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Reconstructing the Jewish legacy in the Azores through the study of their Sepher Torahs - C2TN at Açoriano Oriental Magazine

AçorianoOriental Fev2020Researchers from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, C2TN and Universidade de Évora and José de Mello, the director of the Hebrew Museum Sahar Hassamaim, in the frame of the ERIHS.PT Platform were in in Ponta Delgada (Açores), to characterize a set of Sepher Torah and other documents from the Hebrew Museum Sahar Hassamaim and the Public Library and Archive Regional.
Using portable equipment from the MOLAB-PT infrastructure, the study encompasses the characterization of the parchment (origin of the skin), the inks used (mostly iron-gall inks) and the evaluation of the state of conservation. The results obtained will be helpful to contextualize these Sepher Torahs and, in a future, to ascertain the origin of similar objects.
The Torahs were brought by Sephardic Jews families who migrated from Morocco to the Azores at the beginning of the XIX century. This Jewish community settled in Azores played a relevant role for the commercial, artistic and religious development of the Islands. These families founded the Sahar Hassamain-Synagogue in 1836, and nowadays is the oldest Portugal’s synagogues built after the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian peninsula.

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Population Participates in Study on Air Quality - C2TN at Seixal Boletim Municipal

Fev2020 SeixalIn a collaboration with the Municipality of Seixal, C2TN is conducting a study about air quality in the area of Seixal. This study gathers the chemical characterization of aerosols and also the mapping of air pollutants using biomonitoring techniques (with lichens and strawberries' leaves). The local population was invited to participate in order to show that everyone can have an active role in the monitoring and improvement of air quality.

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Radiation for Science and Society - C2TN at País Positivo Magazine of Semanário Sol

C2TN - Centre for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies of Instituto Superior Técnico - was featured on November's issue of the magazine "País Positivo", distributed with the newspaper "Semanário Sol". The featured article focused several aspects of the research work carried out at the centre in diverse areas that include: health and radiological protection, radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and therapy, air quality and low carbon economy, cultural heritage, earth systems and hydric resources, and advanced materials. In addition to disseminating the basic and applied research, advanced training and scientific and technological activities related to nuclear sciences and technologies taking place at the center, the article attempts to once more demystify the idea that everything related with the nuclear or radiation fields has to have a detrimental effect or pose a threat to society. In fact, on the contrary, these areas give important contributions towards solving many of the scientific and societal problems we are facing these days.

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Tracking down pollution with neutrons – C2TN’s research highlighted by German Research Center

NunoCanha in the media Tracking down pollution with neutrons

A study developed by Nuno Canha, C2TN researcher, in collaboration with researchers of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum in Garching (Germany) was highlighted by the German Research Center with an article entitled “Bad air: Tracking down pollution with neutrons”.

In this study, the impact of charcoal furnaces in the air quality of a Portuguese area was studied using lichens as biomonitors. Samples were sampled and prepared in Portugal and analysed in the Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (PGAA) facility of the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum in Garching, a collaboration with Dr. Zsolt Revay and Dr. Christian Stieghorst.

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Radiation for Science and Society - C2TN at Pontos de Vista Magazine

C2TN - Centre for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies of Instituto Superior Técnico is featured in the magazine "Pontos de Vista" with an article describing what is done, who does it and what are the plans for the future in the centre.

"The Centre for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies, C2TN, is a research unit created in 2013, located in the Campus Tecnológico e Nuclear of Instituto Superior Técnico. C2TN has a well-defined strategy focused in basic and applied research, advanced training and dissemination of scientific and technological activities related to nuclear sciences and technologies as well as in the provision of specialized services to the community. It is a Center of Reference at national and international level in its areas of expertise with a strong societal impact in Life and Health Sciences, Radiological Protection, Earth Sciences, Environment, Cultural Heritage and Advanced Materials. The “Pontos de Vista” magazine visited a small part of the laboratories of C2TN. Let’s walk through some of the laboratories in each scientific thematic area, guided by C2TN´s researchers. And we ask a question: what is the direct contribution of C2TN activities for science and society?"  Read full article here.

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EURADOS Annual Meeting at Valores Próprios Magazine

Valores próprios composiçãoThe EURADOS Annual Meeting took place last February at the Congress Centre of IST in Lisbon and was co-organised by EURADOS and C2TN. EURADOS is the biggest dosimetry association in Europe and participants from all over Europe were present.
Last edition of Magazine Valores Próprios addressed an issue related to this Meeting.


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Com bisturi, voluntários põem mosaico romano a descoberto

conimbriga w250C2TN researchers integrate the team involved in a collaboration project that aims at cleaning and preserving a 20 meters panel from the ancient roman city Conimbriga. The joint coordination of the project integrates Dr. Luís M. Ferreira from C2TN, Dr. Virgílio Hipólito from the Museu Monográfico de Conimbriga and Professor João Coroado from Polytechnic Institute of Tomar. The Roman Mosaic in study had already been found in the 50’s, but was kept buried for its preservation. It is now being literally brought to light as a partnership effort in which C2TN plays a part. The mosaic must go through a process of cleaning and our C2TN researchers will contribute with their expertise and access to nuclear and radiation technologies for the characterization of the native materials and the preparation of a new hybrid material with biocide activity which can be used alone or integrated as a component in the consolidation mortars in use. Within C2TN, this work is developed under the framework of an IAEA project, RomanRad (F23032/RC18982), led by the researcher Luís M. Ferreira and as part of the PhD work from the PhD student Alexandra Rodrigues, enrolled in the doctoral program on Conservation and Restoration CORES from FCT-UNL.

More info on this link (In Portuguese).