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Los Alamos Scientists Train Ukrainian Counterparts

U.S. scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory were in Ukraine in August and September to help scientists there improve radioactive material tracking methods, the Albuquerque Tribune reported yesterday (see GSN, Nov. 5).

During their visit, the U.S. scientists taught their Ukrainian colleagues how to use new equipment capable of measuring different types of radioactive material, according to the Tribune.

“This expertise helps in the same way that an accountant in a bank helps prevent theft by knowing how much money the bank expects to have,” said Los Alamos scientist Doug Reilly. “If you don’t account for your money in a bank, and somebody walks out with it, you probably won’t know it’s happened” (Sue Vorenberg, Albuquerque Tribune, Dec. 2).

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