Radiation Victim Photos
Left: Newborn mouse radiated 10 days after conception
Right: Normal newborn mouse
Note nose size reduction, change in body shape, rigid elbow joint, rotated heels, abnormal feet, short, coiled tail, bulging of brain through defective cranium, open eyelids of the radiated mouse.
Feet of South Sea Islander radiation victim from atomic bomb fall-out. Burns, radiated areas have lost pigment and appear white.
Left: normal fruit fly
Lower Right: radiated fruit fly with bent wings and smaller eyes.
Upper Right: radiated fruit fly with darker color and smaller size.
Right hand of a pioneer radiologist. The first injury was seen in 1899. The hand was amputated in 1932 and death from cancer occurred in 1933.
Child victim of atomic test radiation in the South Sea Islands. Note hair loss 28 days after exposure.
Skeletons of mice. Normal mouse on the right. Note the abnormal skeleton of the radiated mouse on the left.... Not one bone is normal.
Here are more results of recent research which affect all this.
Firstly, it now appears that DNA repair mechanisms do not kick in until a minimum threshold of damage occurs. This is against the belief of many years and means that mutations can accumulate, without being repaired, when they are produced at a very slow rate ( ie, by "low" radioactivity). The second recent finding of great relevance is that low energy charged irradiation such as beta and alpha particle radiation produce far more damage to DNA (and no doubt other macromolecules in the cell) than was expected by extrapolating down from whole animal toxicity of high energy uncharged irradiation such as gamma rays and X-rays. One figure given was that DNA damage was 8 times what would be expected from the radioactivity expressed in millisieverts or disintegrations per second). Add to that the fact that ceramicised DU particles and their daughter products are in the box seat, inside the cell, to cause the greatest possible havoc and it should be obvious that
comforting words based on the slow rate of decay and short range are wildly irrelevant.
Simply, any exposure to nuclear materials/low level radiation, via repeated exposures, or a single greater exposure, can lead to DNA damage/genetic mutations and cancer. Therefore, any exposure can be considered a possible lethal exposure.
Therefore, it is important to keep radioactive metals out of recycling because it ends up in consumer products.
Recent incidences found radioactive metal in pots and pans made in China, school window frames in Taiwan etc.
Although the nuclear industry may try to make radioactive waste recycling look like a "green" thing, in essence, it is anything but.
There is no safe storage of long term radioactive waste yet developed. It continues to be a major problem, as is the threat of nuclear terrorism and nuclear war, accidents, and continual pollution from nuclear power plant emissions and uranium mining.
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