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The residents of Fremont neighborhood in Seattle Washington, witnessed the installation of a 16 feet, bronze statue of V. I. Lenin in June of 1995. The statue, which had formerly gazed upon the city of Poprad in Slovakia, had been purchased for $13,000 in 1993 by a local English teacher Lewis Carpenter, who came upon it in a scrap heap during his stay in Poprad. The ensuing debates that filled the local papers, questioned the appropriateness of the statue in the heart of Seattle's liberal business sector. What did it mean, they wondered, to have the leader of the October Revolution stride towards the fast food restaurant, Taco Del Mar. My paper argues that the reactivation of the monument's political meaning in Seattle was only possible because it moved outside the traditional channels of the museum and its protective walls.

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The report considers the results of the development of the automated technique for simultaneous, multielement activation analysis of plants and fertilizers for the macronutrient elements N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Cl, and Si. On the basis of analytical procedures, algorithms and software developed, the first automatic (computer based) installation for multielement analyses of plants and fertilizers has been completed and is in routine use in the agrochemical and plant breeding research program at Soviet Union. The proposed technique together with the full automatic real time process of measurement and processing of data by computer, provides a throughput of 250–500 samples (1250–2500 elements determinations) per 8-hour shift, with the accuracy of ±3% for N and ±5–10% for P, K, Mg, Cl and ±15% for Ca.

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Nowadays the PUREX process is the sole accepted reprocessing technique. Its boundary conditions change all the time: former metallic low burnup fuels have been replaced by present ceramic oxide fuels with high burnups, and tomorrow fast breeder fuels with high plutonium contents will have to be processed. In addition, more and more restrictive conditions are being imposed upon waste treatment and more and more stringent safety regulations are being felt. Within these constraints this report presents a survey of the results of recent developments in process technology and gives some reference to the importance of process analytical statements with respect to plant operation. Moreover, recommendations are made for the installation and design of analytical laboratories and some experiences are communicated in the field of process analytical chemistry.

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The Research Reactor Center (CRPQ) of IPEN/CNEN-SP operates the IEA-R1 Research Reactor, at a nominal power of 2 MW thermal, on a 64 hour per week continuous cycle. The IEA-R1 is a pool type reactor, moderated and cooled by light water, with graphite as a reflector. One of the main activities of CRPQ is the neutron activation analysis, which is applied to many fields of research, in collaboration with other institutes and universities. The Research Reactor installations are also intensely used for human resources development in the field of radiochemistry and neutron activation analysis, at graduate and post-graduate levels. In the present paper, an overview will be presented of some of the neutron activation analysis research lines that are being developed, comprising environmental and health-related applications.

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The Figueira coal-fired power plant (CFPP) is among the Brazilian CFPP which presents higher uranium concentration. Gamma-ray spectrometry was used to determine 238U, 226Ra, 210Pb, 232   Th and 40K contents in pulverized coal, furnace bottom ash and fly ash samples. The natural radionuclide concentrations in pulverized coal ranged from 813 to 2609 Bq . kg-1 for U series and from 22 to 40 Bq . kg-1 for 232   Th. The fly ash fraction gave concentrations ranging from 1442 to 14641 Bq . kg-1, for uranium series. The same enrichment factor was observed for 238U, 226Ra and 232   Th. Only 210Pb and stable Pb presented a high enrichment factor for the last stage filter fly ash. The concentration of the uranium series found in the ashes is close to the limit adopted by the Brazilian guideline (CNEN-NN-4.01).22 Therefore, it is advisable to evaluate the environmental impact of the installation.

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The first aim of our research is to calculate the solar irradiance on roofs assuming clear sky and real (climatologically typical) conditions, respectively, and compare them in a densely built inner city study area in Szeged (Hungary). The second aim is to analyse the shading effect of the tree-crowns on the possible solar energy gain of building roofs. The calculation of the climatologically potential solar energy gain based on an empirical atmospheric transmittance (calculated from the measured global radiation values). The results show that in the case of clear sky condition the urban vegetation (tree-crowns) causes significant potential solar energy loss on the roofs, but in the real situations this effect is less significant. These obtained results clearly illustrate how useful tool could be the presented calculation method at the economical and technical planning stage of the installation of solar systems on roofs.

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, Ventilation, Installations, 4 . [6] Darula S. , Kittler R. ( 2002 ), CIE general sky standard defining luminance distributions , Conference: Proc

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] Fiedrich J. ( 2001 ), Dry installation of a radiant floor or wall hydronic heating system, metal radiating plates that attach to the edges of side-by-side boards and provide metal slots for holding hot water

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In conjunction with its 30th anniversary in 2009 the Sóstó Museum Village examined the question of how to move forward. The best solution appears to be to take two directions: on the one hand, strengthening of the professional standard can bring renewal by transferring to the museum types of buildings or installations that have a curiosity value arousing the public’s interest (brandy distillery, soda-water plant, photographic studio, etc.), and on the other hand, strengthening our educational efforts, providing attractions for the public. We had thought that with the implementation of our building transfer plan the construction of the museum village could be regarded as completed, but we found that this was a mistake: there is no such thing as a completed museum, we are constantly faced with new challenges and we can only meet the expectations of the public by strengthening education and entertainment, expanding themes and complex services, and it is only in this way that we can provide a greater feeling of comfort for visitors. But in achieving this we must take care to avoid the danger of commercialisation and the “Disneyland“ effect. The article is about the attainment of this goal.

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Using gamma-spectrometry systems on mobile units with accurate position information is a convenient means for surveying large areas for radioactive fallout or finding hot spots due to misplaced sources or releases from nuclear installations. Traditionally, large (tens of litres) high efficiency NaI(T1) detectors have been used for the purpose. HPGe detectors, however, offer certain advantages which can often compensate for their lower efficiency. This kind of remote sensing, regardless of detector type, requires specialized software. In order to provide accurate position information, the integration times must be kept as short as possible. This is especially true for fast air-borne measurements where counting periods below one second are desirable. We have constructed a special version of SAMPO software which controls data acquisition and runs real-time gamma-spectrum analysis including peak determination, nuclide identification, activity calculations, and reporting. The measurement/analysis cycle can be reduced down to 0.5 seconds on a standard Pentium-based PC. The analysis results are combined with accurate co-ordinates from a differential GPS system on a color coded map. The system is also able to give alarms based on different criteria. We have already measured and analyzed more than 500 000 spectra in field applications using jets, helicopters, cars, and also on-foot.

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