OSU Develops Portable Radiation Detector

CORVALLIS, Ore. —  Nuclear engineers at Oregon State University have developed a breakthrough radiation detector that is small, portable and inexpensive. Abi Farsoni, an associate professor of nuclear engineering at OSU says the devices tell what kind of radiation is around those wearing them, how much, and if it’s a health risk, according to findings published … Continue reading »

Testing the Waters

FLORENCE, Ore. — It’s been more than three years since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. After all that time, there are still concerns leaked radiation is washing up on Oregon’s beaches. In March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit a hundred miles off the coast of Japan. It was Japan’s largest quake … Continue reading »

Researchers Not Worried about Radiation

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers at Oregon State University say two and a half years after the Fukushima nuclear spill, they are not seeing any negative effects on the West Coast. Kathryn Higley, a professor and the Department Head of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University says her team has been monitoring … Continue reading »

Local Cancer Resource Center Celebrates

EUGENE, Ore. — Volunteers from the American Cancer Society celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Cancer Resource Center Friday. The center, located in the Willamette Cancer Institute, is open to anyone in the Eugene area battling cancer. The center consists of a room full of resources and the Believe Boutique, both staffed by volunteers. Cancer … Continue reading »

New Radiation Machine at Cancer Center

EUGENE, Ore. — Western Oregon cancer patients have a new tool to fight the disease: a $2.3 million radiation machine. With technology rapidly changing, the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute felt the need to upgrade its radiation equipment. It wasn’t cheap, but one doctor says in the short amount of time since the purchase, even patients … Continue reading »

Small Traces of Radiation Found in Tuna

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have found minute traces of radiation in albacore tuna caught off the West Coast. The scientists emphasized that the radiation levels are well below anything that would pose a risk to humans who consume the fish. “We’re still processing new … Continue reading »