CT scans and X-rays may up testicular cancer risk

Early and repeated exposure to X-rays and CT scans may increase the chance of testicular cancer. The findings support the use of more testicular shielding.

Steve Graff-Pennsylvania • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~5 min

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The International Space Station at 20 offers hope and a template for future cooperation

Humans have been living on the International Space Station for two full decades. So what comes next for this ailing technology, and what does it mean for future International ventures in space?

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
Nov. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Chernobyl: bumblebees still at risk from radiation nearly 35 years on

While long-term exposure of lower levels of radiation for wildlife around Chernobyl is still being debated, new research provides insight into the effects on bumblebee populations.

Katherine Raines, Fellow and Lecturer, University of Stirling • conversation
Nov. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Dynamic tattoos promise to warn wearers of health threats

Researchers are developing tattoo inks that do more than make pretty colors. Some can sense chemicals, temperature and UV radiation, setting the stage for tattoos that diagnose health problems.

Carson J Bruns, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Nuclear threats are increasing – here's how the US should prepare for a nuclear event

What if there was another nuclear incident in the US? A disaster management scholar looks back at the history of nuclear events to assess the risk.

Cham Dallas, University Professor Department of Health Policy & Management, University of Georgia • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~13 min

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Duckweed is an incredible, radiation-fighting astronaut food – and by changing how it is grown, we made it better

Duckweed is the perfect space food: small, fast-growing and nutritious. By studying how light levels changed the production of radiation-fighting antioxidants, researchers made it even better.

Barbara Demmig-Adams, Professor of Plant Ecology and Molecular Biology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

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A restart of nuclear testing offers little scientific value to the US and would benefit other countries

Seventy-five years after the first nuclear detonation and nearly 30 years since testing was banned, the US is considering resuming live nuclear testing.

Miles A. Pomper, Senior Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~10 min

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Cosmic rays may be behind life’s mirrored molecules

Radiation from space may have left a mark on early life, researchers say. It could explain chirality, or why molecules have left- and right-handed versions.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
June 5, 2020 ~8 min

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Radiation shield polymer may replace lead

A new polymer composite may offer a lighter, non-toxic radiation shielding to replace lead, researchers report.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~4 min

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Radiation detector can monitor X-rays in near-real time

A new material allows for better monitoring of X-ray radiation, researchers report. That could give a boost to medical imaging or even airport security.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~3 min

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