Published by Mara Juneau
Published on May 23, 2017
The Ionizing Radiation Standards group at the NRC today announced the discovery of an important historical artefact. It was a typical scenario: two NRC researchers were going through an old cupboard of equipment and came across a prototype ionization chamber dating from the 1970s. However, it was not the radiation detector that caught their attention, it was the storage container that got them really excited!
Yes indeed, it is a 50-year-old Kleenex box! More specifically, it’s a 50-year-old Kleenex box marking Canada’s centennial:
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a piece of our country’s heritage that maybe even the Canadian Museum of History doesn’t own! It seems appropriate that it was unearthed just in time for Canada’s 150!
Whether the radiation detector is of any use or interest is yet to be determined.
Malcolm McEwen and Alexandra Bourgouin, NRC, Ottawa, Canada
The COMP Annual Scientific Meeting is coming to Ottawa July 12-15, home to Canada’s Museum of Science and Technology (also due to re-open in 2017, but only later in the year). We thought it would be fun to try to tie the two things together by running a competition to see what museum pieces are still out there in clinics across Canada.
The rules for this competition are quite simple:
Please send your documentary evidence (not your equipment, just yet) to:
Malcolm McEwen, Ionizing Radiation Standards, National Research Council
1200 Montreal Rd, Ottawa, ON, K1A0R6