We all know ionizing radiation can be deadly, but how exactly does it damage the body? What does it do on a molecular level?
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Mars Astronauts Face Double the Cancer Risk as Previously Estimated, Says Study
“The radiation risk for a manned Mars mission would already be dangerously high, but damage to cells that are next to heavily damaged cells may double the estimated risk.”
The Internet Is Overreacting About Fukushima’s Radiation, Here’s Why
“Fascinatingly, the National Institute of Radiological Sciences told Japan Times they’d never even considered working with radiation this high, which is scary. Now that the cleanup crews finally have access to Reactor 2, they think they might be able to start removing the nuclear material by 2021, although some say later.”
Acute Radiation Syndrome: A Fact Sheet for Clinicians
“Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) (sometimes known as radiation toxicity or radiation sickness) is an acute illness caused by irradiation of the entire body (or most of the body) by a high dose of penetrating radiation in a very short period of time (usually a matter of minutes). The major cause of this syndrome is depletion of immature parenchymal stem cells in specific tissues.”
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