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Ionising radiation Southern Urals probable source region of ruthenium-106 detected in Europe

The reason for the slight increase in readings of radioactive ruthenium-106 recently detected remains unclear. Most probably, the increase originates from the southern Urals, as suggested by calculations of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, BfS). However, other regions in the South of Russia must still be considered. An accident at a nuclear power plant can be ruled out as a possible cause, since solely ruthenium-106 has been detected. The concentrations of radioactivity in Germany are very low and do therefore pose no hazard to public health.

Ionising radiation Wild mushrooms in parts of Bavaria still contaminated

More than three decades after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, several species of wild mushrooms in parts of Bavaria are still heavily contaminated with radioactive caesium-137, as proven by measurement results published by the BfS. The annually updated report provides information on the caesium-137 contamination available for mushroom pickers. The additional radiation exposure from wild mushrooms is comparatively low, when consumed in normal quantities. There is a limit for wild mushrooms offered in the food trade.

Electromagnetic fields Promising Trend: rising number of low-radiation mobile phones on the market

Shortly before the opening of the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) Berlin, the Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS, Federal Office for Radiation Protection) records a trend towards low-radiation mobile phones. This emerges from a recently updated review by BfS on the radiation values of mobile phones and smartphones comprising 170 new models. The list is also published on the BfS website. The newest update comprises almost 3,000 units from more than 70 producers, also including older models which are no longer produced.

Electromagnetic fields Greater participation in power network expansion

To enable the broadest possible debate about aspects of radiation protection in the expansion of the power network, the BfS has opened up on its website the opportunity to participate in a radiation protection research programme already started as part of the expansion of the power network. Until the middle of September, interested parties have the opportunity of viewing the individual projects within the programme and giving a statement of their position online. This is to be evaluated by the BfS and considered in the further planning of the research programme.

Optical Radiation Closing a gap in the UV measuring network at 2,600 m above sea level

From the North German coasts to the Alps: With the installation of a new measuring station on the Zugspitze mountain, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) ensures that the UV radiation measurements cover all climate zones in Germany without any gaps. The data that can now be collected makes it possible to determine reliable and accurate values for the UV exposure in high mountain regions. This data is important for mountaineers, hikers or skiers so that they are able to protect themselves in the best possible way against UV radiation and the risk of sunburn.


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