Could Small American Nuclear Reactors Alleviate Future Medical Isotope Shortages?

OSU’s TRIGA Mark II nuclear reactor is capable of producing small amounts of medical radioisotopes. These radioisotopes are incredibly important in millions of diagnostic and therapeutic medical procedures annually. The world experienced a massive shortage of such radioisotopes in 2009-2010 when 2/5 of the world’s reactors supplying the isotopes became inactive for an extended period of time. This strongly affected the US because one of the inactive reactors previously supplied much of the US. Currently, the world requires better contingencies for these inevitable situations. While the US currently supplies none of the world’s radioisotopes (the US government, unlike in other countries, does not subsidize the production of medical isotopes), our small reactors (such as the one at OSU) may be helpful in abating future shortages....

Corvallis Weekly Joins The Advocate

Corvallis Weekly Independent devotees encountered news of the newspaper's own with this Tuesday’s publication; a decision by the newspaper to shift its effo...
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Too White to Get It

The recent Oregon ban on high school sports team mascots, such as the “Braves” and “Chiefs,” is causing a lot of uproar. While Native American activists are cal...

Vivi’s Lust and Love: The Clitoral Truth

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Calendar: May 24 – May 31

Thursday May 24 “Endless Crisis: North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine and Nuclear Proliferation,” Construction and Engineering Hall, LaSel...

New Issue: May 17th, 2012

In This Issue of The Corvallis Advocate…   Confessions of a Pharmacy Store Clerk Can We Save the Northern Spotted Owl by Killing Barred Ow...
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Confessions of a Pharmacy Store Clerk

I think people really take for granted how much trust is needed at the pharmacy. We're comforted by the idea that the Pharmacist at the store is trained, with y...

Dr. Oz: Genius or Generic?

In a day and age where medical knowledge is at the touch of a button, we are exposed to a variety of contradictions in medical opinions. Even worse, people floc...

Bully: You’re on Your Own, Kids

If the message of Bully was meant to be “Sorry, kids, but you're on your own,” then Lee Hirsch's documentary did a stellar job. The message rings through loud a...

Water Walk for Ethiopia

Hundreds of local activists are coming together for Water Walk: Ethiopia this Saturday, May 19th. As a symbol of solidarity with our African sister city, Gondar...