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Oct
  The expanding nuclear capabilities of both state and non-state actors call for increasing awareness of nuclear personal protective equipment (PPE). In contrast to the common perception, nuclear PPE is needed not only after detonation of a radiological device. A significant portion of the military's strength is expended towards preventing a nuclear ...

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Sep
  Of all types of radiation, gamma radiation is the most penetrating and energetic. It damages the body by breaking bonds in genetic material and other biological molecules. The body's innate ability to repair such damage can be overwhelmed when exposed to either high doses or low doses over many years. Thus ...

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Sep
  Terrorists have a two-fold interest in nuclear power plants and nuclear weapon facilities: 1) To obtain radioactive material for the development of a nuclear weapon 2) To cause a core meltdown or set fire to spent fuel pools, thus releasing radiation that would cause numerous fatalities and widespread devastation Terror organizations have considered ...

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Sep
  From harrowing hurricane scenarios to a simple fire ignited by a single spark, the main concern at nuclear plants is to safeguard the cooling systems, which ensure that safe temperatures are maintained around the nuclear reactor core. Ultimately, any damage to the core raises the specter of a meltdown. To prevent ...

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Aug
  Recently, with the development of wearable selective shielding technology by StemRad, there is, for the first time ever, the ability to protect first responders from the most penetrating type of radiation – gamma radiation. Yet is this solution "reasonably achievable" as set out in the federal ALARA standard? ALARA – “As ...

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Aug
  Radiation exposure levels permitted for first responders are set in U.S. federal standards. The levels of permitted exposure rise according to the severity of the situation: from 5 rem for occupational exposure to unlimited exposure in the case of protection of large populations (as long as first responders are aware ...

02

Aug
  When it comes to radiation protection, fire and police chiefs often look to federal agencies for guidance. After all, radiological incidents such as a radiological dispersion device (a "dirty bomb"), have federal criminal import and would seemingly be handled by the federal authorities. The assumption is that pretty early on ...

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Jun
  Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Fukushima – these names have gone down in our memories as major nuclear incidents that released high levels of radiation into the atmosphere. And according to scientists, there is a 50% chance of another such disaster occurring in the coming decades. Which means that the time ...

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Jun
    There are about 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with about 4,000 each in the U.S. and Russia – and so far, only two nuclear weapons have ever been used in warfare. Could that ever change? Could a rogue nation – or a terrorist group – set off a nuclear ...

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Jun
  Professionals who deal with the aftermath of a nuclear or radiological event need personal protection. Any CBRN radiation protection solution  can – or should be able to – shield workers from the devastating effects of gamma radiation. But like with so many other things, how you approach protection is key. Many ...
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