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Death And Decay.

Radiation is an insidious thing. Take a massive dose and it’s very immediately lethal, and dangerous, and should be avoided. Take a series of smaller doses, however, and the consequences are less obvious. You might come out of it unscathed. Your cells might be able to repair the damage done by radiation particles slicing off bits of your genetic structure. Even if you get hit by an electron in just the wrong place the cancer this will cause won’t become apparent for a decade or two. This meant that it was quite a while before anyone twigged that radiation was actually dangerous, and this led to people doing some really, really stupid things with radioactive substances.

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Is It Love Or Toxic Radiation?

It’s both, but who cares.

There’s radiation, and then there’s radiation. When a scientist hears the word “radiation”, they think of the electromagnetic spectrum – radio waves, microwaves, infra-red, visible light, ultraviolet light, x-rays and gamma rays. These are all types of electromagnetic radiation. However, thanks to popular culture, when the average person hears the word “radiation” they think of the stuff that causes both giant carnivorous ants and cancer/radiation sickness. This post is going to be about the difference between the two, and why that is.

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