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Five Things to Know about Hazards of Radioactivity

Five Things to Know about Hazards of Radioactivity There are many factors to consider when saying “radioactivity is hazardous.” Here is an attempt to summarize them in five points. By Brett RosenbergMay 28, 2020 Radiation is not an age-old reality; in fact, the discovery of radiation is fairly recent. Becquerel, whose name is now used as a unit for an amount of radioactivity, discovered in 1896 that uranium salts were emitting energy. In the early 1900s, he discovered medical uses for radioactivity. Soon, scientists began studying the various uses radioactive elements including the medical field and industrial fields, like with radioluminescent dials and, of course, its potential as a weapon. Then came the first atomic bomb. We entered the atomic age in the 1940s following World War I, and the amount of research that was conducted in the decades to follow did not reach the public as quickly as the media. Godzilla in the 1950s, comic book characters like the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk in the 1960s, the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, and the orphan radiotherapy source in Goiânia in 1987 all paint a gruesome picture of radioactivity: radiation causes mutations and horrible deaths. The assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 by a radioactive isotope of polonium further proves the point, right? Radiation is just like any other substance – the dose makes the poison. There is water all around you, but too much of it can kill you. There is a similar philosophy for medications in that too much of something will exceed a therapeutic dose and result in a lethal dose. We live in a sea of radioactivity, although some people receive more than others. People who live at higher altitudes receive higher doses from cosmic radiation, and those who live in areas with natural uranium deposits get higher doses from radon. Airline pilots receive even higher doses from cosmic radiation because there is less atmosphere shielding them. Miners have been evaluated for lung cancer because of their higher exposures to radon, although the prevalence of smoking among them complicates the evaluations. We have incorporated the use of radioactive americium in smoke detectors, tritium in exit signs and thorium in lantern mantles. There is uranium in the ceramic glaze of Fiestaware, and radioactive cesium in game meat because of fallout from weapons testing. Radiation, both natural and man-made, is everywhere, but we have not been able to observe adverse health effects at current regulatory levels. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Το twitter «γλέντησε» τον τελικό ανάμεσα στο ζευγάρι του MasterChef 4

Ο τελικός της Silver Week του MasterChef 4 έγινε «οικογενειακή υπόθεση» καθώς το ζευγάρι του MasterChef 4 ήταν αυτό που βρέθηκε αντιμέτωπο. Η Μαρία Μπέη και ο Δημήτρης Μπέλλος φόρεσαν τις ποδιές τους και πήραν θέση πίσω από την κουζίνα του MasterChef προκειμένου να διεκδικήσουν με τις μαγειρικές τους παρασκευές το χρηματικό έπαθλο των 10.000 ευρώ αλλά και τη βαλίτσα με τα υψηλής ποιότητας μαχαίρια. Όπως ήταν αναμενόμενο, οι χρήστες του twitter έβαλαν στο στόχαστρο το ζευγάρι του διαγωνισμού και το «γλέντι» φούντωσε για τα καλά… Άμα το ειπε η Μαρία να ανέβει θα ανέβει 60,62,64,65 να το αφήσω;#MasterChefGR — Argiro Makri (@ArgMakri) May 27, 2020 Λοιπόν Δημήτρη Θα πας σιγά και θα μ αφήσεις να κερδίσω εντάξει? #masterchefgr pic.twitter.com/sOpgzmwd7d — Tzil (@Gille45801748) May 27, 2020 Αυτό που η Μαρία το έπαιζε έξυπνη με το μπριος ενώ αν δεν της είχαν πει οι κριτές τι να κάνει, θα σέρβιρε φρυγανιές. Α μαρη χαμένη #masterchefgr — Hero Grigoraki (@herogrig) May 27, 2020 Φανταστείτε πως θα έκανε η Μαρία στο δημοτικό κάθε φορά που έλυνε άσκηση ρε σεις #MasterChefGR — ĶŘĀXȚÍŚ ȘĚ ØŁA 💭 (@KraxtisO) May 27, 2020 Αν η υπομονή και η ψυχραιμία είχαν πρόσωπο θα ήταν σίγουρα ο Μπέλλος μας! #MasterchefGR pic.twitter.com/4zejvgK9Nv — Η Αννούλα του Τοτού (@pro_ekriksis) May 27, 2020 Αχου μωλε ολοι απο πανω της και τη βοηθανε. Κατα τ αλλα μονη της! #MasterChefGR — malu♋ (@malu9514) May 27, 2020 Αν κερδισει η Μαρια σημερα του Μπελου θα του ρθει η εμμηνοπαυση #MasterChefGR — Loanna (@queenjionna) May 27, 2020 #MasterChefGR pic.twitter.com/nA8ptg9w5z — Axortagi Fagana 🍕🍔🍩🌶 (@Axortagifagana) May 27, 2020 Χωρίς τον μπελο στον εξώστηη Μαρία δεν μπορεί να βράσει ούτε νερό #MasterChefGR — Ακάλυπτος (@Dinwepitagi) May 27, 2020 #MasterChefGR καλα ρε, τι κανει ο αλλος, παει να δει τι κάνει το Μαρακε; Και τον αφήνουν; — Βλαχομπαρόκ (@Nickzzz33397048) May 27, 2020 Το υφος μου πλεον ''με το love story Μπελου/Μαριας'' #MasterChefGr pic.twitter.com/VDCHGrgRvS — Monkey D. Komi 🐵 (@PanosDotKom) May 27, 2020 Μετά την Κατερίνα το χάος.. #MasterChefGR pic.twitter.com/YZdk1n0yT6 — Greta Farm (@GretaFarm) May 27, 2020 Εντάξει σας μάθαμε τι είστε.Εσύ Μαρία σεβασμό στο δάσκαλο Μπέλλο.Εσύ Μπέλλο ας πρόσεχες που έμπλεξες με μια που δε εκτιμά τίποτα σιγά μη πει κι ευχαριστώ #MasterChefGR pic.twitter.com/IvxsW7UgGL — Sugar (@missugarsay) May 27, 2020 Σκασμος εσυ Δημητρακη😂(την φωτο την βρηκα στο fb δεν ξερω ποιος θεουλης την εφιαξε αν το δεις στειλε να σε τιμησω)..#MasterChefGR pic.twitter.com/fDN9dRwOZF — Nairodi♦ (@marinella091) May 27, 2020 Σπόιλερ το αμάξι που αγόρασε ο Μπέλλος βρέθηκε με μαχαιρωμένα και τα 4 λάστιχα τις προάλλες #MasterChefGR — Κολώνα (@colonakin) May 27, 2020 Μαράκι??? Ξέρω τον λόγο που θέλει τόσο πολύ τα μαχαίρια ο Μπέλος........😝😅🤪 #MasterChefGR — Lena Manou (@lmanou) May 27, 2020 Εγώ αν ήμουν Μπελλος θα χρησιμοποιούσα τα μαχαίρια κατευθείαν για το Μαράκι. Για να της δείξω πως να μαγειρεύει εννοώ 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣#MasterChefGR — Doctoresa 😷💉🩺 (@KatrantziSofia) May 27, 2020 Let's block ads! (Why?)

QuickTakes 05/27/2020

Employers should use the hierarchy of controls to control hazards and protect workers, including by first trying to eliminate hazards from the workplace, then implementing engineering controls followed by administrative controls and safe work practices, and finally using personal protective equipment (PPE). When engineering controls, such as physical barriers, are not feasible in a particular workplace or for a certain operation, other types of controls, including PPE, may be considered in accordance with the hierarchy. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Γλέντι στο Twitter με τον ξανθό Κοντιζά: Ο Μιγιάγκι του ντεκαπάζ

Ο ημιτελικός του Silver Award στο Masterchef 4 έγινε χθες και νικητές βγήκαν η Μαρία Μπέη και ο Δημήτρης Μπέλλος, το ζευγάρι του ριάλιτι μαγειρικής που σήμερα θα αναμετρηθεί για τα 10.000 ευρώ. Κατά τη διάρκεια της χθεσινής δοκιμασίας, όπου οι παίκτες μαγείρεψαν μαζί με τους μέντορές τους, τα στοιχήματα για το ποιος θα νικήσει έπεσαν βροχή. Οι τρεις κριτές έβαλαν μεταξύ τους ένα στοίχημα με τον Σωτήρη Κοντιζά να λέει ότι αν χάσει θα βάψει ξανθά τα μαλλιά του και τον Πάνο Ιωαννίδη ότι θα ξυρίσει το μούσι του. Ο Σωτήρης Κοντιζάς έχασε και όπως ήταν αναμενόμενο το Twitter πήρε φωτιά. Όπως είπε ο σεφ δεν θα πειράξει τα μαλλιά του, όμως οι φανς του τον οραματίστηκαν ξανθό. Και το αποτέλεσμα έφερε αδιαμφισβήτητα γέλιο! #MasterChefGR Θα το ζήσουμε κι αυτό! pic.twitter.com/nfkPvavgUh — GEORGE POULIOS (@geopoulio) May 26, 2020 Ο Μιγιάγκι του ντεκαπαζ #MasterChefGR pic.twitter.com/a1PCLtCBQP — Κόκο Μπλόκο (@RhzcLhiGwlYtRpY) May 26, 2020 Τελευταία τάση στο Τόκιο #MasterChefGR pic.twitter.com/1uiMqTS7i0 — Κόκο Μπλόκο (@RhzcLhiGwlYtRpY) May 26, 2020 Από αύριο στο #MasterChefGR ο σεφ Κοντιζας (Μέτριο edit προχωράμε) pic.twitter.com/QHawTgsseo — Koutsopoulos Hooligans (@TeamLeoHooligan) May 26, 2020 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Eight Ways to Go Out During the Pandemic and Stay Safe

Eight Ways to Go Out During the Pandemic and Stay Safe People are starting to loosen their social distancing practices and mask wearing—but the pandemic is not over. Here are some tips on how to go out while staying as safe as possible. May 27, 2020 It’s been two, almost three months since the first stay-at-home orders. Summer is approaching, and people are getting tired of staying inside. Support for social distancing is decreasing, and cellphone data shows people are beginning to leave their homes. Most states are beginning to open their economies, ready or not. At the beginning, experts’ guidance was absolute, says one Vox article. People were told to stay home and avoid interacting with anyone you don’t live with. Now, with a vaccine who-knows-how-far away, people are leaving their homes and saying we need to focus on harm-reduction techniques. There’s no question that keeping people indoors is the most effective way to manage the spread of a disease. However, people are beginning to abandon that recommendation—either because they cannot or will not follow it anymore. Julia Marcus, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard, compared the choice to the idea of abstinence versus advising on safe sex during the worst of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Completely avoiding sex would keep someone safe from HIV, but given that most people won’t do that, it’s better to give them the tools to practice sex as safely as possible. “There’s been a polarization between two purported options of staying home indefinitely…versus going back to business as usual,” Marcus told me. “The idea of harm reduction gives us a way of thinking about risk as a continuum and thinking about the middle ground between those two options.” Let's block ads! (Why?)

President Tzitzikostas: EU budget and Recovery plans protect and empower regions, cities and villages as asked by the European Committee of the Regions

​​EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27 and Recovery Plan respond to CoR's requests to support the recovery of regional and local communities. They provide an answer to populists and euro-sceptics, proving the added value of the European Union.Commenting on the EU MFF and Recovery plan proposed by the European Commission, the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Apostolos Tzitzikostas said: "The EU budget worth €1.100bn and the €750bn Recovery Plan focus on the safety, recovery and resilience of regions, cities and villages across Europe and include the key elements demanded by the European Committee of Regions. They also provide a clear answer to populists and euro-sceptics, proving the added value of the European Union during these difficult times. I call on EU's Member States and on the European Parliament to assess and adopt swiftly the proposals presented today by President Ursula von der Leyen.''As asked by the European Committee of the Regions, the new draft EU budget in​cludes an EU Recovery Fund of at least EUR €500bn in grants. It introduces a new Healthcare program bringing together all levels of government – EU, national and regional – to improve health services and facilities across the continent. The proposal reinvigorates the EU's cohesion policy, with more than €373bn allocations, strengthens rural development investing €90bn, and boosts the just transition with a €40bn fund. In line with our demands, the Commission's plans also provide important answers for vital sectors as tourism, culture and SMEs'', added President Tzitzikostas.The Chair of the CoR Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER),Isabelle Boudineau (FR/PES), commented: "Beyond the numbers of the new proposal, it is essential that European resources arrive quickly and are invested usefully on the ground. Regions and cities know best in which areas or sectors we need to  invest to tackle the consequences of the crisis and prepare the future. This cannot be a top-down exercise, so we need a reformed European Semester that involves local and regional authorities and focuses on the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. If the European Union fails us by delaying the decisions on the MFF and the recovery plan, the consequences will be disastrous socially, economically and moreover politically".The first CoR Vice-President, Vasco Cordeiro (PT/PES), said: ''The multiannual financial framework proposed by the Commission increases support for cities and regions to overcome the social and economic difficulties and to decrease the territorial inequalities and disparities among citizens. This is a crucial aspect not only for cohesion policy – which is needed now more than ever - but for the whole recovery plan and EU budget. All funds should be easily accessible to our regions and cities in order to act steadily and ensure that EU investments are effective and target the real needs of our citizens".The CoR Rapporteur on the Multiannual Financial Framework, Nikola Dobroslavić (HR/EPP), said: ''I welcome the Commission's plans to introduce an extension of current cohesion policy programmes with additional funding until 2022, and to strengthen the level of 2021-27 regional policy investment for sustainable growth and resilience. This will support job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth and sustainable development. The CoR is determined to continue its work to increase the visibility of the EUs budget and of its added value for people's lives".BACKGROUNDSince the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Committee of the Regions has ​been the voice of the one million regional and local elected politicians across Europe.In its Declaration adopted on 8 May the CoR asked for:1) A plan for a sustainable, resilient and social Europe including an EU Recovery Fund, connected to an ambitious EU budget and based on European debt insurance, worth at least € 500 billion.2) An EU Health Mechanism to purchase medical supply and to assess, refit and monitor regional health systems' capacity investing on healthcare resilience and sustainability.3) Funding schemes to help regional and local communities compensate local tax losses and reengineer public services making them digital, sustainable and resilient; 4) Simplified procedures to fund sustainable local infrastructure.5) Dedicated facilities and legal arrangements to support for SMEs, tourism, culture.6) A rural inclusion plan to boost innovation, entrepreneurship and connectivity in rural areas.Contact:President's Spokesperson:Michele CerconeTel. +32 (0)498 98 23 [email protected]'s block ads! (Why?)

Η άχρηστη πληροφορία της ημέρας

Οι άνθρωποι έχουμε τους λεγόμενους «ιδρωτοποιούς» αδένες σχεδόν σε κάθε επιφάνεια του δέρματός μας. Οι γάτες ιδρώνουν μόνο στις πατούσες τους, με τον ιδρώτα να εκλύεται στην επιφάνεια του δέρματος, να εξατμίζεται και στη συνέχεια να τις δροσίζει. ΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GR Let's block ads! (Why?)

To viral βίντεο με τον «ιπτάμενο» καφέ που έπαιζε παράλληλα με τις δηλώσεις του Βαρβιτσιώτη στο BBC

Virial έχει γίνει ένα βίντεο που έπαιζε παράλληλα με τη συνέντευξη του Μιλτιάδη Βαρβιτσιώτη στο BBC και δείχνει έναν... ιπτάμενο καφέ. Την ώρα που στο βρετανικό κανάλι μιλούσε ο αναπληρωτής υπουργός Εξωτερικών, Μιλτιάδης Βαρβιτσιώτης στο δίπλα παράθυρο έπαιζε ένα βίντεο από την πρώτη ημέρα λειτουργίας των καταστημάτων εστίασης στη χώρα μας. Το εν λόγω βίντεο έδειχνε τον υπάλληλο της καφετέριας να προσπαθεί να σερβίρει τον πελάτη κρατώντας αρκετή απόσταση. Ο καφές τελικά έπεσε και κατέληξε στα πόδια του πελάτη. Το βίντεο έγινε αμέσως viral στο διαδίκτυο με τους χρήστες να σχολιάζουν: «Έτσι θα σερβίρουν τον καφέ στην εποχή του κορονοϊού» αλλά και: «Έτσι θα κερδίσουμε την μάχη με τον τουρισμό». ΚΑΝΤΕ LIKE ΣΤΟ NEWSBEAST.GR Let's block ads! (Why?)

Food Safety During a Pandemic: An Expert Weighs In

Food Safety During a Pandemic: An Expert Weighs In Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine shared an article on food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, and you might want to check out some of their tips. May 26, 2020 Food safety continues to be a main topic of conversation within during the COVID-19 era. With delivery services, restaurants beginning to reopen and a number of meat plants (in the U.S. and Canada) dealing with outbreaks among their workers, it is no wonder concerns about food safety on behalf of employers, retailers and consumers are flying. Ebrahim Noroozi, food scientist and occupational health and safety specialist with McGill’s Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, shared his findings with Canadian Occupational Safety (COS): “While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in US has not found evidence that COVID-19 has been transmitted through meat or poultry, public health officials have said that coronavirus strains can live at live and freezing temperatures on food packaging. And so much about the risks of COVID-19 are uncertain and evolving that companies need to be on their toes.” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reduced the number of inspections during the outbreak, but that does not limit the liability of executives if outbreaks (of COVID-19, salmonella, E-coli or other) reach the consumer. Recently, the Canadian government released guidance for manufacturers, including those operating in the food sector, on how to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19 in workers in these environments. Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) have made many resources available online, including PPE best practices, employee re-integration for larger groups and guidelines for workers’ psychological health and safety. Let's block ads! (Why?)