rpm: Half-life of Polonium-210 is 138 days. That means approximately .000006% polonium is remaining, that's pretty damn sensitive.Given that the spy used as the poster child for polonium poisoning left radioactive trails all over town, this doesn't seem particularly reasonable.
nekom: Slaxl: Why would the Russians want to kill Arafat?The Russians aren't the ONLY ones with polonium, though that is a very small club.
ShonenBat: I'd like to know who has been in possession of these articles after his death. Too many folks interested in planting evidence.
error 303: rpm: Half-life of Polonium-210 is 138 days. That means approximately .000006% polonium is remaining, that's pretty damn sensitive.Given that the spy used as the poster child for polonium poisoning left radioactive trails all over town, this doesn't seem particularly reasonable.I actually did the back calc on this a bit ago.At 180 mBq/L, a half life of 138 days, and 2920 days since his assasination, 21 half lives would have passed, meaning there would have been 2^21 (~2,100,000) times more polonium in his system when he died. Which would mean there would ~17,000,000 Bq of Po-210 in his system (assuming 40 L of blood in the human body). Which translates to about 0.1 micrograms of Polonium. The LD50 for Polonium is about 1 microgram, so this is about a factor of 10 low for a would be assassain.Additionally, radon plate out leaves behind Pol-210, which would adhere to surfaces, especially with static build up. If he was weary something that generates a lot of static, or that particles adhere to, or was a smoker (did Arafat smoke?), Po-210 daughters could easily create those kind of readings on clothing.So he was either very unlucky to have died from such a "small" dose of Polonium from an inept assasin, or those who did the investigation don't know a thing about radon.I highly doubt he was killed by polonium. If you saw how Litvinenko died it should be pretty clear that radiation poisoning is fairly obvious. A horrible way to die.
Diogenes: FTA: "Though Arafat (pictured, in 1974) in his lifetime was the most recognizable public face of the Palestinian movement, there were numerous competing groups led by Arafat rivals among the Palestinians."
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