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11/17/2011 02:32 PM EST
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krisi
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krisi   8/17/2012 4:36:34 PM
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Given low enough price point (under $200) there will be millions units sold worldwide, "everyone" will need one when the next nuclear plant malfunctions...a major nuclear plant disaster is happening every 10 years or so, minor ones on a annual basis so it is only a question of time before we see the next Fukushima...Kris

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dennishobson   8/17/2012 4:01:50 PM
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is that going to be aproduct for large sales? i dont really see that beeing so usefull if not in warzoner or something like that,, or near nuclear plants. http://www.concessionaria-hyundai.com.br

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Vince Mazur   11/26/2011 6:57:47 AM
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Kris, to elaborate, my comment was intended to imply that relative to the other nuclear disasters the proximity to large populations and companies involved in exporting is distinctively larger.

krisi
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krisi   11/25/2011 6:54:04 PM
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thank you Vince for an interesting perspective...EDA sales professional embarking on PRM device design!...I was intrgued by your statement "the proximity of the event to the large population are understated in the Fukushima incident"...would you mind elaborating on this topic? Kris

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Vince Mazur   11/25/2011 6:42:12 PM
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The case for Personal Radiation Measurement (PRM), as I call it, has been in place for quite some time for a variety of reasons outside of catastrophic events like Fukushima. For example, metal imported from India in the buttons of French elevators were found to contain radiation above the legal limit back in 2008. Radiation can be in virtually anything that comes out of the ground. Combine this reality with the global supply channel and people are likely being exposed to radiation (most of which is probably not harmful) without their knowledge. This was my rationale over three years ago, while working full time as an EDA sales professional, that I embarked on a weekend project to develop a device to detect, measure and monitor ionizing radiation. Today, the PRM-8000 Geiger counter is a US-made, commercial product used in Japan. The exporting nature of Japan and the proximity of the event to the large population are understated in the Fukushima incident. This event will have considerably different ramifications outside of the local zone, relative to TMI or Chernobyl.

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Max The Magnificent   11/21/2011 3:56:26 PM
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This reminds me of that Geiger Counter kit I build and the problems I had getting the little scamp to actually count -- check out my blog with a video of it eventually counting and also links to other blogs and articles describing what it took to get this working (http://bit.ly/tSvC5w)

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Mike50   11/21/2011 1:14:41 PM
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Radon gas decays into alpha particles. A special geiger counter is needed to measure these larger particles.

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resistion   11/20/2011 4:21:02 PM
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Some of these radioisotopes are slow decayers - that's what makes them so insidious. Would they produce a strong enough signal within a short observation time?

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Edward Thermals   11/18/2011 1:23:40 PM
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Hello Junko, with so many engineering types on these web sites, I can't see why all of us can't come up with a usable detector that in time, would have reduced positives. We all wish you and your fellow citizens well. The "The Fukushima 50" are all very brave people to continue to go in. Ed

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junko.yoshida   11/17/2011 11:43:14 PM
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I totally understand the perils of false positives. What we all need to understand, however, is the tremendous pressure and worries many of people in Fukushima and elsewhere are under these days. You can choose to believe that your government is doing a great job gathering accurate data. But how much of it is actually being released to public? And who knows how many “micro hot spots” exist in a radius between the designated public radiation monitoring systems? To add the context to this personal Geiger counter movement, please read the following blog of mine: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-blogs/other/4230717/Forget--Occupy-Wall-Street--time-to--Abandon-Fukushima-

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