Quantitative Understanding of the effects of Radiation Exposure

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    Mar 20, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    An extremely helpful chart from xkcd:

    http://xkcd.com/radiation/
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    Mar 20, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    TigerTim saidAn extremely helpful chart from xkcd:

    http://xkcd.com/radiation/


    good post. Often when it comes up , and it does come up alot in the population in my area about radiation and radiology procedures. These charts help too..

    http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/cancercenter/prevention/preventionradiation.html

    a excerpt from the chart... PAGE DOWN to see useful charts.


    Living in a Brick House Uranium and Thorium 75 mrem/year
    Watching TV Low Energy X-rays 30 mrem/year
    Routine Chest X-ray X-rays 10 mrem/film
    Cooking/Heating with Natural Gas Radon 9 mrem/year

    with LCD the watching TV is likely not relevant anymore.


    Living in a classic brick house is about 7 chest xrays/year.....
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    Mar 20, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    It is a good post.. thanks..

    Hey guys! SLEEPING with someone is dangerous to your health! You are exposed to radiation! (check the chart!) icon_wink.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 20, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidIt is a good post.. thanks..

    Hey guys! SLEEPING with someone is dangerous to your health! You are exposed to radiation! (check the chart!) icon_wink.gificon_rolleyes.gif


    Exactly the opposite conclusion is justified: sleeping with someone exposes you to radiation, but the amount is utterly insignificant relative to every other source your naturally exposed to.
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    Mar 20, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    TigerTim said
    TropicalMark saidIt is a good post.. thanks..

    Hey guys! SLEEPING with someone is dangerous to your health! You are exposed to radiation! (check the chart!) icon_wink.gificon_rolleyes.gif


    Exactly the opposite conclusion is justified: sleeping with someone exposes you to radiation, but the amount is utterly insignificant relative to every other source your naturally exposed to.
    I know that! Thats why I had a grin at the end!
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
    Sleeping next to someone isn't nearly as "dangerous" as seeing a doctor... or using a bananaphone.
    (That's right, bananas emit more - are hotter? - than the real thing....)

    Make love, not bananas.
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    Mar 21, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    I'm really curious about this new jingo-speak called 'dissipation'. It's as if the radiation spewing out from those reactor sites will just evaporate into something inert or harmless. I guess Chrenobyl being Russian radiation is tougher. icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Mar 21, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    meninlove said I'm really curious about this new jingo-speak called 'dissipation'. It's as if the radiation spewing out from those reactor sites will just evaporate into something inert or harmless. I guess Chrenobyl being Russian radiation is tougher. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Not sure where the word was used, but yes, it will "evaporate" (so to speak) into something harmless (or sometimes less harmful first). That's the "half-life", and the word "decay" would be more appropriate.

    (Note that chemical toxins, the kind spewed out daily, have no such built-in obsolescence (: ).
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
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    meninlove said I'm really curious about this new jingo-speak called 'dissipation'. It's as if the radiation spewing out from those reactor sites will just evaporate into something inert or harmless. I guess Chrenobyl being Russian radiation is tougher. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Not sure where the word was used, but yes, it will "evaporate" (so to speak) into something harmless (or sometimes less harmful first). That's the "half-life", and the word "decay" would be more appropriate.

    (Note that chemical toxins, the kind spewed out daily, have no such built-in obsolescence (: ).


    I think the initial radiation and ensuing half life etc is a rather *coughs* long period of time, no? Thinking of Chernobyl and last years forest fires releasing radiation. Funny how it hadn't dissipated in all that time. icon_wink.gif