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Centre of Excellence focuses on radiation protection

A newly launched Centre for Radioactivity Research in Ås will investigate methods to improve the shielding of people and the environment from harmful effects of radiation.

The isotope laboratory, located Norwegian University of Life Sciences, will received NOK 15.5 million (€1.9m) from the Research Council of Norway. The money will go mainly towards recruiting scientists to work at the centre.

Over the next few years, researchers are going to study the basic mechanisms behind radiation damage and examine the effects of uranium and other radioactive materials. While it is clear that radiation can be hazardous, too little is known about the basic mechanisms that cause the damage, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences said when announcing the centre.

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