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March 21, 2011

A Radiation Chart to Clip and Save

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If any of you haven't seen it, here's a fine radiation-dose graphic from xkcd to help keep your Sieverts straight. And yes, it does have the banana-equivalent dose.

Comments (7) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Current Events


1. RB Woodweird on March 21, 2011 12:26 PM writes...

For those of you who work where xkcd is blocked lest a glimmer of amusement pierce your laser-like focus on your job:

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2. c oprolite on March 21, 2011 12:58 PM writes...

That's why I don't eat bananas.

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3. wearinbeads on March 21, 2011 1:08 PM writes...

From the part of the country that has sold out the local commercial supply of KI, thanks for this.

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4. Anonymous BMS Researcher on March 21, 2011 9:37 PM writes...

@wearinbeads Yes, buying KI makes absolutely no sense in the US, or even most of Japan. I would be astounded if the nuclear reactors ever kill as many as 1% of the number of people killed by the earthquake and tsunami. I forget who coined the phrase "weapon of mass distraction" for a dirty bomb.

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5. Falanx on March 22, 2011 5:10 AM writes...

Two points:

1.) Any work environment that filters for isn't worth working for.

2.) Of cours it's got the BED. This is Randall, after all.

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6. Hap on March 22, 2011 12:23 PM writes...

I don't think a dirty bomb would be a "weapon of mass distraction" if it were actually deployed - the radioisotopes available for such a device would probably render some area unlivable for a while, and the rubble undisposable. It would probably do a lot more than distract (though some of its damage would come from mental chaos and fear rather than simple weapons effects). Killing first responders and overwhelming health services would probably cause real damage rather than simply psychological damage.

It's just that we haven't seen a dirty bomb, and nuke plants don't function as such - even Chernobyl probably wasn't a very effective dirty bomb, at least not as effective as what would probably be employed.

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7. cliffintokyo on March 23, 2011 3:55 AM writes...

I need this! Thanks Derek.
Japan has just experienced a direct hit for the full force of nature and (probably) a near miss for the final folly of man.
[But don't quote me]

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