Theodore (Ted) Rockwell, Member, National Academy of Engineering: We have the ability to measure very small amounts of radiation - we can actually detect single atoms as they disintegrate. So when we hear the clatter of a radiation detector, we feel that we are in danger. But the numbers we encounter from various human-made sources are quite trivial compared with the natural bath of radiation that the galaxies pour down on us as cosmic rays, and the earth and all its lovely vegetation produce, and even our water, food, and our bodies themselves are naturally radioactive.
Theodore (Ted) Rockwell retired founding partner and board member, MPR Associates, died on March 31, 2013. He was born on June 26, 1922, in Chicago and earned MS and BS degrees in chemical engineering at Princeton University. In 1960 he was awarded an honorary Sc.D. degree for contributions to the development of nuclear power. Ted was a prolific writer and speaker on technical topics, wrote popular interest articles, and established a blog, “Learning about Energy.” He edited the Reactor Shielding Manual, the fundamental reference used worldwide since its initial publication in 1956. The closing words on Ted’s life are also his own: “I like to stir up spirited discussions on important issues. Socially, I like to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information, SARI, S.A.R.I.: LNT-based radiophobia fuels needless evacuations, results in extraordinary environmental cleanup costs, inspires avoidance of life-saving medical procedures, produces pressure to lower the diagnostic quality of radiation-related medical imaging, and promotes nuclear fear. Studies supporting LNT are not benign; they do not err on the safe side; and they have deadly consequences.
Robert Hargraves, Physicist. Nuclear power is a green environmental solution. The fuel is cheap and inexhaustible. Green nuclear power can solve the global crises of air pollution deaths and climate change. Cheap energy can help developing nations escape poverty and let industrialized nations improve economic growth. Is nuclear power safe? Yes, the primary obstacle to nuclear power is misunderstanding of radiation health effects.
S Kojima - Tokyo U. of Science, M Tsukimoto - Tokyo U. of Science, N Shimura - Ohu U., H Koga - Lead & Co, A Murata - Lead & Co, T Takara - Takara Clinic: There is considerable evidence from experimental studies in animals, as well as from clinical reports, that low-dose radiation hormesis is effective for the treatment of cancer and ulcerative colitis. In this study, we present 3 case reports that support the clinical efficacy of low-dose radiation hormesis in patients with cancer and inflammation diseases
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