27 May '16, 7pm

For the Well-Dressed Atomic Worker, an Inflatable Suit

For the Well-Dressed Atomic Worker, an Inflatable Suit

Photo: Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images At an industrial exhibition to promote atomic energy in West Berlin in 1954, the U.S. government demonstrated an inflatable polyethylene suit, designed to shield workers in nuclear power plants from radiation. If it looks as though the suit also rendered the wearer invisible, that’s because there was nobody inside the suit when this photo was taken. Photo: Getty Images Power Suit: Engineer Homer Moulthorp demonstrates one of the inflatable polyethylene suits he invented to protect workers at nuclear power plants. The suit’s inventor, Homer Moulthorp, patented this “method of conducting a person between a safe region and a dangerous region .” [pdf] Workers at a General Electric plutonium-processing plant in Richland, Wash., used the suit, but they still had to don a gas mask, gloves, and other protective wear while inside the inflated encl...

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SMRT worker jolted by 750-volt electric shock

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straitstimes.com 27 May '16, 12am

A rail worker survived a 750-volt electrical shock yesterday in what appeared to be another serious safety lapse at SMRT. ...

On Second Try, NASA Manages to Blow Up Inflatable ISS Module

On Second Try, NASA Manages to Blow Up Inflatab...

spectrum.ieee.org 28 May '16, 10pm

On Thursday, astronauts on board the International Space Station were scheduled to spend about 45 minutes inflating the BE...