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Test reactor treated Idaho potatoes with radiation via Post Register

The purpose of the Materials Testing Reactor, completed in 1952, was to study how metals and other materials held up when exposed to radiation for extended periods of time. But the MTR facility soon picked up another job: irradiating potatoes. … Continue reading

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 Nuclear essay contest nets students $1,500 apiece via The Post Register

POST REGISTER Two local high school students will receive $1,500 scholarships after winning an essay contest on nuclear science and technology. Each fall the Idaho chapter of the American Nuclear Society puts on the contest. This year’s essays were about … Continue reading

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Federal Government Acknowledges Nuclear Radiation, Chemicals Likely Killed 396 In Idaho via Inquisitr.com

[…] The federal government acknowledged for the first time this year nuclear radiation work done by workers at Idaho National Laboratory probably caused or contributed to the deaths of 396 workers. Though the U.S. federal government compensated the families of … Continue reading

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Weekly Innovation: A Radiation Detector In Your Smartphone via NPR

A smartphone camera can make you a walking gamma ray detector. Without needing any extra hardware, you could get a warning on your phone when you’re approaching potentially harmful levels of gamma radiation. Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory created an … Continue reading

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Officials say 17 Idaho National Lab workers exposed to radiation, taken to medical center via The Washington Post

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Seventeen Idaho National Laboratory workers were undergoing full-body scans after they were potentially exposed to low-level plutonium radiation Tuesday while cleaning at the nuclear research site, officials said. There was no evidence that radiation was released … Continue reading

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