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Japanese Air Filter Test Results

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Recently, a friend of mine sent me a series of samples from Japan. He, my friend, lives in Japan and obtained these samples at some personal risk. I have started the process of testing each of the many samples using gamma spectroscopy and other techniques. I will be posting my results for each sample as I test them, which may take time given my busy work schedule.

Sample J-F is an air filter from an apartment AC/heater (shown below).
J-F Sample in original bag from Japan. Note the "Hello Kitty" on the bag.

As you can see, the analysis did detect a possible 85 Krypton contaminant, as well as other curious spikes. Please take a look and see what information you can detect from this spectrum and the accompanying data.

AC/Heater Paper Filter Sample J-F From Saga City, Saga Prefecture

AC/Heater Paper Filter Sample J-F From Saga City, Saga Prefecture

Full Report – Edited for public release
Spectrum Peak Report
Spectrum Data Report

Geiger Counters 101 — The Basics, Part One

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Part one of the Geiger Counters 101 series, by Anti-Proton.com, covers the basic history, usage, and aspects of Geiger Counters. The following topics are covered in the first part:

The history of the Geiger-Mueller tube
Basic Geiger tube concepts
New Geiger counter? What do you do?
Taking a baseline/background reading
various tips and tricks.

There are no prerequisites other than you have an interest in radiation and Geiger counters.

Five things to remember:
(1) Always use CPM (Counts per minute) unless you are calibrated for the specific, known, element and radiation source you are detecting.
(2) There are four common ionizing radiation types: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and X-Ray.
(3) A Geiger Counter which is turned off detects NOTHING. Keep your unit on and stay informed.
(4) You cannot check too slowly. Do not rush your examinations of objects.
(5) Identify and monitor your baselines. A reading without a baseline is of little use.


Radioactive Rain in Virginia?

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Radioactive Rain in Virginia?

I have been monitoring radiation in my area since before Fukashima and my background has always been between 7-18 around my apartment. My monitoring location, in my apartment, has been a steady 14 CPM average for months now. A few days ago I registered readings of 33 CPM, and now for the last 24 hours I have been reading elevated readings too.

Very interesting.

For a 24 hour day, an average changing by even 1 CPM is significant. The reason is that there are 1440 minutes in one day and they are added and averaged. Total_daily_counts / 1440 = average CPM.

Here are some of my results for just the last two days
The first few pages are showing you my nice 14 CPM baseline. The last are from the rain.

Tasty Food – Good For You Too!

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Here are some wonderful food choices for the health conscious conosur.

(I am getting a new camera soon. This was from my Iphone… go figure)

Annie Chun’s Noodle Bowls
Annie Chun’s Rice Express
Annie Chun’s Sushi Wraps
Healthy Valley Organic Tomato Bisque
Dr. McDougall’s Split Pea Soup
Random package of Udon noddles!


Sushi – Not actually raw fish…

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Yeah… I’m eating it on my bed…. wanna fight about it…?

I love sushi but I always have to remind people that it doesn’t have to have raw fish. Interestingly, sushi means “vinigared rice” and not raw fish. It happens to be that raw fish is nearly always added as a source of protine, but consider the people who created sushi… The Japanese live on an island and migrated from the south of Asia where tasty fish is quite common in shallow waters, and easy to obtain. Adding fish to Sushi provided protine!!!

I enjoy sushi perhaps once a week, but remember not to eat too much due to the methylmercury!!! Mercury, a nasty little silvery metal which flows like water at room temprature, builds up in fishies!!! The result is damage to unborn children, harm to the brain, and in large amounts, necrosis and death!!!!!!  <– additional explaimations for severity…

Most methyl mercury comes from nature, but people add lots too. Just don’t eat more than 6oz/week of fish and try to eat fish not at the top of the food chain… they eat the most other fish.