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UC San Diego researchers concluded that 400 billion neutrons were released per square meter surface of the cooling pools at Fukushima Daiichi





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By zozzlhandler on 8/16/2011 8:23:12 PM , Rating: 3
Its not what you don't know that gets you, its the things you do know that just aint so.

I would not be nearly so sure that no radiation is healthy. There is evidence that a small level of radiation is beneficial to health. This would certainly make sense from an evolutionary point of view, since we evolved in a medium that included radiation.


By nmrahde on 8/17/2011 8:43:45 PM , Rating: 2
Some radiation is not just healthy, it's damn near necessary.

Our skin uses UV radiation to manufacture Vitamin D. There's actually a bunch of recent studies claiming that kids aren't getting ENOUGH radiation as nobody goes outside anymore.

Granted in a higher dose it can and will kill you. However this is true for pretty much everything from water to a 57 Studebaker.

Interesting side note for those not in the know - did you know the human body is naturally radioactive itself? Most of this comes from Potassium-40 (if I recall correctly). Apparently Potassium sometimes breaks down into this radioactive isotope.

Fun science experiment - fill your suitcase with bananas (or better yet, Brazil nuts) the next time you fly. The amount of Potassium-40 contained in a whole suitcase full should be enough to set off the airport's radiation detectors... :D


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