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Radioactive smuggling

A dirty bomb is not a good way to kill lots of people, but it is a great way to scare the hell out of a population. There are reports that Saddam Hussein investigated the possibility of making an RDD in the 1980s and gave up on the idea because it simply wasn’t deadly enough. […]

The radium age

My Great-Uncle Harvey was the only physician I knew as a kid. He delivered my father, my aunt, me, and my sister; he visited me in the hospital when I had my tonsils out; gave us our shots; and attended to all of the other minutiae of keeping us all healthy. In fact, it wasn’t […]

Radioactive tissues?

In the first radiological news story of 2012 Bed, Bath, & Beyond announced on January 12 that it had received a shipment of steel tissue holders (manufactured in India) that were contaminated with radioactive cobalt-60. As of this writing it is not quite certain exactly where the Co-60 came from, although there are some guesses (more […]