• Short Summary

    ARGENTINA'S NEW ATOMIC CENTRE WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED IN BUENOS AIRES LAS WEEK. IT IS PART?

  • Description

    ARGENTINA'S NEW ATOMIC CENTRE WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED IN BUENOS AIRES LAS WEEK. IT IS PART OF AN AMBITIOUS NUCLEAR PROGRAMME DESIGNED FOR THE COUNTRY. IT WILL BE USED FOR STUDIES IN MEDICINE AND AGRICULTURE, AND LATER, TO PROVIDE THERMAL POWER.

    ARGENTINA IS THE SECOND COUNTRY (AFTER BRAZIL) IN SOUTH AMERICA, TO HAVE DEVELOPED NUCLEAR POWER FOR PEACEFUL USES. THE OVERALL NUCLEAR PROGRAMME WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED EARLIER THIS YEAR WHEN A 5,000 KILOWATT REACTOR WENT INTO OPERATION. THE REACTOR FORMED THE FOCAL POINT OF THE NEW ATOMIC CENTRE, WHICH WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED LAST WEEK.

    SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK PLANNED AT THE CENTRE IS THE USE OF NUCLEAR POWER TO ELIMINATE WASTAGE IN AGRICULTURE.

    THE CENTRE IS NOW BEAMING A CONSTANT FLOW OF NEUTRONS TO PRODUCE ISOTOPES OF NON-RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES SUCH AS IODINE, PHOSPHOROUS, OSDIUM AND GOLD. THE ISOTOPES ARE USED IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS.

    THEY PREVENT STORED POTATOES FROM SPROUTING, AND ELIMINATE INSECT CONTAMINATION OF GRAIN. SENOR JOSE LUIS ALEGRIA, PLANNING ENGINEER OF THE ATOMIC CENTRE COMMITTEE, SAID THAT THEY WILL ALSO BE USED TO MAKE MAIZE IMMUNE TO GRAIN PESTS AND ROT, SAVING THE COUNTRY AS ESTIMATED GBP8,300,000 STERLING (ABOUT 20,000,000 U.S. DOLLARS) A YEAR.

    CATTLE BLOOD, OF WHICH 90% IS AT PRESENT WASTED FOLLOWING THE SLAUGHTER OF THE ANIMALS, WILL BE SALVAGED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION AND INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES, THROUGH THE USE OF ISOTOPES.

    ARGENTINA FIRST PRODUCED ISOTOPES IN 1958, WITH AN EXPERIMENTAL -KILO-WATT REACTOR. SHE NOW PLANS TO EXPORT ISOTOPES AS AND WHEN THESE BECOME AVAILABLE.

    RESEARCH IS STILL GOING ON TO DISCOVER MORE POTENTIAL USES OF SOME ISOTOPES, BUT THEY ARE ALREADY BEING USED WIDELY IN MANY FIELDS. SENOR ALEGRIA ESTIMATES THAT ABOUT 2,000 PHYSICIANS HAVE BEEN LICENSED TO HANDLE RADIO ISOTOPES IN ARGENTINA, IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE, WHILE SOME 3,500 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO USE THEM IN INDUSTRIAL AND AGRICULTURAL FIELDS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAK4N0XXH9KZPC4OZF25AWGX9V
    Media URN:
    VLVAAK4N0XXH9KZPC4OZF25AWGX9V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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