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Is beer safe after a nuclear event

I've heard somewhere that beer is safe to drink after being exposed to radiation (like after a nuclear explosion). Is it true? And why would it be safe to drink it while water would not be safe to ...
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Does nuclear radiation increase the risk of heart attacks?

In Adam Higginbotham's article Chernobyl 20 years on, it's implied that nuclear radiation increases the risk of heart attacks: Now, nearly 20 years after the disaster, the survivors of Chernobyl ...
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Can X-ray scanners damage mobile SIM cards? [closed]

My bag passes through an X-ray scanner every day. They insist that our mobile phones need to be in the bag as well. I have heard from a person that continuous scanning damages the phone's SIM card. ...
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Can bentonite clay remove radiation from the human body?

According to sites like this, bentonite clay can absorb and remove radiation from the human body. Calcium Bentonite clay is the natural detoxing agent that can be used internally, externally ...
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Does eating food which was exposed to *ionizing* EM radiation pose a health risk?

From what I've read, non-ionizing EM radiation is harmless. There is little evidence that it causes any health issues. This is also the consensus here on Skeptics, that's the case in mobile phone ...
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Is food in Alberta, Canada contaminated with radioactivity?

A Canadian high-school student is reported to have found that some kelp from supermarkets is radioactive beyond safe limits. “Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International ...
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Metal objects through X Ray (cabinet scanners) daily [closed]

I work in a secure facility where all my belongings have to be x rayed daily. Is there any possibility that metal objects such as watches, keys, coins etc. can absorb any harmful radiation? Thanks.
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Does a mobile plugged in to the charger produce more radiation?

I've been hearing this a lot lately, but I can't seem to find anything to disprove (or prove) this claim. I know that a weak signal means the phone produces more radiation (which makes sense), but a ...
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Do tinfoil hats protect against any sort of radiation?

Delusional conspiracy theorists are commonly portrayed as wearing tin-foil hats to protect against mind-control rays from sinister organisations such as ...
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Can NSA's portable surveillance radars emit 1kW of RF energy?

I came across this talk by Jacob Appelbaum, where he revealed some tools used by NSA for the mass surveillance via TAO. At the end of the talk he also added that the NSA could actually beam a 1 kW RF ...
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Does this video show Fukushima Daiichi radiation in San Francisco?

On December 23, 2013, a man who goes by the YouTube username KillYour0TV took a Geiger counter to Pacifica State Beach in San Francisco and detected disturbing levels of radiation as he approached the ...
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Is there a difference in radiation produced by a cell phone during a call? [closed]

Is there a difference between the radiation levels of cell phones during a call compared to simply being turned on? I don't understand the fundamental technology very well but I'm trying to look into ...
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Could some pacific fish (export, or migratory) be dangerous for those at-risk of certain cancers?

It seems plausible that increased radiation exposure could negatively impact the health of these populations. cancer patients currently on a chemoradiation regime cancer survivors who are at-risk ...
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Do radiation hotspots occur “naturally”?

"Naturally" is probably not the best term, but I wonder if one chose a random city and poked about with a Geiger Counter, would one find similar figures to those reported here by a civic group and ...
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Are dental X-Rays safe?

Although I had to take 5 this month on individual teeth, my dentist reassured me that with the current technology there is absolutely no risk and that I can take as many as I need. If you search the ...
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Does wifi stunt cress growth?

A couple of weeks ago there were reports of an experiment by schoolchildren that appears to demonstrate that wifi router radiation adversely affects cress. There's been time now for the leading ...
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Radiation dangers with GPS/navigation cellphone apps [closed]

From Wikipedia: Some national radiation advisory authorities... have recommended measures to minimize exposure to their citizens... Do not use telephone in a car without an external antenna I'd ...
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Does Japan export food that is unsafe to eat in Japan?

This claim states that some of the foodstuff that leaves Japan is deemed unsafe there because of the radioactivity levels, and is exported to places with more lax restrictions, like the United States. ...
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Can CT scans performed on a child's head lower his or her intelligence?

The Daily Mail reports that X-rays and CT scans performed on a child's head could lower their IQ: The study is the first to suggest that medical X-rays to the head could harm the development of ...
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Does alcohol consumption have an effect on radiation poisoning?

I've just watched the Vice video Hunting the Radioactive Beasts of Chernobyl where they claim that drinking alcohol would prevent (or at least reduce) radiation poisoning effects. However, I've been ...
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Have people died of cancer from the Fukushima daiichi nuclear accident?

A Japanese person wrote in her diary today that her English tutor told her that a lot of people in Japan have got cancer due to the Fukushima daiichi nuclear accident, and were already dead last year ...
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Could Fukushima daiichi cause the health problems suffered by the USS Ronald Reagan crew?

I came across the Huffington post article Fukushima And The Navy: Sailors Sue Japan Nuclear Plant Owner, Saying Disaster Made Them Sick. It's talking about a lawsuit against the operators of Fukushima ...
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Do depleted uranium shells cause birth defects?

I've seen a few articles on depleted uranium rounds possibly causing birth defects in the last few years, but most of the articles have a 'doubter'. From what I can tell, the numbers aren't ...
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Is non-ionizing radiation known to cause any health issues?

Non-ionizing radiation, like radiation from mobile phones, electric power transmission, and radio frequencies, etc. is regarded by the majority of people as safe to the human body. However the World ...
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Does a cell phone emit 1000 times more radiation when its battery is low?

Found this gem on G+: The rest seems all extremely circumstantial except the very last item. The 'radiation' they're talking about, I'm assuming, is electromagnetic radiation - which would be ...
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Can radiation from wireless phones and computers harm babies? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do mobile phones have anything to do with brain cancer? There is some discussion about the harm of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted from mobile phones and other ...
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Are train passengers exposed to dangerous levels of cell phone electromagnetic radiation?

This article warns of cell phone radiation on trains: Train passengers exposed to cell phone electromagnetic radiation (Better Nutrition) Passengers on packed trains and subways may be exposing ...
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Is Cesium-137 detectable in all wine bottled after the 1940's?

In the White Collar TV Episode Bottlenecked it was claimed that a test of all vintage wines bottled before the ABomb would not contain any Cesium-137 but wine bottled in the years since all contain ...
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Does the radioactivity on Hiroshima's soil affect radiometric dating?

I heard several times from creationists that now, if scientists would examine the land in Hiroshima, it will tell them it is millions of years old all because of the atom bomb. And because of that ...
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Can the Bioguard X bracelet protect the body from radiation?

We have TV commercials in Israel right now of a new invention that is also planned, from what I read, to be marketed worldwide. It is a bracelet that according to the company protects you from ...
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Is there a lower limit on radiation that's harmless to humans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is some level of radiation “good for you”? According to a Fox News article by Steven Milloy, called Trillion-Dollar Radiation Mistake, A federal ...
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How dangerous are rare earth processing by-products?

A rare earth processing plant's waste could contain the element Thorium, which is radioactive. I've pored through plenty of articles and Thorium by virtue of its long half-life has a very low amount ...
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Is it okay to eat food that has been through airport x-ray scanners

I took 4 flights last week, and my chocolate was scanned 4 times in the baggage scanner. Is it safe to eat that?
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Do cacti absorb harmful radiation emitted by computers?

It is a common belief that cacti absorb radiation; consequently, a lot of people put potted cacti by their computer as a safety means. Do cacti actually absorb radiation? Even if so, will a small ...
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Is Polycontrast Interference Photography (PIP) legit?

Polycontrast Interference Photography supposedly creates images of a body's "organizing template of energy" by detecting interference patterns in 'ordinary' photographs using special software filters. ...
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Was stable iodine distributed post-Fukushima by the Japanese government?

In Canadian Medical Association Journal: Japanese Response to Fukushima Even Worse than Communist Russian Response to Chernobyl … “The Japanese Government Was Lying Through Its Teeth”, there are a lot ...
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Did nuclear tests on the Marshall Islands cause increased cancer rates?

The Marshall Island have been the site for many nuclear tests by the United States. While it has a small population of around 69,000, they have benefitted by receiving around $759 million dollars in ...
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Is it risky to use a cell-phone in a hospital?

Cell phones are forbidden in a lot of hospitals because they interfere with the medical instruments. I've found studies that prove both that it's dangerous and both that it's not: No, it's not ...
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Is radioactive decay the cause of the high temperature of the Earth's core?

I've seen in some sources that the Earth's inner temperature is because of nuclear decay, namely uranium and such. I find it hard to believe since volcanoes aren't know for spewing long half-life ...
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Is x% noise on TV due to Big Bang's background radiation?

I've heard quite a few times that a certain percentage (usually claimed 1%) of the noise you see on TV comes from the background radiation of the Big Bang. Is this a myth? If not, I seems like a ...
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Do organic cigarettes, such as American Spirit, contain less radioactive material than other brands?

Many cigarettes contain radioactive polonium from the use of phosphate/apatite fertilizers. The National Institutes of Health lists tobacco as by far the largest source of radiation for the American ...
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Does radon gas significantly increase one's chances of getting lung cancer?

When I was buying a house, one of the environmental checks that had to be done was the level of radon buildup in the building. It turns out the house that I bought has just below the recommended safe ...
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Are decorative magnets on refrigerator dangerous?

I got an email with a link to a Facebook page with information about some obscure Princeton University research on how decorative refrigerator magnets increase the risk of cancer due to consumption of ...
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Does frequent cell phone use reduce the sperm count of men? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the presence of a cellphone affect sperm count or heart rate? Is cell phone use harmless or is there a chance that it lowers the sperm count of men? New ...
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Were radio frequency radiation levels raised to accommodate mobile phones?

When I was at university (in Australia) a lecturer mentioned that the Australian standard for radio frequency radiation levels were deliberately raised to accommodate mobile phone technology. So that ...
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Can products that claim to to reduce electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones be substantiated?

There are some products, stickers that you put onto your mobile phone for example, that claim the following Boost your natural defenses in the presence of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) ...
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Is some level of radiation “good for you”?

"With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably ...
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Is Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster “on par” with Chernobyl?

Many news organizations (e.g. CNN, Huffington Post, etc) are referring to the Japan incident as something as severe as Chernobyl, i.e. a nuclear event with International Atomic Energy Agency rating ...
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Have several hundreds of thousands of people died because of the Chernobyl disaster?

The Wikipedia article on this is littered with [citation needed] and a commenter on hacker news linked to it while stating: Chernobyl cost several hundred thousand lives. Let's hope and pray ...
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Is background radiation a secondary concern over radioactive particles themselves?

I've heard that the level of "background radiation" is not the primary concern in a radioactive accident; instead the radioactive particles emitting the radiation, and the absorption thereof, are the ...