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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (StevJensen)
Date: 29 Oct 2002 14:35:18 GMT
Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com
Subject: Re: eer
Keith R. Williams email@example.com
>In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
>> After all the
>> hydrogen in water is supposed to have a half life (and thus be
>Hydrogen (as in AM=1) is not radioactive. Duterium (AM=2) and
>Tritium (AM=3) certainly are, but this stuff is relatively rare
>in nature. If you've seen a half-life quoted for hydrogen, it
>must be the half-life of the composite isotopes.
The article I read quoted a half-life for the proton, which *is* hydrogen minus
electron of course. Granted it specified a very long time, but on the other
there are a lot of protons. In fact all elements are composed of protons with
some electrons tossed in. Neutrons decay into an electron+proton so they
seem to count as a composite particle.
The problem I have with this subject is that for the most part every thing I
seems to have more hype than substance. From all I hear radioactivity is
supposed to be such a big bad deal, but on the other hand *everything* seems
to be radioactive to some degree. There is after all a definite background
radioactivity that exists everywhere (from whatever source that causes it)
This background seems to vary from place to place even to the point of being
an actual health concern. However, humans didn't have anything to do with
this. So my point in asking the question was to see if I could find out just
what kind of impact we actually make, or are capable of making, in the
grander scheme of things.
Thanks to all that made an attempt to provide a reasoned response.
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