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Nuclear Energy For Food industry

Light is the way toward presenting materials to radiation to accomplish a specialized objective, for example, for restorative applications, plastics, vehicle parts, and even gemstones. At the point when connected to nourishment, sustenance light is the way toward presenting sustenance to ionizing radiation to demolish microscopic organisms, infections, or different microorganisms. Nourishment light is a standout amongst the most widely and altogether considered techniques for sustenance conservation. Albeit numerous nations license the utilization of this innovation, the maximum capacity of this innovation presently can’t seem to be accomplished.

The utilization of light to kill microorganisms in sustenance was assessed in the US in 1921 when the Department of Agriculture detailed that it would adequately murder trichinae in pork. [2] Irradiation has then turned into a standard method to sterilize shopper and therapeutic items, from cement strips to careful inserts. The high vitality beams produce from a specific vitality source, which at that point hits the nourishment specifically. The vitality beams specifically damage the DNA of the living life forms in the sustenance, for example, microorganisms. Notwithstanding, there has been some hesitance from the general population to acknowledge illuminated nourishments since radiation is regularly connected with malignant growth and awfulness. Studies led in the mid-2000s by the Food Marketing Institute and FoodNet locales demonstrated that half of the populace is prepared to purchase illuminated sustenances.


Three unique methods have been created by the cleansing business: gamma illumination, electron pillar light, and x-illumination.

  • Gamma light uses high vitality gamma beams produced by cobalt (Co) 60 or cesium (Cs) These sources have an exceptionally long half-life, which makes them valuable for business establishment. Nourishment or different items are put into a vigorously protected room and presented to gamma beams for a predefined timeframe. At the point when the source isn’t being used, it is put away in a pool of water which turns it off. Since the gamma beam contains high vitality, they can infiltrate profoundly, making it conceivable to treat mass sustenances.
  • The electron bar innovation utilizes beta beams, which is a flood of electrons, that is transmitted from an electron firearm. Electrons can just enter a couple of centimeters of nourishment, so this method is just material to thin layers of sustenance. Slim layers of metal protecting from the treatment cell is adequate to secure the administrator. At the point when not being used, the electron source is killed by exchanging the electric current. No radioactivity is included. This method is substantially more helpful than the gamma light, yet additionally less successful because of the intensity of the electron is not as much as that of the gamma beams.
  • The X-illumination is the most as of late created innovation, which consolidates the properties of the two procedures above. High vitality X-beams can be created if an electron bar hits a slender metal foil.Like gamma beams, X-beams can infiltrate sustenances to a lot more prominent profundity than electron pillars can and require heavier protecting for the administrator. Notwithstanding, X-beams sources can be turned on and off and don’t require the utilization of a radioactive source.

Nourishment light has been more completely assessed than some other sustenance handling innovation most likely for subways fast food. It is an essential nourishment wellbeing apparatus in battling sustenance borne ailment. It very well may be utilized to enhance the time span of usability of a few nourishments just as kill potential malady causing microorganisms in our sustenance before it is devoured by people in general. Notwithstanding, despite the fact that illumination itself is protected to the human body and anticipates maladies, it isn’t totally foul-evidence. Indeed, even with the light, precautionary measures should at present be grasped when taking care of nourishment.

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PopAtomic Studios is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to change negative misconceptions about atomic energy by creating new imagery and sharing current information. We are a group of artists working to support clean and contemporary nuclear energy solutions. Our goals include:

*Creating new imagery and icons that invite viewers to further investigate nuclear energy as a solution to the energy, environmental and economic issues we are facing today.
*Providing Atomic inspired designs and public artwork for Individuals, Student Groups, Energy Companies and other proponents of nuclear energy.

*Creating fun and engaging educational materials for all ages to promote the benefits of new nuclear technologies and the future of clean energy.

Please get in touch with us regarding any ideas or questions you might have! We are excited to create custom artwork specific to your needs!

The Problem with the Electric Car

Electric Vehicles- Too Good to be True?

In recent months Nissan has begun effective marketing of their new Zero-Emissions vehicle the Leaf. According to the Nissan website, Zero-emissions are eco-friendly vehicles, such as Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Fuel-Cell Vehicles (FCVs) that have no tailpipe emissions of CO2 or other gases. The idea is that you can charge the vehicle’s electric battery at home or at designated charging stations and have absolutely no carbon emissions, or at least that is what the advertising might lead one to believe. Sounds pretty great but there is one major problem that the media and public don’t seem to notice. Electricity is not intrinsically carbon-free. In fact, electricity production is the single largest emitter of CO2 in the United States according to the EPAs report on Climate Change.

I have often wondered why culturally, the idea of electricity is not associated with large carbon emissions? I think it probably has something to do with the big bucks spent by the Coal Industry on advertising, but regardless, I would like to think that as Americans we are smart enough to recognize their deceit.  And Coal is exactly what is fueling the new Nissan Leaf, and other hybrids and Fuel-Cell Vehicles. Essentially cars like the Leaf are just deferring their CO2 emissions to another fossil fuel.

I see this issue as tangible evidence of the lack of general understanding of energy production and consumption. I agree that electricity is good. I like having lights, heat, hospitals, schools, computers, and cars. However, we must be more critical of where our electricity is coming from and drop the assumption that electric=clean. This new generation of electric vehicles could be a great thing, but it depends on a large scale shift to a clean energy source: nuclear energy.

Building Tomorrow’s Work Force by Sharing a Piece of Nuclear History

PopAtomic Studios in partnership with the Michael Krupinski Memorial Foundation launched an exciting new fund-raising project this past week in Amelia Island at the 22nd Annual Waste Management and Clean-Up Decision Makers Forum. We unveiled these custom made sculptures displaying graphite salvaged from the very first man-made sustained nuclear reaction at Stagg Field in Chicago on December 2, 1942.

These little pieces of history are available for a charitable donation ranging from $200 to $500 and the proceeds from the sculptures is going to the Michael Krupinski Memorial Foundation (MKMF). MKMF is an effort to expand the pipeline of students entering the engineering field to support the growth of the nuclear industry’s workforce. They do this through real-time interactive reactor lab sessions that are done live via the internet using cameras in classrooms across America. We encourage you to learn more about their work and share this exciting project with anyone who might be interested in supporting this important cause.

You can see in the drawing of the Chicago Pile 1 that this graphite moderator was stacked with the Uranium in the first nuclear reaction, calculated and overseen by Enrico Fermi himself. This is such an incredible part of human history and we include a booklet with the complete history of CP-1 as well as a certificate of authenticity with each sculpture order.

There is a limited supply of this historical graphite, however, I wanted to open up this opportunity to supporters of PopAtomic since our readers tend to be good Samaritans and champions of education. We are very excited to contribute to the growth of the MKMFs outreach efforts and consider them a close ally in our efforts to cultivate a better public understanding of nuclear energy.

If you are interested in having your own piece of history and supporting the growth of America’s nuclear workforce please contact us via email for an order form for your custom sculpture:

The Beginning of my Nuclear Education

In 1999, during a lesson about energy and ecology in my high school Biology class (in Atlanta) I was taught that nuclear energy was intrinsically dangerous and hazardous to the environment. I went home that day incredibly upset and confronted my Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about all of the horrible things he had been doing at work and voiced my disappointment in his choice of career. My Dad didnt say anything, he just listened. The next day he went to Georgia Tech and borrowed a Geiger Counter. When I came home from school that afternoon, he had assembled a number of everyday items on the kitchen table. He explained that radiation is all around us and showed me that some things in our home have measureable amounts of radioactivity. I remember one item was a lantern mantel (which contained thorium at that time), which pegged the meter. He asked if I would like to go and investigate a nuclear power plant so that I could report back to my class with more information about nuclear energy and radiation.

That weekend we drove up to the Oconee Power Station in South Carolina, Geiger Counter in hand, to measure the radiation levels at the plant. During the drive, my Dad discussed all the measures that utilities take to protect workers, the public, and the environment from the radiation inside the reactor.  He told me about the r-squared effect, and that I could expect to find the highest radiation measurements nearest the containment building, and it would decline exponentially the further away we went.

This was before the September 11th attacks, and I was able to get really close to the structures, and my research was enthusiastically supported by the staff at the Oconee Power Station (they have a great Visitors Center if you ever have a chance to visit). We took readings at three distances starting near the containment building, then moving outward. We did the same thing at the spent fuel storage facility. The measurements were really, really low near the facilities and declined rapidly as we moved away from each building.  On the closest public road to site, the radiation level was the same as the background reading far from the site.