Sunday, March 20, 2011

How Much Radiation You Absorb Doing Everyday Tasks (Infographic)

It took me a good 10 minutes to wrap my brain around the information in this chart, but it really puts the danger of radiation exposure into perspective.


Spoiler: 
  1. Relatively we receive a lot of radiation naturally
  2. Beyond that, the most significant exposure to radiation is from medical scans
  3. Finally, you would have to live nearby (~50k) the site of a perpetual nuclear catastrophe at it's worst (such as Fukushima) for at least half a year straight to receive severe radiation poisoning.
That's not to put the harm of radiation poisoning lightly, but relatively, the potential threat of radiation poisoning is significantly less then what I imagined. 


Full size image. via io9

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