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UN nuclear agency helps unlock secrets buried with Egyptian mummies

6 July 2009The United Nations nuclear agency is using its expertise to help archaeologists unearth millennia-old secrets, from the supposed murder of King Tutankhamun to the mysterious death of Great Pharaoh Ramesses II, from Egyptian mummies. Paleoradiology is a type of science using nuclear technologies – including x-rays and neutron activation analysis – to study artifacts, skeletons, mummies and fossils.Rethy Chhem, Director of the Division of Human Health at the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is an expert in that field and said that science allows radiologists to uncover details about mummies, such as their sex, age of death and illnesses.X-rays found that Pharaoh Ramesses II did not, contrary to popular belief, have arthritis of the spine, which Mr. Chhem said is in line with his depiction as a great warrior.The IAEA is helping countries apply nuclear technologies to archaeological study and cultural preservation.The technologies can also be applied to monitoring pesticides in milk and finding answers to a series of sudden deaths of males in north-eastern Thailand, the IAEA said in a press release. read more

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Call for Clean Technologies papers

first_imgEffluent treatment Environmental and economic factors in process design Cleaner mineral processing Pyrometallurgical processes environmentally cleaner Clean technology associated to hydrometallurgical processes Environmental improvements in electrometallurgy Waste disposal and rehabilitation of tailing dams New cleaner separation technologies Acid mine drainage control 10. Biotechnologies and biochemical processes 11. New trends in waste water treatment 12. Treatment of cyanide containing effluents 13. Arsenic and sulphate ions removal 14. Removal of pollutants by flotationSolid waste disposal Treatment of high arsenic copper concentrates Smelter gas handling systems Environmental Improvements in smelting and slag treatment Advances in cleaner processes Land rehabilitation Pollutant removal in waste water Arsenic abatement in aqueous streams Biological wastewater treatment technology Recycling and metals recovery from mine wastes Technologies for water and energy efficient usage Reduction of greenhouse gases Environmental regulations for the mining industry MiscellaneousDEADLINES Final papers submission April 13 – 16, 2008 Notifiation to authors December 17, 2007 Comments to authors February 28, 2008 The VIII International Conference on Clean Technologies for the World Mining Industry is to be held April 13 to 16, 2008 in Santiago, Chile, during EXPOMIN 2008 (www.expomin.cl www.ctwmi.com). For more information, please contact: info@ctwmi.com  Abstracts up to 500-word should be sent before August 31, 2007 to one of the following:Armando Valenzuelaavalenzuela@alprospecta.cl América Latina ProspectaTel: 56 – 2 – 2325418Fax: 56 – 2 – 2340649Mario Sánchezmsanchez@udec.cl Universidad de ConcepciónTel: 56 – 41 – 2204202Fax: 56 – 41 – 2523591Please send the abstracts using MS Word format, including title (less than 150 characters), author’s full name, position, company or institution, business address, city, country, telephones, e-mail and indicating topic as shown in the list. If the abstract is accepted, a full paper in English (up to 12 pages) must be send before December 17, 2007. The official conference languages are Spanish and English. Written papers and Power Point presentations must be done in English, while oral presentations could be presented in Spanish and English.TOPICS Abstract submission October 01, 2007 Full paper submission January 28, 2008 last_img read more

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