-21)

Radon in residential buildings: A risk factor for lung cancer
About 1900 deaths from lung cancer per year in Germany are due to radon within residential buildings. This was the conclusion reached in the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International by Klaus Schmid of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and his co-authors. (2010-03-30)

Toads' earthquake exodus
Common toads (Bufo bufo) can detect impending seismic activity and alter their behavior from breeding to evacuation mode, suggests a new study in the Zoological Society of London's Journal of Zoology. (2010-03-30)

Gadgets not related to teenagers' brain pain
Use of most electronic media is not associated with headaches, at least not in adolescents. A study of 1,025 13- to 17-year-olds, published in the open-access journal BMC Neurology, found no association between the use of computer games, mobile phones or television and the occurrence of headaches or migraines. However, listening to one or two hours of music every day was associated with a pounding head. (2010-02-08)

The 43rd Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society
The 43rd Midyear Meeting of the Health Physics Society will take place Jan. 24-27, 2010, in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Doubletree Hotel. The topical meeting will focus on (2010-01-13)

Home heating efficiencies offer 'hat trick' of savings: UM study
Improving the energy efficiency of Maryland homes heated by natural gas would generate a (2009-12-14)

Health Physics Society recommends considering action for indoor radon below current guidelines
With radon-caused lung cancer deaths averaging 20,000 per year, the Health Physics Society asks the public to consider taking action even at measured levels below current guidelines. (2009-11-30)

Study in Spain and Romania confirms radon as second leading cause of lung cancer
Exposure to radon gas in homes is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, according to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Cantabria and the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. The team has studied data on exposure to this element in a uranium mining area in Transylvania and in an area of granite in Torrelodones, Madrid. (2009-09-30)

Guide on lung cancer in 'never-smokers': A different disease and different treatments
A committee of scientists led by Johns Hopkins investigators has published a new guide to the biology, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer in never-smokers, fortifying measures for what physicians have long known is a very different disease than in smokers. (2009-09-16)

Sunbeds (UV tanning beds) and UV radiation moved up to highest cancer risk category by International Agency for Research on Cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has moved sunbeds (UV tanning beds) up to the highest cancer risk category -- group 1 -- (2009-07-28)

Health Physics Society 54th Annual Meeting
How does Hollywood impact radiation perception? Can we treat cancer with microscopic particles acting like a Trojan horse? How does the radiation exposure our astronauts receive during space travel compare to their routine diagnostic radiology exams? (2009-07-08)

Well water should be tested annually to reduce health risks to children
Private well water should be tested yearly, and in some cases more often, according to new guidance offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, took a lead role in working with the AAP to develop these recommendations and draft a new AAP policy statement about the things parents should do if their children drink well water. (2009-05-26)

Deaths from lung cancer could be reduced by better policies to control indoor radon
About 1,100 people each year die in the UK from lung cancer related to indoor radon, but current government protection policies focus mainly on the small number of homes with high radon levels and neglect the 95 percent of radon-related deaths caused by lower levels of radon, according to a study published on today. (2009-01-06)

Jefferson Department of Surgery announces new pancreas tumor registry
Charles J. Yeo, M.D., Samuel D. Gross Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, announces the establishment of the new Jefferson Pancreas Tumor Registry. (2008-10-29)

Major source of radon exposure overlooked at former Ohio uranium-processing plant
University of Cincinnati scientists say that a recent scientific study of a now-closed uranium processing plant near Cincinnati has identified a second, potentially more significant source of radon exposure for former workers. (2008-10-23)

Radiation in your backyard ... sometimes
Modern nuclear techniques are giving the world's scientists and regulators better tools to fight pollution and other environmental threats -- even those that may be lurking naturally at the beach or near your backyard. Many of the world's top (2008-10-16)

Radioactivity: Discover the lowest amounts with new methods
On the invitation of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, the German National Metrology Institute, scientists from 27 countries are meeting Sept. 22-26 to exchange ideas about new measurement and analytical techniques and possible ways of applying them at the 5th International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology Low-Level Radioactivity Measurement Techniques. (2008-09-16)

Mother Earth naked -- a modern masterpiece
Earth and computer scientists from 79 nations are working together on a global project called OneGeology to produce the first digital geological map of the world. This project is doing the same for the rocks beneath our feet that Google does for maps of the Earth's surface. (2008-07-31)

Indoor residential air quality has significant impact on health
Indoor air quality has a greater impact on health than outdoor air quality, as North American adults spend almost 90 percent of their time indoors. (2008-07-14)

More sensitive radiology monitoring in the Basque Country
Networks for radiological monitoring are designed to monitor radioactivity levels in the environment and detect possible incidents. The Ph.D. thesis defended by Ms. Natalia Alegría at the University of the Basque Country provides a scientific methodology for distinguishing between natural radioactivity and radiological incidents caused externally. (2008-06-09)

Earthquake in Illinois could portend an emerging threat
To the surprise of many, the earthquake on April 18, 2008, about 120 miles east of St. Louis, originated in the Wabash Valley Fault, not the better-known and more-dreaded New Madrid Fault in Missouri's bootheel. The concern of Douglas Wiens, Ph.D., and Michael Wysession, Ph.D., seismologists at Washington University in St. Louis, is that the New Madrid Fault may have seen its day and the Wabash Fault is the new kid on the block. (2008-04-24)

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