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20 things about radiation you never know

There are a lot of interesting facts you never know about radiation. Do you know that all American flags placed on the moon are now white due to radiation from the sun? Do you know that flight crews  are classified as radiation workers? Find out more in the article.

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  • All the American flags placed on the moon are now white due to radiation from the sun.
  • After Radium was discovered by M. Curie (who died from radiation), people used it in things like condoms, candy, toothpaste, and health tonics. One man drank 1400 bottles of it before his jaw fell off.
  • The Manhattan Project secretly tested the effects of radiation on its own citizens, including injecting pregnant women radioactive mixtures and feeding children radioactive oatmeal.
  • Bananas are slightly radioactive and eating a banana exposes a person to radiation. Recent post-earthquake radiation spikes in Japan measured in bananas have seen levels up to 30 bananas but have dropped down to 1-2 bananas per day.
  • Because of the amount of granite used in its construction, Grand Central Station of the New York City produces more radiation than what is allowable at a nuclear power plant.

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20 Interesting Facts on Radiation. [online]. 2013, ; [cit. 2014-01-27]. Dostupné z:

  • Written by: Jablotron Alarms a.s.
  • Monday, 27 January 2014