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Questions tagged [radiation]

A process in which energetic particles or energetic waves travel through a medium or space.

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Does 5G pose health risks?

Among others, the website RadiationHealthRisks claims: Second, according to experts, because of the shorter length of millimeter waves (MMV) required by 5G to support the bandwidth, these ...
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Did hundreds of birds die in a park the Netherlands? What caused it?

About a week ago at The Hague, many birds died spontaneously, falling dead in a park. You likely haven’t heard a lot about this because it seems keeping it quiet was the plan all along. However, ...
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Is the illegal nuclear waste at the Coldwater Creek Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health?

NOTE: This is not a copy of: Is the illegal nuclear waste at The Westlake Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health? which is a different nearby nuclear landfill that has a different issue of a ...
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Is the illegal nuclear waste at The Westlake Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health?

This Question refers to the 1 of 3 the nuclear landfill sites in residential/commercial areas in the St. Louis, MO area. These landfills are a result of the leftovers from the Manhattan Project ...
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Did the fallout from American nuclear tests kill hundreds of thousands of American civilians?

A recent paper has been making the social media rounds, that estimates the number of American deaths due to radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons testing to be between 340,000 and 690,000 between ...
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Do elevators increase radiation from cell phone use?

Literally every elevator I’ve been in during my stay in Israel has a sign which says that cell phone use is prohibited - not because of disturbing other passengers, or because the metal car blocks the ...
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Is there a scientific consensus that “no level of [ionizing] radiation is safe”?

This video criticizes Scott Pruit's EPA's proposed 10-fold increase of the maximum allowed radiation dose in water. It also claims scientists agree "no level of radiation is safe"; apparently, this ...
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Does radiation sensitivity decrease with age? [closed]

Just after 3:23 in this TED Radio Hour segment, featured guest Holly Morris makes the claim that "the older you are, the less detrimental the effects of radiation is." The context is in why ...
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Do cellphones pose any harm to pacemaker users?

In Japan it is very common to see signs on trains that encourage/require you to turn off your phone on trains, or just near the priority seating areas. The thinking goes that the signals somehow ...
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Are cell phones harmful to male fertility if kept in trousers pocket? [duplicate]

Several studies or press articles suggest that keeping a cell phone in a male's trousers pocket (and cell phone usage in general) may harm that men's fertility (increase sperm issues): http://www....
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Are low SAR phones better for health than high SAR phones? [duplicate]

Each device will have a different SAR value and follow this side https://www.rfsafe.com/samsung-cell-phones-rated-lowest-radiation-cell-phones/ they have say low SAR phone better than high SAR phone ...
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Does radiation from sleeping next to your smartphone affect your brain patterns negatively?

Vivian Giang writes in Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain: In fact, as part of Swart’s Neuroscience For Leadership class at MIT in April, she discussed the serious health ...
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Does Belarusian milk contain strontium-90 at levels above safety standards?

The Associated Press organised to test some milk in Belarus - an area affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident The state-run Minsk Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology said it found strontium-...
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Does low-dose radiation from X-rays or CT scans cause cancer?

Some researchers claim that, despite wide belief, that exposure to Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation (LDIR) from computed tomography (CT) and X-ray medical imaging scans does not cause cancer. Jeffrey ...
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Does placing metal inside the microwave damage the microwave?

It's practically common knowledge that microwaving metal objects can damage the microwave. I've heard this multiple times, mostly from my mom, and I've always believed it to be true. But is it? Would ...
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Is wireless charging harmful?

My phone has a wireless charging coil, and it got me thinking about how much EM radiation a charger would actually produce. I'm sure some tinfoil people are up in arms about it, and a quick Google ...
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Does Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radiation induce emotions or hallucinations?

This question about Aspartame cites a source which states that ELF, extra low frequency wave transmission, can be used to induce emotions, feelings or hallucinations. I did a quick Google search, ...
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Has first cancer case been directly confirmed to Fukushima cleanup?

Slashdot reports First Cancer Case Confirmed From Fukushima Cleanup: Following on from reports of elevated levels of child cancer and 1,600 civilians deaths from the evacuation, this is the first ...
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Are child thyroid cancer rates around Fukushima 20—50x higher?

According to Researcher: Children's cancer linked to Fukushima radiation By YURI KAGEYAMA Oct. 8, 2015 4:25 AM EDT A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been ...
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Can ionizing radiation be seen in videos taken on a mobile phone?

This article1, among other things, claims that mobile phones can be used to detect radiation: ... the presence of scintillating pixels – white dots that flashed on and off briefly in the mobile ...
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Is it possible to block the radiation emitted from cell phones?

I have heard conflicting reports on whether it is possible to block the type of radiation emitted from cell phones, for example by consumer products/shields such as http://www.amazon.com/Phone-Anti-...
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Have 1,822 people died in Fukushima as a result of the nuclear accident?

The news is showing photos of people protesting against the restarting of nuclear power plants in Japan. This photograph is making the rounds: Have 1,822 people really died in Fukushima as a result ...
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Does low-intensity radio-frequency radiation lead to cancer? [duplicate]

A recent review article, Oxidative mechanisms of biological activity of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation reached a surprising conclusion our analysis demonstrates that low-intensity RFR [...
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Does Zeolite remove heavy metals and radiation from the body?

This seems to be a potentially dangerous claim: The Scientifically proven Micronized Zeolite from Zeolite.com Zeolite is a breakthrough supplement that works at the cellular level by trapping ...
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Does this video of electromagnetic radiation from energy efficient bulbs indicate any danger?

This video on Facebook shows someone using an "electromagnetic radiation detector" to show that the new energy-efficient light bulbs give off alarmingly dangerous amounts of radiation. https://www....
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Do granite tiles emit radioactive radon gas?

I have read that granite tiles emit radioactive radon gas, which is a health hazard. Is this true?
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Has carbon dating indicated that live humans are 4000 years old?

A friend of mine told my wife that carbon dating is unreliable because it has been performed on live humans and indicated that the test subject(s) are 4000 years old. Is there any truth to this claim?...
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Does extremely low frequency radiation from mobile phones and tablets have adverse health effects?

Is ELF (extremely low frequency) radiation emitted by the electrical appliances' battery's current considered to have adverse health effects, or is this radiation too low to be considered? I'd like ...
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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 with ...
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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 EM 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 [goverments/aliens/NSA/CIA/FBI/liberals/...
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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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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 the ...
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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 ...