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Nuclear Half-Life  Posted: May 9, 2001
What the kids in Paducah have in common with the children of Chernobyl, and $1500 to the best Plutonium Memorial.

This site's webmaster is the son of two people who worked at Columbia University for the Manhattan Project developing the gaseous diffusion isotope isolation technology used in Paducah and Oak Ridge. I hope you find these links interesting too.

Chernobyl children show DNA changes

Fifteen years on, the Soviet legacy remains uncertain.
BBC News correspondent Alex Kirby

  Scientists say there is evidence that low radiation doses can cause multiple changes in human DNA, that are passed on to future generations.   Click Here to read the BBC article.

Plutonium Memorial Contest

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (see the link on the LINKS page) is proud to announce a competition that we hope will focus the world's artists, architects, and visionary thinkers on a problem that has all but stumped the world's policymakers, scientists, and leaders: the problem of plutonium disposal.

Basically, we want to create a memorial to plutonium, that nasty substance that stays radioactive for thousands of years, can be made into nuclear bombs, and is deadly if ingested. But hiding it away, as conventional notions dictate, will prevent the world from learning anything from its folly.

We're also giving away more than $3,000 in prizes to the person or persons who come up with the best design for our "Plutonium Memorial."

So we invite you to submit your drawings, architectural models, schematics, blueprints, or other representations to the Bulletin. A panel of experts will judge the entries and present the winners in an issue next year. There are a few technical details that must be followed (plutonium, after all, is tricky to handle). Follow these links to learn more about the care and handling of plutonium and the contest rules:

By Kentucky Resources Council on 05/09/2001 5:32 PM
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