The Big Secret in the Academy Is That Most Research Is Secret

December 5, 2023
research paper
science, history, politics, radiation

The dangerous rift between open and classified research. # By Kate Brown In 1987, a year after the Chernobyl accident, the US Health Physics Society met in Columbia, Maryland. Health physicists are scientists who are responsible for radiological protection at nuclear power plants, nuclear weapons plants, and hospitals. They are called on in cases of nuclear accidents. The conference’s keynote speaker came from the Department of Energy (DOE); the title of his talk drew on a sports analogy: “Radiation: The Offense and the Defense. ...