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[Jun. 15th, 2017|09:04 pm]
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gaskets
Anyone here know much about theraputic/pharmaceutical radiochemistry?
Palladium-103 decays by electron capture from an inner shell, which emits an electron neutrino, and subsequently emits an x-ray when another outer electron falls into the hole where the previous one had been.
But we are definitely detecting a ton of beta particles coming off my friend. (As in, the geiger tube with the beta window closed detects about half as many particles as when it's open.)
Scattering from subsequent impacts of ionizing radiation?

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[User Picture]From: topum
2017-06-16 10:48 am (UTC)
That reminded me how we were drinking mineral water from a spring in one of Romania's mountain spa towns after hiking with some locals and after we were done they told us "Good water but you can't drink it too much or too often, it is naturally radioactive, it is radon water."
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2017-06-17 07:01 am (UTC)
There are springs in Colorado where the water bubbles with all the radon coming out. They were popular as spas for people who had arthritis in the early 1900's.
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[User Picture]From: topum
2017-06-17 10:01 am (UTC)
The same in Romania we were told but popular till 1980s and used now too.

Edited at 2017-06-17 10:09 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2017-06-17 03:34 pm (UTC)
They work. They work by partially wiping out your immune system, but that might be preferable to the chronic pain of advanced arthritis.
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[User Picture]From: topum
2017-06-17 03:39 pm (UTC)
Apparently they do, there are a lot of fans of them in Romania and they have one in Moldova, they are part of official medicine here too. We will be going to Romania for a couple of days soon and will be soaking in those thermal mineral springs too (not radon / radioactive ones though).
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2017-06-17 03:43 pm (UTC)
If you're less than 60 years old, I think it's a good idea to avoid radioactive sources because you have plenty of time to develop cancer.
With that said: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation_hormesis is some interesting reading, that may explain why people who live at very high altitudes live so long. We can repair our DNA much better than bacteria can, so radiation can be antibiotic.
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From: eub
2017-06-19 09:49 am (UTC)
Hm I'd have to run the numbers, but I have a stroooong gut feeling that any visible bubbles of 1 atm 100% radon are way too much radon. Killin' bubbles, is what those are.
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-06-16 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yes. Bremsstrahlung.
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[User Picture]From: alton_lust
2017-06-16 09:49 pm (UTC)
Dude i dont even parse the question.

Supposedly they half life very rapidly and in a week you're within normal levels again
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From: (Anonymous)
2017-06-17 05:08 am (UTC)
Mostly bremsstrahlung. The beta window blocks low energy gammas too.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2017-06-17 07:01 am (UTC)
interesting. I guess that makes sense, as they are such low-energy gammas.
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