What happens when you trap 2000 fruit flies and expose them to a dose of 0.05 to 0.4 grays of radiation? You add another week to their lives—and considering they only live for two months, that’s saying something.
That kinda makes sense. The immune system will adjust and strengthen when minimally exposed to invasive conditions, much like being vaccinated or catching a disease in childhood. It’s not any different than any other sort of training/exercise, like running, cycling, swimming, etc.
How much of a dose of radiation do you get by snuggling up against your significant other for a year? Unless they’re glowing green, it’s a small dose, but it’s not nothing. We’ll tell you how much radiation you, and the people around you, emit.
Strontium-90 is not good news. It emits ionizing radiation, which means you want to keep it out of our body. Unfortunately, your body has other ideas. The body’s own mechanisms welcome this isotope in, and store it away.
Strontium isn’t the only calcium mimic. Strontium-89 has been used to treat cancer spread to bones, but has largely been replaced by Samarium-153 which is less toxic. These are most commonly used in prostate cancer, but Radium-223 has superseded both in that disease as it is more effective and probably safer.
We all dream of journeying (or living) among the stars. But space is a spectacularly awful place for humans, and we’re not suited for life there at all. And yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are all the ways we’ll need to re-engineer the human body, in order to make space our home.
In the six decades that we’ve been sending humans into space, scientists have learned just how truly bad it is for us to live off-planet.
Interesting – I don’t remember experiencing the sensation myself. I think it was an MRI I had, where they injected me with something (to display a thrombosis I imagine) – the first time, I was nearly sick on the operator. Maybe that was a CT scan? It’s been almost a decade…
There’s no radiation to be concerned with for an MRI, but there is for CT scans.
If you’ve been exposed to a certain type of radiation, you should waste no time getting decontaminated — by having a beer. This is a time-honored way of dealing with tritium contamination, from the early days of Los Alamos to today.
You’d need a doctor’s note to support your of tritium exposure using beer decontamination. Check your coverage – many health providers would want you to have the “generic version” of the medication, which could reduce the enjoyment of taking your medicine.
Any diuretic will do: wine, tea, coffee, soda pop…