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P f deaths from conventional electrical plants and their contribution to global warming acceptable than the possibility A Killing Tide of disastrous accident at a nuclear plant Certainly a disastrous accident at a nuclear plant would be worse than a disastrous accident at a conventional power plant The book includes end notes a selected bibliography and an index Since the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima radiotion has achieved an even worse reputation than it had previously To what extent is this reputation deserved Speaking broadly how great a risk does radition pose to us and in what ways does it help usRobert Gale and Eric Lac the authorsf Radition starts by stating a few facts that everyone should know but which many people probably do not know First radiation is present everywhere It is in the ground in the air in the food that we eat and in Shivers: four in one: The Enchanted Attic/A Ghastly Shade of Green/The Locked Room - The Awful Apple Orchard ourselves There is no way you can avoid radiation this holds true for non ionizing as well as ionizing radiation Second raditation can kill you Dependingn the type L'Oracle de votre subconscient : I-Ching, Le Livre des transformations of radiation and the dose received radiation may cause a cell to turn into a cancer cell if mutationsccur to an unlucky set Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! of genes If a higher dose is received radiation can kill cells and induce radiation sickness The powersf radioactive material can also be used to cause substantial explosions as with the atom and hydrogen bombs What I suspect many people don t know is that radiation can also save you Radiation therapy have saved millions Les Naufrags d'Ythaq T03 : Le soupir des toiles of people and emergency exit signs which shine even when there is no electricity have save many people still CT scans allows us to detect cancers andther things inside the human body which helps doctors enourmouslyRadiation is generally categorized as either ionizing The Royal Joust or non ionizing Ionizing radiation have enough energy to rip away charged particlesr molecules If that molecule happens to be in the DNA in American Maharajah onef ur cells that cell may become a cancer cell Non ionizing radiation such as microwaves form cell phones r the visual part f the spectrum that we can actually detect with ur eyes cannot cause this type Squeamish About Sushi: And other Food Adventures in Japan of damage to cells Ultraviolet is rightn the border between these two with some ultraviolet rays containing enough energy to rip apart molecules which is why you can get skin cancer from verexposure to the sun This also means that there is no plausible scientific theory explaning how microwave radiation which has less energy than ultraviolet rays from cell phones cause cancer Togehter with the fact that brain cancer has not increased since cell phones came into use is why I have no problem with letting my children use cell phones The authors however focus mostly n ionizing radiationGale and Lax starts with the basics desrcibing what alpha beta and gamma radiaiton is and then going into depth about the amount The Quarterback's Crush of radation that an average person receives and the interesting discussionn whether exposure to small amount f radiaiton is bad neutral r even good for you hormesis Regarding exposure the authors note that people are uite inconsistent in their fears For instance taking a CT scan which many people even demand will give you the same does f radiation as being 6km from ground zero in Hiroshima Also people tend to be skeptical about being scanned with x rays n airports forgetting that they will receive much radiation during the upcoming flightBut what do the authors say about the hot topic Achtung! Cthulhu of nuclear energy In short they say while there aref course safety issues it is better than coal generated power in pretty much every aspect Renewable sources sun wind water also have problems associated with them mainly that they are expensive and that they cannot provide a steady stream Infamy of electricity without whichur economy cannot functionWhat about nuclear accidents though Lets start with the most recent accident Fukushima It is certainly interesting to note that though some people did receive a large dosis General P.T.G. Beauregard of radiation not a single person have died from radiation expsure till this day According to wikipedia the predicted numberf Fukushima related cancers range from 0 100 many My Wishful Thinking of which will be possible to treat The tsunamin the The Boy and the Blue Moon other hand killed approximately 20000 people The media coverageften suggets that the Fukushima accident was the big news This simply reaffirms that people and the media have substantial biases in their fears It is f course r less impossible to tell people to stop being afraid The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 of shark attacksr flying Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest or anything that has radiation in its name but lets not base public policyn irrational fearsWait you say what about the Thernobyl accident Well partly because that reactor exploded due to a clear design flaw 10 times radioactivity was released compared to Fukushima However this should also be copared with atmospheric atom bomb tests which releases 200 times radioactivity than the Thernobyl accident did These are now banned however prior nuclear tests have caused high levels f radioactivity in the environment n a global level Estimates f the number f casualties following Thernobyl vary widely and largely depends Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day on whetherne thinks that exposure to low doses f radiation increases cancer risks which is a controversial topic We are also dealing with a very high basal rate f cancers Since 38% percent Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) of all women and 45%f all men will be diagnosed with cancer sometime in their life even say a 05 percent increase mean thousands r millions f people Bottom line Thernobyl was a bad accident and similar mistakes should Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks of course be avoided in the future however should we abandon a cheap energy source that almost zero pollution becausef Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman one poorly designed reactor andne reactor which was Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition only almost able to survive a major natural disasterNone who disputes that nuclear power is associated with some risks However what are the alternatives It is striking how many people simply ignores this uestion I Heaven Next Stop often hear environmentalist say that they want the entire society to be basedn renewable energy I fully share that ambition however it is currently not a feasible alternative which means that we have to chose between nuclear energy and burning f fossil fuels to get sufficient energy If we don t use nuclear then we have to generate r buy fossil fuels Yet no ne talks about what type f pollutants are released from fossil fuel burning power plants The authors convincingly show that pollutants from coal burning power plants induce much harm than waste from nuclear power plants In Bases Loaded one yearne coal burning power plant releases 720 tons Have A Good Night, Volume 1 of carbon monoxide a toxic gas 50kgf lead which is poisonous to us as well as to the fish in the lakes where a lot f smoke lands 80kg f mercury 10000 tons f sulfur dioxide which results in acid rain and 37 million tons f CO2 This waste is released directly When You Lose Your Job out into the environment not burried in a mountain like nuclear fuel In addition coal plant workers as well as coal miners develop lethal lung cancer muchften than ther people To sum up the argument for building nuclear power plants Yes there are risks associated with nuclear power but taking into account energy costs and the waste produced nuclear power is currently the best feasible alternative availableThe authors also discusses another controversial issue namely whether r not we should radiate food to kill Isabel the Queen: Life and Times of pathogens In a single year there are 2 billion casesf food poisoning in the world mainly in the developing world This number could be drastically reduced by radiating the food which would kill Fantastic Post Office 03 of the bacteria Yes some nutrients would be lost but food lose nutrients when you cook it and that is not controversial The bottom line is that radiating food can save many lives particularly in the developing world and there seem top be no rational argument against doing this if there is I hope that someone will enlighten meAll in all radiation is a great and accessible introduction to the fieldf radiation a field associated with a substantial lack Tim Crouch of knowledge and as a result many irrational fears among the public The title sounds kindf alarmist but the insides aren t so bad It had a lot f food for thought and refreshed my memory about what we learned in school about nuclear energy and radiation in general It s pretty up to date as well talking about as recent events as the Fukushima Daikii accident This book is reasonable at addressing commonplace radiophobia and addresses radiation from all sources natural and man made especially medical A lesser amount f attention was given to accidental radiation releases from nuclear power and given it was for primarily this reason I chose to read the book I was slightly disappointed In all though I found it worthwhileI am Drawing the Human Head onef those people who are Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics of thepinion that if we wish to maintain and enhance DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle our standardf living for the future especially if we ultimately decide that fossil fuel carbon dioxide inputs need to be eliminated as much as possible then nly nuclear power will be able to maintain us in the energy available standard to which we ve become accustomed More energy makes life productive and enjoyable and long lasting for all We should be efficient about ur use certainly but energy abundance give us comfort and choice We would not have this under a purely renewable source energy economy So does it make sense to exclude nuclear power n safety grounds from the utset That s a uestion I was hoping the book would help me answerIn the book nuclear power disasters were discussed just not in the clearest way and the information given was fragmented across the chapters I hoped for an answer to the uestion Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, of whether it s actually necessary to cordonff large territorial exclusion zones in response to such catastrophes in the interests f protecting human health I was left to gather the fragments presented in the book and make a judgement about this myself which ended up like thisIn such disasters there three isotopes which convey just about all the radioactivity exposure risk to people in the general vicinity f the release I 131 Cs 137 and Sr 90I 131 is risky but mostly to children and nly for a short time about three months verall and Pontius Pilate only if foodstuffs produced within the affected area aren t temporarily replaced withutside supplies during the danger period In Japan food was handled expertly and most Japanese have iodine rich diets which tend to make them far less at risk to start withCs 137 is pretty ubiuitous and has a very long half life making it especially concerning to the public But this long half life also means that the activity f the element is very low reducing risk Its biological half life is also uite short happily further greatly reducing risks to human health Any amount f it you do manage to ingest is likely to be excreted again before hardly any Aeralis of it at all will have a chance to deposit radioactive energy in your tissue So the great concernver this perhaps second most prevalent element released in an accident is probably misplacedSr 90 has a half life similar to Cs 137 but has a complex biological half life To Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half our bodies it resembles calcium and so some proportion may end up migrating into bones and teeth where it will probably stay long enough to release a good portionf its radioactive energyThis is pretty much all the book has to say Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives on those matters two tone in favor Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of the idea thatur reaction to the risks from a catastrophic nuclear accident is hysterical The Sr 90 uestion deserves attention How much The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit of this is present around an accident zone What s the riskSince this is supposed to be a book review I won t detail them here but I ve encountered various materials thatffer me some pretty great hope for Cs 137 in particular that this is just not enough f a risk to human health to warrant massive exclusion zones with their life altering permanent evacuations and costly and elaborate washing and soil stripping perations According to this work people could return to their homes and lives in the zone like that around Fukushima right now if they wanted to an. Ters in collaboration with medical writer Eric Lax draws Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate on an exceptional depthf knowledge to correct myths and establish facts Exploring what have become trigger words for anxiety nuclear energy and nuclear weapons uranium plutonium iodine 131 mammogram X ray CT scan threats to the food chain the authors demystify the science and dangers f radiation and examine its myriad benefits from safely sterilizing ur food to the re.
One almost needs a science background to understand this book And even if you tough it Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen out and hang in there until the end there are few take aways Many times the authors simply say well it s a complicated issue and there are pros and cons Well gee thanks I already knew that So allow me to save you some time Basically the authors conclude that food irradiation is harmless and you also don t need to be concerned about the radiation from microwaves tv screensr computers cell phones r the x ray machines in airports although I wasn t entirely convinced about these conclusions If you re concerned about tanning booths mammograms r dentalmedical x rays the authors simply punt Harcourt School Publishers Collections on these issues and say well you have to weight the pros and cons without really providing anyther advice From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure or guidelines The most they suggest is to ask your physician whether an x rayr procedure is really necessary Thank goodness this was a library book and i didn t waste my money purchasing it This book read like a public pamphlet On Toby's Terms on radiation than a book It is clear and well explained and is much broadly focused It does a good jobf explaining cesium 137 and iodine 131 and how they affect us during a possible fallout scenario The main gist is that we are surrounded by radiation be it through background cosmicterrestrial r man made medical screeningsx raysPETCTairplane flights and so radiation via nuclear power plants is not as dangerous as perceived There is talk f coal and how the run Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land offs from coal power plants are dangerous than nuclear sources There is a comparison between Chernobyl and Fukushima and how their location and the typef reactor they were led to different results the proliferation f cesium 137 across the globe Informative and well presented I just realized I don t have a book length fascination with radiation Radiation What it is what you need to know is a good book with a somewhat misleading title The authors Dr Gale who has been involved in several nuclear accidents including Chernobyl and writer Eric Lax describe not all aspects f radiation but rather its health effects and use in medicine after some introductory material Indiscretion on the naturef radiation Their discussion includes consideration Indiscretion of the effectsf nuclear weapons the use f gamma rays r X rays to sterilize food nuclear power smoking and medical screening procedures using radiation Fortunately for keeping the interest Soul Dust of readers the book startsff with the description f an 1985 incident in Goiania Brazil when many people were exposed to radiation from cobalt 60 and cesium 137 when parts from a radiation therapy machine were scavenged by people completely ignorant f radiation and who in 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 one case did not think that the fact that something was glowing might be a bad sign Four people died Muchf what we know about the harmful effects Blackbird of radiation exposures is from accidents including Chernobylr the study Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland of the survivorsf the bombing Surly Bonds of Hiroshima and Nagasaki The surviving victimsf these events were generally exposed to high doses which makes it difficult to extrapolate to low level exposures The authors are very good at indicating when we don t good knowledgeIt has Sex, Lies, and Videotape oftenccurred to me that the word radiation unfortunately is used with regard to two different classes The Sanford Guide to Hepatitis Therapy 2016-2017 of phenomena moving particlesf matter which have mass and electromagnetic radiation Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays or waves which are mass less From the viewf consideration f human health there is some justification for lumping some f these together because either may result in ionizing radiation More Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession on ionizing radiation latter after some definitions regarding matter and energyIt may be helpful to begin with a useful levelf reductionism in describing selected aspects The Paper Wife of matter and energy Leaving aside such cosmological puzzles such as dark matter and dark energy the stuffn the Earth is composed f protons neutrons and electrons while electromagnetic radiation is ne form We, the People: Of Earth Elders of energy Protons neutrons and electrons make up atoms the protons and neutrons in the central nucleusf the atom the electrons Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition outsidef the nucleus Protons have a positive electrical charge electrons have a negative electrical charge مترو of eual magnitude to thatf a proton and neutrons have no charge Protons and neutrons have about the same mass and the mass f a proton r neutron is almost 2000 times greater than that The Windy Season of an electron Protons and neutrons are not fundamental particles as they are composedf uarks Atoms Oldies but Goodies often combine together to make molecules which isne aspect A Month of Sundays of the sciencef chemistry The number Evangeline, a Master For Tonight Companion Novel of protons in the nucleusf an atom the atomic number determines what chemical element the atom belongs to some common elements Beneath the Jolly Roger on earth arexygen carbon nitrogen and iron The number Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise of neutrons in an atom s nucleus may vary resulting in what are considered different isotopesf the same element Protons neutrons and electrons can also exist apart from atoms The simplest atom is the most common form f hydrogen which consists f a single proton and electron this is by far the most common form f rdinary matter in the universe The second most common element in the universe is helium which has a nucleus Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus of two protons and two neutrons with two electronsutside f the nucleus The nucleus f a helium atom sometimes emitted from the nuclei Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, of heavier elements during radioactive decay is called an alpha particle Usually the numberf electrons and protons in an atom They Also Serve or molecule are eual resulting in an electrically neutral atom butften in the course Conversations From The Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop: 8 Keys To Rediscovering Lost Dreams And Finding Your Life's Calling of chemical reactions an atomr molecule will gain No Time for Sergeants or losene r electrons resulting in what is called an ion Electromagnetic radiation is a form f energy An example f electromagnetic radiation is visible light as are radio waves X rays gamma rays and microwaves Electromagnetic radiation has no mass but it does convey energy that may interact with matter Electromagnetic radiation may be usefully and very ddly described either as a wave analogous to the waves rippling ut from a pebble tossed into a pond r as a particle photon Thankfully we can stick to the wave interpretation for this book The distance between successive peaks Large Catechism of Martin Luther of a wave is its wavelength the numberf peaks passing a fixed point within a second is its freuency The speed Junior Jolt of light for all formsf electromagnetic radiation in a vacuum is a very speedy fixed value which means that higher freuencies correspond to shorter wavelengths The important point here is that higher freuency shorter wavelength electromagnetic radiation is the stuff you may have to worry aboutSome Ceux de la posie vcue or allf the different isotopes f a chemical element may be radioactive meaning that the nucleus will undergo a spontaneous change to another isotope r another element Radioactive isotopes may emit electrons from the nucleus not from the electrons surrounding it positrons a form f antimatter a positively charged electron protons gamma rays r Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty occasionally neutrons These changes may result in the change in the atomic number in the remaining nucleus thereby resulting in a change fromne element to anotherGenerally the forms tireless: of radiation that are potentially dangerous are ionizing radiations formsf radiation that are energetic enough to produce an ion when they interact with matter such as your body Ultra violet light UV responsible for many skin cancers is something f a gray area as UV radiation is not powerful enough to ionize molecules but it is powerful enough to alter chemical bonds between atoms UVB is f particular concern Another consideration is the extent to which different forms Toque de Veludo of radiation can penetrate the body On Page 14 there is a useful illustration regarding this matter Alpha particles helium nuclei are stopped by paper electrons are stopped by clothing while gamma rays X rays and neutrons reuire several feetf concrete inches f lead r several feet f water Measuring radiation exposure in a medically relevant form is difficult Straightforward physical measurements don t necessarily capture the health conseuences f the exposure Further all types The Four Racketeers of radiation do not have identical effectsn living tissue All f the units appear to have been named after dead male European physicists One nucleus decaying per second is called a becuerel B usually its useful to refer to multiples f the B such as the megabecuerel which is a million becuerels The amount Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters of energy a dosef radiation deposits in a tissue is called grays Gy However different tissues are different sensitivities to radiation generally tissues which undergo rapid cell division such as skin Smithereens or blood cells are sensitive to radiation The most useful unit is the millsievert mSv which considers the biological effectsf radiation On average United States residents receive about 62 mSV per year The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness of radiation About halff this exposure is due to natural causes the Dark Diversions other half from human created radiation Of the natural causes radon exposure is important about 21000 people in the United States die from exposure to radioactive radon 222 page 18 several thousand than those killed by drunk driving With regard to skin cancers caused by UV it isne Lili a un chagrin d'amour of the least common typesf skin cancers melanoma which accounts for 70% Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability of the deaths page 117 However adults slatheringn sun block are not protecting themselves from melanoma because you are vulnerable to melanoma Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds only if you are immoderately exposed to UVB when age 10r less page 120 So slather your kids with skin block to protect them from melanoma however sum block can protect you from the generally less lethal cancers cause by UVAThe vast majority f the exposure to human created radiation is due to medical procedures r nuclear medicine One exposure to radiation that had never ccurred to me was tobacco smoking apparently fertilizers ften contain radioactive radium 226 and its radioactive decay product polonium 210 page 108 Smoking volatilizes the polonium and deposits it in the lungs so in addition to the chemical carcinogens in tobacco smoke there is a radiological aspect to smoking induced lung cancer With regard to medical procedures the using Lord of The Heart: Regency Romance of medical imaging in procedures such as angiogram angioplasty and cardiac CT scans result in the patient receiving radiation doses several times the average American annual radiation dose page 152 Dental X rays chest X rays and mammograms result in radiation doses well below the annual average dose The authors suggest that when doctors suggest a procedure such as a computed tomography CT scan that involves a high radiation dose the patient should be careful to ascertain that the benefitsf the imagery are likely to utweigh the risks Unnecessary medical procedures are the most likely cause f excessive radiation exposure The authors are not terribly concerned with the health risks Love! 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Compassion! of nuclear power chapter 8 which they deem minimal though they wouldn t put it that way Chernobyl is not a good example because it lacked a containment dome People living near nuclear power plants receive presumably when all is going well an extra dosef radiation Scream of about 00001 mSv annually much less than the background dose while those living near coal fired electrical plants receive a higher radioactive dose due to the concentrationf uranium and thorium in fly ash page189 There are also many Kumiko and the Dragon other day by day negative effectsf coal and using Probabilities on the Heisenberg Group: Limit Theorems and Brownian Motion other fossil fuels to generate electricity that are greater than the day by day negative effectsf nuclear power Their main concern is that the United States needs to find a place to store the waste permanently rather than continuing to let the waste pile up in storage ponds The Purpose of Creation outsidef nuclear power plants The total volume f nuclear waste is relatively small so finding enough room to store the stuff isn t the problem The authors also point ut that while the dangerous isotopes in the waste take a very long time to decay plenty f dangerous chemicals never decay It seems to me that the basic uestion is whether r not people find the higher steady drip drip dri. The essential guide to radiation the good the bad and the utterly fascinating explained with unprecedented clarity Earth born in a nuclear explosion is a radioactive planet; without radiation life would not exist And while radiation can be dangerous it is also deeply misunderstood and ften mistakenly feared Now Robert Peter Gale MD the doctor to whom concerned governments turned in the wake f the Chernobyl and Fukushima disas.
D not be at significant added risk for future radiogenic health problemsFor Sr 90 while a significant product A Good Indian Wife of fission it s non volatile nature makes it much less likely than thethers to escape to the environment in significant amounts during a disaster This may be the best reason to allay concerns with it Sr 90 was Stage Fright of a risk during the eraf atmospheric atomic weapons testing and for the Japanese atomic bomb survivors from the fallout nuclear weapons produce This main source f Sr 90 exposure has long been now happily verI 131 seems to be the single biggest risk in a reactor disaster and with its short half life within a few months A Mighty Lewd Book of a point immediately following a meltdown with containment loss it is simply no longer a factor it has all decayed away In the early phase people should do their best to avoid exposure if they can but for most it will be enough simply to eat clean food fromutside the affected area and follow limited evacuation for those most at risk eg families with young childrenFor people like the Japanese who have ready access to clean replacement foodstuffs and a diet rich in natural iodine little special action is needed Most are best served by eating Die endlose Steppe outside food and waiting thingsutFor Nakama 1b: Introductory Japanese: Communication, Culture, Context others like those near Chernobyl in 1986 short term evacuation with supplemental iodine administration particularly to the young would ve produced similarly low levelsf risk The impoverished condition Unmapped Territories: New Women's Fiction from Japan of mostf the population and lack Strange Beasts and Unnatural Monsters of a robust food system were main drivers increasing their risksHowever in both casesnce the I 131 has decayed Feeney's fiendish fleas (Eerie, off there s no longer much risk People could move back into the zone and resume life as before To allay fear those who want them couldbtain dosimeters to understand and place into perspective the actual radioactivity they are receiving Most people would probably see amounts very close to the Classic conundrums: Fiendish puzzles from the 19th century original background radiation anyway A few may see and this can be either rationalized in termsf measuring it against statistics an education reuirement attaches to do this effectively Or anyone who feels uncomfortable by the amount they see no matter how small can be allowed to take charge Draupadi of their lives as before and choose to move away In this way people are empowered to freely identify and manage their risks as they choose just as inther parts f their livesThe important takeaways here are 1 people are verly fearful Saving Ceecee Honeycutt of radiation despite living lives continuously within its effects and in some cases dependingn it for health 2 understanding the real risks from radiation may allow us to You Are a Mogul: How to Do the Impossible, Do It Yourself, and Do It Now overcome these fears and make intelligent choices regarding how webtain the energy we need to enjoy the lives we desire Radiation What It Is What You Need to Know by Robert Peter Gale MD and Eric Lax Radiation is an even handed educational and accessible book Unsavory Delicacies (Ridley Fox Nita Parris on radiation The book covers many formsf radiation like microwaves and radio waves which have insufficient energy to alter cells to the energetic forms known as ionizing radiations that can alter the structure f atoms Scientist physician and author f twenty two medical books Robert Peter Gale has teamed up with accomplished author Eric Lax to produce a readable and interesting book n an ften misunderstood topic radiation This enlightening 288 page book is composed by the following nine chapters 1 Assessing the Risks 2 Radiation from Discovery to Today 3 The Nature Birds on a Bough of Radiation 4 Radiation and Cancer 5 Genetic Diseases Birth Defects and Irradiated Food 6 Radiation and Medicine 7 Bombs 8 Nuclear Power and Radioactive Waste and Summing Up Positives 1 A well researched well written and even handed book Accessible for the masses2 An excellent educational tool that addresses a much misunderstood topic radiation The specterf radiation is so frightening to many people that it eclipses reality 3 Understanding the main differences between the two main type f radiation ionizing which can cause cancer and nonionizing generally little harm with the exception f ultraviolet radiations4 The main focus Pandarella of the book is to reduce the gap between what we fear and what is real about radiation Mission accomplished5 The book is fullf interesting facts Radon 222 and related radionuclides are estimated to be the most common cause The Porridge King of lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers 6 The book examines somef the cancers that ionizing radiations can cause lung breast thyroid and leukemia to name a few Cells in the bone marrow are especially sensitive to cancer causing mutations from ionizing radiation 7 There are many examples provided throughout the book The two main examples are the Chernobyl reactor building and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility The Chernobyl reactor building was destroyed by a steam explosion and part Arjun: Without a Doubt of the Fukushima reactor building was destroyed by an explosionf highly flammable hydrogen gas8 How radioactivity interacts with humans dose Scientists agree that above a certain dose usually about 50 Sukhdev Sandhu or 100 mSv there is a linear relationship between radiation dose and cancer risk the higher the dose the greater the risk 9 The authors seamlessly provide historical scientific context into the narrative In 1914 Rutherford would prove that gamma rays were a formf light similar to X rays but with a far shorter wavelength and thus penetrated deeper than the ther rays r particles 10 The difference between fission and fusion The difference between fission and fusion is that fusion reuires a great deal energy to start the chain reaction but fusion also yields vastly energy a hydrogen fusion bomb is roughly ne thousand times powerful than an atomic fission bomb 11 Thought provoking issues people concerned about global warming are ften firmly Lord Wildfire opposed to nuclear energy yet it is thenly immediately available energy source able to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions albeit with some inherent but potentially solvable problems 12 Chemistry plays a pivotal role All elements with a higher number in the periodic table than thallium atomic number 81 have radioactive isotopes and all isotopes f elements from polonium number 84 and higher are radioactive 13 The authors did a good job f establishing what we know to a high degree Broken Gait of certainty in some areas and where lack convincing data Finally we lack convincing data that early detectionf thyroid cancer results in a health benefit 14 Putting the number Wrangling Letty of deaths that can be attributed to radioactive releases in perspective radiation induced genetic abnormalities are not passed from the affected persons to their children as studiesf exposed Japanese mothers and their children make clear 15 Some f the well known causes f cancer But smoking a cigarette is in some regards like intentionally inhaling a small nuclear weapon into your lungs Cigarette manufacturers have known about the presence f polonium 210 in tobacco since the 1960s And some factors that don t cause cancer Nonionizing radiations like those associated with microwaves and cell phones are not convincingly associated with an increased cancer risk 16 The difference between genetic disorders and birth defects Changes in the number f chromosomes are also important For example children with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome 21 whereas girls with Turner syndrome are missing The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs one X chromosome 17 And what s not to love about evolution We may wonder why whales and dolphins living in water have their bone marrow stem cells in bone cavities This is because they derive from terrestrial ancestors 18 Interesting topicf food irradiation Food irradiation has the potential to save millions lives than it harms especially since it very probably does no harm 19 Medical applications Within the Frame of radiation The conclusion that people at high risk for lung cancer should have screening radiological studies remains controversial but presently favors screening 20 A look at nuclear weapons About 50 percentf the energy released by the A bombs was blast energy about 35 percent was thermal energy and Runtime only about 15 percent was radiation mostf it neutrinos that did not contaminate the area 21 An excellent summary chapter an engaging uestions and Answers section22 Bibliography providedNegatives1 The book warranted charts and diagrams within the narrative Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories of the book2 Intended for the masses the book lacks depth3 The book needed citations 4 Free radicals is a fairly hot topic and warranted at the very least a citation In summary I enjoyed reading this book It s well written well researched and it takes a complex topic such as radiation and makes it notnly accessible but uite enjoyable to read The authors treated the topic even handedly and really did a good job Emilie pays du Leman et Chablais of educating the publicf what to fear and what is real about radiation The book lacks depth warranted citations and would have been better served with diagrams as part f the main narrative f the book That being said this book achieved its main goal Doing Psychiatry Wrong: A Critical and Prescriptive Look at a Faltering Profession of closing the gap between fear and knowledge I highly recommend itFurther recommendations Nuclear Energy What Everyone Needs to Know by Charles D Ferguson Energy for Future Presidents The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A Muller Clean Break by Osha Gray Davidson The Crash Course by Chris Martenson The Makingf the Bomb by Richard Rhodes and The Manhattan Project by Cynthia C Kelly My general rule is that if a book s author feels the need to list their credentials MD PhD the book is not worth reading so I was pretty dubious about this book co authored by Such and Such MD However I was pleasantly surprised by the balanced approach and decent coverage f the topicThat said while this was probably as as good a coverage f the topic as could be done I didn t find it particularly necessary information for me I m not Gakuen Alice, Vol. 09 (Gakuen Alice, onef the worry warts who freak ut ver the idea Gabriel's Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales of radiation and it s not like the book is particularly in depth Everything is radioactive People are concerned about accidents at Nuclear power plant facilities but also with taking X Raysf teeth chest injured limbs CT scans Heston's Fantastical Feasts of chest and abdomen sunlight and tanning booths and also radio waves from cell phones And also we humans are concerned about irradiated foodsWe should be aware that Radon 222 is found everywheren earth trapped in un ventilated basements and is linked to lung cancer in non smokersYou can get a radon test kit for 10 to 15 This might not include the reuired lab fee Points I thought important1 Why irradiate foods It is important to sterilize to stop bacterial contamination All Hell Breaking Loose of foods E coli in meatr salmonella in eggs can be detrimentalThere is a 1986 documentary by the National that showed how mangoes and baby chicks are irradiated with Cobalt 60 rods to reduce Salmonella and increase shelf life That s 33 years agoThe Environmental Protection Agency reports thata Irradiating food kills bacteria and molds that can make people sickb Irradiation does not remove toxins that are already in food Irradiation breaks chemical bonds to stop bacteria and After You, Dearest Language other pathogens from multiplyingc Irradiation does not make food radioactivePasteurizing milk and pressure cooking canned foods arether ways to kill bacteria in food2Nuclear terrorism is a worry3 Astronauts and cosmonauts are exposed to high doses Triangle of radiation in spaceI noted the importancef testing for Radon in your home The air pressure inside your home is usually lower than in the soil surrounding the foundation This difference in pressure draws air and A Man Called Kev. Writer, Garth Ennis other gases including radon from the soil into your homeRadon can enter a home any place it finds anpening where the house contacts the soil cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs construction joints gaps around service pipes support posts window casements floor drains sumps r cavities inside walls This is an interesting book covering valuable information The list f resources are extensive and just for this compilation the book is worth accessing Take a look at The Encyclopedia f EarthThe authors also recommend their website wwwradioactivebookco. 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