Lots of reading material this summer
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Here are just a few (highly condensed) items.
1. Last month, the first issue (an attractive 154-page volume) of
Andre Maisseu's "International Journal of LOW DOSE" appeared, with
a 33-page review of Maurice Tubiana "The effect of low doses: The
validity of LNT" as opening article, and many good contributions
by Philippe Duport, Kazu Sakai and others. It also announces the
"Marie-Curie-Prize" annually given for the best research work on low
dose radiation effects, and the "3rd Internat. Conf. on the Effects of
Low and Very Low Doses on Human Health" to take place in Tehran/Iran
Oct. 21-23 of this year. Apparently there are already many good contri-
butions for this Versailles/Dublin follow-up conference. Andre also
plans another new "Internat. J. of Nuclear Knowledge Management".
2. The first issue of another important journal "Internat. J. NONLINEARITY
in Biology, Toxicology, Medicine", edited by Ed Calabrese, also appeared
last month, and I had the honor to be the author of the first article
(residential radon as a test for LNT). Other articles by B. R. Scott,
Liu and others also dealt with radiation hormesis.
3. A new journal "Radioproteccao" is published by the Portuguese Radiation
Protection Society, with the articles almost all in English. In the latest
issue, you can find interesting articles on the radiological Chernobyl
effects by Hill and Hille, on LNT, and a book review which I wrote, and
which appeared at the same time in the German/Swiss "Strahlenschutzpraxis".
4. The latest issue "Hormesis: Environmental and Biomedical Perspectives"
of "Crit. Rev. in TOXICOLOGY", edited by Ed Calabrese and Linda Baldwin (33,
3/4, 2003) also makes most interesting reading, even if only few articles
(e.g. by Shu-Zheng Liu on radiation hormesis in the immune system) deal
specifically with radiation. But it is pleasant to read (p. 419) that
0.7 g ethanol per kg (whatever that may be in pints of beer per stone
of your weight in imperial units!) doubles the blood testosterone level.
5. Some "News from Old Europe" have been voiced last month during the
Annual Meeting of the German Nuclear Society, attended by about 1.000
experts, mostly from Europe. On the positive side, we learned that again
8 of the ten top-performing nuclear power plants (including the best three)
were German; that the Swiss in a recent vote clearly endorsed nuclear
power; and that Finland will soon order a new NPP (we hope an EPR!). On
the other hand, our government still continues to block ready-to-go
repositories (Gorleben for high, and Konrad for low-level waste), and to
support economically and ecologically damaging windmills and other
Best regards! Klaus
Klaus Becker, Boothstr. 27, D-12207 Berlin