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Recommend shoes for working in radioactive lab

I work in medical imaging research. We just got a new imaging system and I am about to start working with radioactive materials. I need help identifying a good pair of lab shoes. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Aug 5, 2014 - 11 answers

What's the origin of the nuclear radiation = big monsters sic-fi trope?

With the recent reboot of Gozilla, I got to thinking about classic (and not-so-classic) 1950s era giant monster movies such as Them! or The Beginning of the End, which invariably involve giant monsters that are created through nuclear experiments or explosions. [more inside]
posted by saslett on Jun 8, 2014 - 10 answers

What is a safe proximity from a Smart Meter for a pregnant woman?

My home's Smart Meter is located directly across from my kitchen sink, on the exterior side of the wall they share. I probably spend about 40 minutes each day standing within 2 feet of the meter, doing dishes and washing produce, etc. My stove is only about 4 feet from the meter, and I love to cook so I spend a considerable amount of time there as well. I am hoping to become pregnant soon. Is this exposure to radiation something I should be at all concerned about? [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 on Feb 6, 2014 - 16 answers

How do ceramic infared heat bulbs work and are they safe to stare at?

I have a 150 watt ceramic infrared heat bulb similar to this one http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiCare-Ceramic-Infrared/dp/B0002AQCPK that I use next to my desk to help keep me warm. It produces no visible light, only heat. Sometimes I have the urge to stare at it, can it hurt my eyes from the infrared radiation, similar to how looking at a regular light bulb can hurt your eyes? I am also interested in how these bulbs work, and the type of infrared radiation they give off if someone can explain it to me.
posted by john123357 on Dec 17, 2013 - 16 answers

Increased fusion in the sun's core: How long to reach the surface?

If hydrogen fusion in the center of the sun suddenly increased by a factor of 10^3 to 10^10, how long would it take until the energy burst reaches the surface and is radiated away? As I understand it, energy is transfered via convection and radiation within the sun and may take tens of thousand of years until reaching the surface and being radiated away. Would this hold even when the energy flux is much bigger? [more inside]
posted by Triton on Nov 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Should We Move to Escape Water Radiation?

We rent a house in a subdivision with its own (well-based) water supply, which isn't that uncommon where we are. But apparently there is radioactivity in the water supply. Details below. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Oct 8, 2013 - 14 answers

How can we get my mom to eat?

My mom had a stomach tube placed before radiation for throat cancer, because she had previously lost 20 pounds (she's 4'10", so that's a lot to lose) after surgery for the same cancer. She's now a month out of radiation, eating very very little (like 2 bites a meal) and getting most calories from feed tube. She had relatively mild dementia before all this; it's now progressed to pretty severe short term memory loss, though she is still on pain meds (vicodan) which could be skewing things. She is in skilled nursing but medicare will no longer cover and the recommendation is for a long term nursing home placement. [more inside]
posted by Cocodrillo on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Cherenkov radiation

Is it safe to be in a place where you can view Cherenkov radiation with your own eyes? Is there a place where I can see some that I could get into without a ridiculous amount of security clearance --like a tour of a nuclear power plant?
posted by 517 on Jul 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Radiation emission of compact fluorescent bulbs?

Concerned about radiation exposure from a cfl bulb used in bed headboard reading lamp? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Jul 8, 2013 - 10 answers

How are job prospects in the medical radiation sciences?

How are job prospects in the medical radiation sciences (in North America in general, and Canada specifically?) [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Jul 5, 2013 - 1 answer

What household electronics should I be concerned about?

Dig around on the internet and you'll find plenty of people saying that cell phones are unsafe, microwaves are unsafe, wifi is unsafe, cordless phones are unsafe... how to make sense of what's legitimate and what's crockpot paranoia? Has anyone any advice to put me at ease (or ill at ease)?
posted by malhouse on Jun 16, 2013 - 18 answers

Would drinking small amounts of heavy water protect you from radiation?

Would drinking small amounts of heavy water protect you from radiation? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on May 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Young adult novel with nuclear pool?

I'm trying to remember the name of a young adult novel I read (in the 80's or 90's) where a character is forced to do some work with radioactive materials at the bottom of a pool.
posted by Jahaza on May 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Perhaps a tinfoil hat would help?

I need to determine how much radiation a head-mounted camera is giving off, and I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Taking the right care of Great Grandpa

We are lucky enough to have a Grandpa who is 84 years old. He just had a consult with his urologist and has elevated PSA and prostate biopsy positive for cancerous cells ( that is the phrase that keeps being repeated) . [more inside]
posted by slothhog on Nov 29, 2012 - 17 answers

My eyeball is trying to kill me.

Eye cancer filter: how tired am I likely to be when undergoing plaque radiation therapy for choroidal melanoma? [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Oct 3, 2012 - 1 answer

Getting through radiotherapy

How can we make radiotherapy easier? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

The Real World: Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape

Help me track down this Cube-esque, straight-to-video nuclear bomb shelter paranoia film (with a shocking twist!). [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 19, 2012 - 8 answers

radioactive bra?

I accompanied my mom today as she went shopping for bras to wear as she goes thru radiation treatment....do they HAVE to be completely 100percent cotton? Any mefites out there had followup radiation after breast cancer surgery and have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jul 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Vet found a hard mass in our dog's anal gland...

Vet found a hard mass in our dog's anal gland (sorry you just had to read anal gland). Could possibly be Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma, could be benign tumor. Looking for as much information as possible, including how risky it is for a 12 year old dog (collie/shepard -ish mix) to have to go through surgery. [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Will I die from contamination?

I lived in a neighborhood whose water was contaminated by uranium from a local power plant. Could it have affected me? [more inside]
posted by Monkeyswithguns on Apr 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Cellphone case to reduce EMF radiation exposure

Blocking cellphone radiation with a special case? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Feb 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Save My Honemoon To Japan!

SAVE MY HONEYMOON HIVEMIND! Is there a definitive (non-biased) answer on whether Japan is safe for travel? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jan 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Nuculer. It's pronounced Nu-cu-ler.

I'm interested in compiling a list of portrayals of both atomic energy and nuclear warfare in pop culture from around the world -- specifically the effects of radiation and mutation. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Dec 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Cell phone case to reduce radiation?

Can this cell phone case actually do anything to reduce radiation? Or this the equivalent of a power balance bracelet? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Aug 20, 2011 - 12 answers

How Safe Is It To Travel To Tokyo?

My family lives in Tokyo, and I grew up there, but I now go to school in the states. My parents want me to come out to visit next month, but I'm a bit concerned about the radiation. They assure me that any increase in the levels is negligible, but I realize that there are many different types of radiation, and food grown in the Fukushima area is still being served in Tokyo. I just really don't want to be a victim of hindsight, and it seems for every reputable article I can find that indicates the levels are safe, I can find another that begs me to reconsider the first. I don't know what to do. I don't want to be paranoid, but I also don't want the whole family to be at risk if there is an overlooked issue.
posted by howgenerica on Jul 26, 2011 - 22 answers

anti-radiation maternity clothing

What's with the anti-radiation maternity clothing on Chinese wholesale sites like milanoo? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Love, the house....except for that cell phone tower in the backyard!

Is it dangerous to live near a cell phone tower? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased on Jun 19, 2011 - 13 answers

a meltdown about a meltdown

Asking from a position of almost complete ignorance, and to reassure anxious family members: Would today's news of the full meltdown at Fukushima cause you to cancel a planned trip to Kyoto this July? Can you give me some hard data about the radiation danger of a week in Kyoto versus (say) the radiation danger of a trans-Pacific flight?
posted by gerryblog on May 12, 2011 - 14 answers

Is this Time Radiation at work?!!!

Can cable boxes affect digital clocks? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on May 11, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I ship Iodine tablets from the UK to Japan?

How do I ship Iodine tablets from the UK to Japan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Could an EMR absorbing chip reduce the health risk of cellphones?

Assuming that the radiation from cellphones is somewhat dangerous, will a product like a chip that absorbs EMR like this one (http://www.radiguard.com.au/the-solution.html) be useful? [more inside]
posted by orangekit on Apr 5, 2011 - 26 answers

How do you estimate a cancer risk from radiation exposure?

How is the following risk assessment from this NYT infographic reached?: "The estimated increase in cancer risk of eating two unwashed pounds of [radioactive cesium-tainted broccoli] is about two chances in a million." Is it based on population studies, or sieverts, or something else? What biological effect do sieverts measure? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Apr 3, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I know what the radiation level is where I live?

Is there a web site that posts regular, radiation level readings by city and/or region throughout the U.S.?
posted by tangyraspberry on Mar 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Are geiger counters a tax deductable?

Should I be testing non-edible Japanese imports for radiation? [more inside]
posted by muirne81 on Mar 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Bay Area MDs who specialize in radiation exposure?

Posting for a friend in Tokyo who is concerned about health effects of radiation. Am seeking referrals for medical doctors in the San Francisco Bay Area who specialize in diagnosis and/or treatment of radiation exposure.
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Mar 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Isotypes and Heath

Cancer Knowledge: With the recent radiation fears in Japan, how does radiation cause cancer? Also, looking for an expert here - given the huge investments towards cancer research, how far away are we from a cure? Or is it not so simple?
posted by Funmonkey1 on Mar 18, 2011 - 21 answers

Suck it, plaster volcanoes.

Do natural gas and oil fired power plants release radiation in the form of radium, or otherwise? How much radiation per MW would be released by a typical plant? Would the release of such elements be reduced by cogeneration of steam? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Is Shanghai in danger from Japanese fallout?

I'm currently in Shanghai, is the Japanese fallout a threat? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Mar 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Nuke Plant != Hydrogen Bomb?

Is there any meaningful way to compare the possible radiation releases due to the damaged Japanese nuke plant with the radiation released by the air and sea bursts of the U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the 40s, 50s, and 60s? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Mar 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Wifi, Cell Phones, and You

How does the radiation coming from a cell phone handset compare to wifi in terms of wavelength, frequency, intensity, power, and any other important parameters? How similar are they? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Mar 6, 2011 - 10 answers

What don't I know?

Out of my depth in a physics class, what do I need to study to catch up? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Jan 26, 2011 - 8 answers

What's up with birds falling out of the sky?

Why are birds falling out of the sky? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Jan 5, 2011 - 38 answers

Backups during solar storms

What's the best way to safeguard my backups from the effects of a solar storm? Should I worry about that at all? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Sep 11, 2010 - 9 answers

What is a good biography about Marie Curie?

What is a good biography about Marie Curie? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Aug 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommend me a radiation oncologist in New York with an open mind

[medicalfilter] Looking for radiation therapy for early-stage Dupuytren's in New York - can you recommend someone? I'm a 30 year old recently diagnosed with Dupuytren's in both hands. It's progressing somewhat rapidly (not surprising, given my age) but has not yet interfered with functionality. I am looking for radiation oncologists who can offer the radiation treatment for this in the New York area. I'd love to hear from patients who've had this treatment, but will take any oncology recs you have! [more inside]
posted by mccn on May 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Jiminy Jillickers, will my friend develop superpowers?

How long after you get irradiated does it take to develop superpowers? [more inside]
posted by Cody's Keeper on May 6, 2010 - 19 answers

Cumulative backscatter X-ray risk

How many additional people would die per year because of exposure to radiation if every flyer in the US was examined with a backscatter X-ray machine? [more inside]
posted by zxcv on Jan 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Are satellites built from old metals to avoid post-A-bomb radiation levels?

Are satellites (or satellite parts) ever made from metal salvaged from pre-1945 shipwrecks? Possibly to ensure that those metals were refined before atmospheric A-bomb explosions increased the background radiation levels? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 4, 2009 - 17 answers

Please help my startup company start up!

Stuck trying to install Geant4 on my laptop. I get "Error 2", and warnings that multiple libraries are not in the expected locations (ordinary libraries like stdio.h). Are there any experienced installers out there who can kibbutz with me on this?
posted by IAmBroom on Jun 8, 2009 - 4 answers

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