Radiation Blog

Is the Cold War Coming Back to Haunt Us?
Radiation Leaks from Days Long Gone

The rush to build up a nuclear arsenal following World War II, with the onset of the Cold War, came at an early point in nuclear research when guidelines were not yet formed and the long-term risks of exposure to low levels of radiation were still unclarified. The legacy of this uninformed rush is what [...]

Why is Lead “Gold” When It Comes to Radiation Protection?

Picture a pool table. If it’s empty, striking a cue ball with a pool stick will easily send the ball to the other side of the pool table. Yet, if the table is full of other pool balls, even a very energetic strike will probably result in the cue ball hitting other balls, causing them [...]

The 33rd Anniversary of Chernobyl: What Has Changed?

Fully acknowledged by the Soviets only when radiation alarms went off in Sweden, Chernobyl was the worst nuclear disaster in history. Thirty-three years later, the dramatic, unexpected catastrophe – which started from the routine testing of a nuclear reactor – is being rendered in an HBO mini-series (beginning May 6th). Figuring prominently in the series [...]

Nuclear Plants FLEX Muscles to Handle the Unpredictable

A major U.S. nuclear utility has recently purchased StemRad’s 360 Gamma radiation protection vests, deploying them in critical areas at two of their nuclear plants, as well as in the plants’ FLEX dome (emergency storage areas). Protected structures like FLEX domes were made mandatory after the Fukushima catastrophe, which epitomized the need to prepare for [...]