Scientists: Earth has “Star Trek-like” shield from space radiation

It sounds like a plot ripped directly from science fiction: Scientists have discovered an invisible force field that shields the planet from a barrage of so-called “killer electrons” from space. “Somewhat like the shields created by force fields on ‘Star Trek’ that were used to repel alien weapons, we are seeing an invisible shield blocking […]

Learn About Radiation at RadTown

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has produced a wonderful website that is an excellent way for children and adults alike to learn more about radiation. Its well illustrated and easy to navigate. Check it out at: http://www.epa.gov/radtown/index.html

Packages Delivered to 3 Hospitals Were Contaminated

A company that supplies medical isotopes to McGill University Health Centre hospitals is facing the possibility of fines while the federal nuclear safety commission investigates how 10 packages it delivered in August were found to be contaminated with radiation. An event report recently released by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) states the “event had […]

House Passes Bill to Study Low Dose Radiation

The House on Monday passed legislation by voice vote to authorize Department of Energy research on the risks of low-dose ionizing radiation. Under the measure, H.R. 5544, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science would conduct research on low-dose radiation. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), the bill’s sponsor, said there isn’t enough scientific data regarding exposure […]

Fukushima Radiation Traces Found in West Coast

Coastal Alaskans have been watching for signs of radiation from 2011’s Fukushima nuclear plant accident in Japan. Now, an oceanography institute says trace amounts have been detected off the West Coast. Radiation experts say the very low levels of measured do not pose a health threat here. The post-earthquake and tsunami nuke plant accident spilled […]