[ExI] How dangerous is radiation?

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 8 15:59:38 UTC 2014

On Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 5:00 AM,  BillK <pharos at gmail.com>> wrote:

> Another problem might be - what type and duration of radiation?
> Ionizing radiation includes alpha particles, beta particles and
> neutrons, as well as mesons that constitute cosmic rays. These have
> different penetrative power to affect the human body. If radiation
> hormesis exists, it might not be a whole body effect. It might only
> affect certain organs or the immune system.

Good point.  Radiologists are reputed to have a lower rate of cancer,
but it's also thought that high energy physicist die at higher rates
from leukemia.  (That's what killed G.K. O'Neill.)


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