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Space Cuttings

October 23rd, 2009

If you’re looking for Space Cuttings, you will find them here

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New Measurement of the Fe-60 Half-life

October 13th, 2009

This new measurement of the half-life of Fe-60 of 2.6 million years is substantially higher than the previously accepted value of 1.5 million years. These new results are reported by Rugel et al. from the Technical University of Munich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. This rare isotope of iron is of great interest in astrophysics. The cosmic gamma radiation from its daughter nuclide Co-60, provides direct evidence of the existence of Fe-60 and the ongoing nucleosynthesis in interstellar space. The daughter Co-60 further decays to stable Ni-60. The amount of this Ni-60 in meteoric inclusions provides information on the early history of the solar system.

These new results will be taken up in the future 8th Edition of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart.

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Nucleonica wiki problem resolved!

October 8th, 2009

We have had a long standing problem regarding the nucleonica wiki. Many users could not access this. The reason for this was that the wiki was not fully integrated into the Nucleonica IIS server but deployed using an Apache webserver and the “port 81″ (each webserver has its own port number since it is not possible to host different web servers on the same port). Many organisations block this port for security reasons.
We have now migrated the wiki to the IIS server and now both Nucleonica and the Nucleonica wiki have the same port number. The problem is solved.
See previous blogs posts on this topic:
wiki problems again!
Problems with access to the wiki

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1st pan-European recruitment event, “AtomiCareers”, Brussels, 4-5 December 2009

October 5th, 2009

The 1st pan-European recruitment event, named “AtomiCareers” is to be held in Brussels, 4-5 December 2009. This event will be organised by the Careers in Europe Group (CIE), in close cooperation with our European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) Association. The main objective of the event is to provide an opportunity for both students and companies to talk directly on internships and/or job opportunities. The CIE has organised similar events in other fields and would like to launch the one in the nuclear field this year.

The general contents are as follows:
– 4th December in the afternoon, ENEN will organise a panel discussion on nuclear education and career development + a series of workshops by the industries
– 5th December, all participants (students and young professionals) take at least one interview with the industry

CIE expects 10 to 15 European-based major nuclear companies and around 200 participants over Europe + Russia for the event. The main target are
– Master students in a field related to nuclear sciences
– Graduating in 2009, 2010 or 2011
– fluent English + one more European language
Based on the applications, the selection will be arranged by CIE and the participating companies, according to each company’s criteria, and the selected participants will be informed. Since each company has different criteria, bachelor/PhD students or young professionals may apply for the event as well.

This event is free of charge, and free accommodation and travel support will be also granted for 200 participants.

This is an excellent opportunity for students/young professionals to talk directly with the industry and look for future opportunities, as well as for universities to promote it among the major industries. Applications are encouraged to apply (by 31 October 2009) at the CIE website:

If you are interested in receiving the posters or leaflets, please contact Ms. Marie-Hélène Fontaine, CIE (tel +32 2 40 14 839 or 830, Email or Mr. Robin Verschuren (+32 2 40 14 838

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