Skip to comments.A Man, A Plan, A Tin Can - Homemade Fallout Meter Could Be the New Duct Tape
Posted on 04/14/2003 8:59:32 AM PDT by shanecEdited on 04/14/2003 9:18:47 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
When Steve Jones carried a curious duct-taped tin can with wires protruding from its clear plastic top into Sen. Rick Santorum's office last month, a wide-eyed Senate staffer remarked, "I'm surprised you got this stuff up here."
So was Jones. But for reasons other than heightened security on Capitol Hill. For more than a decade, the house painter from Salt Lake City has run up against public indifference as he promoted the jury-rigged can he insists would save lives in a dirty-bomb attack by terrorists.
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This is why God gave us cats.
Put kitty out and see how long it takes him to glow or keel over. Instant dosimeter!
I'm kidding. Sort of.
Just curious: did he bring his own radioactive fallout source into the Senate building for this demo?
P.S. I think there's too much of this article posted to satisfy the WP folks.
Nuclear War Survival Skills - Oregon Institute of Science and ...
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includes directions on building the KFM and IIRC, can be downloaded in PDF format.
And you can buy them at the Museum of Science and Energy, about three miles from my home in Oak Ridge.
Depending on the strength of the radioactive fallout you might not notice anything, at that time, while you are absorbing a dangerous dose. Also, many that might contract a lethal dose could survive for days or even weeks before succumbing to it, again possibly without noticing anything till after they had already accumulated that lethal dose.
The following can be seen at www.radmeters4u.com and is compiled from FM 3-7. NBC Field Handbook, 1994, FM 8-9. NATO Handbook on the Medical Aspects of NBC Defensive Operations, 1996 and FM 8-10-7. Health Services Support in a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Environment, 1996. It is instructive in outlining the levels of radiation and their delayed health effects...
| Expected health effects for an adult assuming the cumulative total radiation exposure was all received within a weeks time. For children, the effects can be expected at half these dose levels.
TOTAL EXPOSURE ONSET & DURATION OF INITIAL SYMPTOMS & DISPOSITION 30 to 70 R From 6-12 hours: none to slight incidence of transient headache and nausea; vomiting in up to 5 percent of personnel in upper part of dose range. Mild lymphocyte depression within 24 hours. Full recovery expected. (Fetus damage possible from 50R and above.) 70 to 150 R From 2-20 hours: transient mild nausea and vomiting in 5 to 30 percent of personnel. Potential for delayed traumatic and surgical wound healing, minimal clinical effect. Moderate drop in lymphocycte, platelet, and granulocyte counts. Increased susceptibility to opportunistic pathogens. Full recovery expected. 150 to 300 R From 2 hours to three days: transient to moderate nausea and vomiting in 20 to 70 percent; mild to moderate fatigability and weakness in 25 to 60 percent of personnel. At 3 to 5 weeks: medical care required for 10 to 50%. At high end of range, death may occur to maximum 10%. Anticipated medical problems include infection, bleeding, and fever. Wounding or burns will geometrically increase morbidity and mortality. 300 to 530 R From 2 hours to three days: transient to moderate nausea and vomiting in 50 to 90 percent; mild to moderate fatigability in 50 to 90 percent of personnel. At 2 to 5 weeks: medical care required for 10 to 80%. At low end of range, less than 10% deaths; at high end, death may occur for more than 50%. Anticipated medical problems include frequent diarrheal stools, anorexia, increased fluid loss, ulceration. Increased infection susceptibility during immunocompromised time-frame. Moderate to severe loss of lymphocytes. Hair loss after 14 days. 530 to 830 R From 2 hours to two days: moderate to severe nausea and vomiting in 80 to 100 percent of personnel; From 2 hours to six weeks: moderate to severe fatigability and weakness in 90 to 100 percent of personnel. At 10 days to 5 weeks: medical care required for 50 to 100%. At low end of range, death may occur for more than 50% at six weeks. At high end, death may occur for 99% of personnel. Anticipated medical problems include developing pathogenic and opportunistic infections, bleeding, fever, loss of appetite, GI ulcerations, bloody diarrhea, severe fluid and electrolyte shifts, capillary leak, hypotension. Combined with any significant physical trauma, survival rates will approach zero. 830 R Plus From 30 minutes to 2 days: severe nausea, vomiting, fatigability, weakness, dizziness, and disorientation; moderate to severe fluid imbalance and headache. Bone marrow total depletion within days. CNS symptoms are predominant at higher radiation levels. Few, if any, survivors even with aggressive and immediate medical attention.
"Just curious: did he bring his own radioactive fallout source into the Senate building for this demo?"
Yes, but it was just a common smoke detector.
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