Radioactivity

Andrew Jorgensen andrew.jorgensen at gmail.com
Thu Feb 22 11:06:03 MST 2007


On 2/22/07, Andrew Jorgensen <andrew.jorgensen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 2/22/07, Daniel C. <dcrookston at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Okay, question.  I have always been under the impression that being
> > exposed to radiation does not make you radioactive, just like being
> > exposed to light doesn't make you glow.  Is this true?
>
> That depends entirely on the type of radiation.  If I went into detail
> I'd just show how little I actually know about the specifics but
> basically some kinds of radiation won't do anything to you and other
> kinds will damage your cells and / or change the structure of your
> atoms (in some cases causing them to decay).
>
> The EPA has a pretty good site explaining all this:
> http://www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/

I should clarify, though, that as far as I can tell the site doesn't
answer your specific question directly and I'd have to guess that the
risk of glowing is far greater when exposed to radioactive materials
than when exposed to pure radiation.



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