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Long term bad news

I've seen lots of discussion over the years about how we send clear messages across time, for example nuclear waste sites and how we warn 50 generations down the road. This is a corrollary, what substances are the most dangerous over the long term? I assume it's some form of radioactive material , but which is the worst for the longest?
posted by Unioncat on Nov 11, 2016 - 2 answers

I'm looking for all thing unusual, little known and also ATOMIC

The other day I read this thing about ATOMIC GARDENING And apparently this controlled mutation is the reason we have ruby red grapefruits. So my question is what ELSE is atomic that I didn't know about? Is there anything else using radiation unconventionally or atomic technology in novel places I didn't suspect?
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 21, 2014 - 14 answers

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

Um, why is my sushi glowing?

How do we know whether the fish we eat is essentially free of Fukushima radiation? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Sep 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Where did all the radium watches go?

Is it legal for me to purchase a used radium watch? If so, where can I find one? If I had one, how hazardous would I be to the people around me, if at all?
posted by rtimmel on Apr 29, 2013 - 15 answers

What are these radioactive cylinders?

Can you identify what this truck is carrying? A truck towing two trailers, each with 4 cylinders. Marked radioactive. (photo inside) [more inside]
posted by MiG on Jun 26, 2011 - 13 answers

I don't want to become known as the "tiny rocks bomber"

I want to give some trinitite as a Christmas gift. This involves transporting it across state lines. Am I going to run into problems? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Dec 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find the ending

I'm trying to find a Japanese short film about two guys in a sushi restaurant who try to out-order an older man. There's no dialogue and it was weird and quite funny, finishing with a radioactive wasabi show-down. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

WHERE ARE THE TRITIUM SPHERES?!?!

Who regularly sells 10-18mm tritium spheres (pictured at bottom), and where can I buy them reliably? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Aug 14, 2009 - 14 answers

All your beta are belong to us

Where can I get some small quantities of radioactive materials for science fair type projects? [more inside]
posted by neuron on Mar 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me remember the story of the hapless physics student.

I remember reading a true story online about an accidental death in a physics laboratory during the early studies of radioactivity and nuclear physics experiments. I think it involved a clumsy physics student who accidentally dropped a brick of radioactive material onto a stack of these bricks which set off some sort of chain reaction. Can someone find this story online for me?
posted by Paul KC on Dec 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Radioactive Man...

My friend was just diagnosed with Graves Disease and the doctor decided it was so serious he should immediately get radioactive iodine treatment, and he was given a 16mCi pill today. So, apparently, he is very radioactive right now, and would set off Homeland Security terror alerts in airports if he walked through. [more inside]
posted by extrabox on Feb 21, 2006 - 15 answers

Examples of radioactivity in nature

Are there any animals that have evolved a use for radioactivity? If so, what ways is it used? If not, why has this not happened? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 23, 2005 - 32 answers

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