From Hiroshima to Fukushima to You

From Hiroshima to Fukushima to You

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The bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, brought radiation to international attention but the exact nature of what had been unleashed was still unclear to most. The 1986 meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear plant again made headlines with estimates of fatalities ranging from 4, 000 to almost one million deaths. By the time of the shocking 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant social media meant governments and corporations no longer had a monopoly over the release of information, but transparency remains low on the agenda. Meanwhile, few physicians give thought to the delayed health effects of radiation. It has been the bold physician who has challenged the potential overuse of chest X-rays, CT scanning, or PET scans. This book provides clear and accurate information about radiation so that we can all make informed choices. In clear language it offers answers to citizens' questions: What is radiation? Where do we encounter it? What are the benefits and risks? How do we develop a responsible future around the uses and abuses of radioactivity?7 a€œAtom, a€ Wikipedia, atomic_theory. 8 a€œ Daltona#39;s Atomic ... The literature can be veryconfusing because it contains oldunits, new units, and sometimes both. 10A joule is a ... One joule isthe energy expended (or work done) whena force ofone newton is applied through a distance of one metre. ... 13The Manhattan Project was the project beginningin 1939, entered into bythe United States, Canada, and the UK, to develop the atomic bomb. In 1946anbsp;...

Title:From Hiroshima to Fukushima to You
Author:Dale Dewar, Florian Oelck
Publisher:Between the Lines - 2014-05-15


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