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From: John Larkin
Subject: Re: eer
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 21:40:41 -0800
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On 01 Nov 2002 01:40:41 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (StevJensen) wrote:
>Actually Ionizing radiation is the easiest to deal with. A sheet
>of tinfoil will cover the problem + it generally will not penetrate
>the skin(which is dead anyway) unless you happen to be in
>physical contact with the source.
You are describing pretty much low energy alphas. Most everything else
above a few tens of kev's will zap right through thin foils.
>Neutrons are not ionizing radiation.
Are too. Immediately, or 20 minutes later when they decay. If they're
captured in a nucleus, odds are the result is a radioactive isotope.
>Neither is gamma.
Is too. That's why a geiger counter, or a piece of film, detects
gammas like gangbusters.
>Both are potentially more dangerous than the ionizing kind
>because they will penetrate. OTOH on the up side the
>probability that they will interact with something internal
>to you is fairly low.
Unless they pass clean through without touching anything; about as
likely as a bullet doing same.
>>> >I suppose you have hear of the dangers of radiation poisoning?
>>> >Even ol' Sol's light causes cancer.
Sometimes. But a kilorem of gammas will kill you in a week or so, and
it won't be nice at all. Extreme gamma or neutron doses will kill in
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