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Isotopes & Radiation
Members are devoted to applying nuclear science and engineering technologies involving isotopes, radiation applications, and associated equipment in scientific research, development, and industrial processes. Their interests lie primarily in education, industrial uses, biology, medicine, and health physics. Division committees include Analytical Applications of Isotopes and Radiation, Biology and Medicine, Radiation Applications, Radiation Sources and Detection, and Thermal Power Sources.
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Climate change needs an Operation Warp Speed
The government of the United States should throw its muscle behind ramping up a mammoth, rapid rollout of all forms of renewable energy through Operation Warp Speed, similar to what is being done with COVID-19, Clive Thompson writes in an Ideas column for Wired.
The rollout should include energy sources that we already know how to build—like solar and wind — but also experimental emerging sources such as geothermal and small nuclear, and cutting-edge forms of energy storage or transmission.
Challenge: Ensure continuous availability of radioisotopes.
How: Develop a dependable technical approach to ensure the continued availability of radioisotopes — including rare, short-lived, less available radionuclides for medical, energy, research (aerospace, nondestructive analysis), and national security applications.
Background: U.S. domestic production of key radioactive and stable isotopes has significantly diminished, leaving patients and industry vulnerable to disruptions of our mostly foreign supply. New diagnostic and therapeutic agents are not being developed due to the lack of a reliable isotope supply, and difficult investment and regulatory climates.
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