• Short Summary

    BECAUSE OF THE RESUMPTION OF NUCLEAR TESTING BY RUSSIA, THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL RESEARCH CENTRE HAS ORGANISED A ROUND-THE-CLOCK WATCH FOR AN INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF RADIO-ACTIVE FALL-OUT OVER NEW YORK CITY.

  • Description

    1.
    CU SIGN "NEW YORK UNIVERSITY"
    0.03

    2.
    CU ROOF FILTER
    0.05

    3.
    CU GLASS ON ROOF
    0.08

    4.
    SV MAN COLLECTS
    0.11

    5.
    CUDITTO
    0.16

    6.
    SV DITTO
    0.22

    7.
    CUFILTER IS TESTED
    0.27

    8.
    CU DIRTY FILTER & CLEAN FILTER TESTED
    0.30

    9.
    CU DITTO, 2 SHOTS, COUNTER & READING
    0.37

    10.
    CU LAB WORKER PUTS MILK INTO BEAKER
    0.40

    11.
    SV TESTS MILK INTO CONTAINER
    0.45

    12.
    CU MAN
    0.53

    13.
    CU MAN SWITHCES CONTROLS
    0.55

    14.
    CU SCREEN WITH READINGS
    1.00

    15.
    CU READINGS ON GRAPH
    1.04

    16.
    SV & CU..WOMAN BEING TESTED WITH CRYSTAL
    1.12

    17.
    CU SCREEN
    1.16

    18.
    SV WOMAN IN CHAIR
    1.21

    19.
    SV MAN AT CONTROLS REMOVES READING
    1.31



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    Background: BECAUSE OF THE RESUMPTION OF NUCLEAR TESTING BY RUSSIA, THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL RESEARCH CENTRE HAS ORGANISED A ROUND-THE-CLOCK WATCH FOR AN INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF RADIO-ACTIVE FALL-OUT OVER NEW YORK CITY. THIS IS PART OF A NATION-WIDE PROGRAMME OF CONTINUOUS INTENSIVE SURVEILLANCE.

    ON THE ROOF OF THE 14-STOREY UNIVERSITY BUILDING A VACUUM DEVICE DRAWS AIR THROUGH A FILTER, AND ONCE A DAY A MEMBER OF THE RESEARCH TEAM COLLECTS THE FILTER FOR CHECKING WITH A GEIGER COUNTER. SO FAR, NO APPRECIABLE INCREASE HAS BEEN RECORDED.

    THE CITY'S MILK SUPPLY IS SIMILARLY TESTED. A SCINTILLATOR CRYSTAL ABSORBS RADIATION FROM THE MILK AND CONVERTS IT INTO LIGHT RAYS WHICH ACTIVATE ELECTRICAL IMPULSES ON AN ANALYSER. A WOMAN'S THYROID GLAND IS TESTED IN THE SAME WAY. THIS IS THE GLAND SINGULARLY AFFECTED BY IODINE 131 - A FALL-OUT PRODUCT. COWS PICK IT UP FROM THE GRASS, AND TRANSFER IT TO THE MILK. RADIATION, FORTUNATELY FOR US BUT UNFORTUNATE FOR THE COW, IS ASSIMILATED INTO THE COW'S BONES. AFFECTED THYROID GLANDS COULD RESULT IN NUTATIONS OF FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA6VC9GQXEWS55ZKNAZYGL2HFA
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6VC9GQXEWS55ZKNAZYGL2HFA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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