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(Yahoo)   Scientists say to steer clear of beer after a nuclear explosion. Then why bother living through it?   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, beer after a nuclear explosion, particle astrophysics, trace elements, distilled water, History of Science and Technology, potassium, merchant ships, Project 32.2a  
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2012-09-25 04:04:46 AM  
FTFA: During the tests, a wide range of canned and bottled beverages were positioned at distances between about 1,000 feet and 2 miles away from ground zero of two nuclear explosions.

When the dust had cleared, Wallenstein says the scientists found that only the bottles closest to ground zero of the explosions had much radioactivity, and even that radioactivity was "'well within the permissible limits for emergency use,' which is to say, it won't hurt you in the short term."

The investigators were thorough enough to have some human tasters on hand to perform "immediate taste tests" on the beer, and they found that, though the beer that was very close to ground zero had a "slight flavor change," on the whole, the drinks were all right. Just to be sure, the scientists also had samples taste-tested by no less than five "qualified laboratories," which all concurred that the bombed beers would do fine in a pinch.

Okay, (1) thank God for that, and (2) reading things like this makes me realize just how dull my own professional life has been.
2012-09-25 04:10:34 AM  
Metal cans, silicate bottles, and beer that may have picked up coppers and other contaminants in the brewing process are all much more susceptible to holding on to radiation than pure H20 in carbon-based plastic. But since most water sources are contaminated with radiation-drawing substances like chloride and potassium, Henning says the real problem would be finding truly pure water.

Still, if a bomb fell tomorrow, "I would go for the purest water you can make stored in a plastic bottle," said Henning. "Beer I would probably not drink under any circumstance."

2012-09-25 04:43:47 AM  
LOL - Chapel Hill - an art/jock/biz school trying to do physics

On a tour of a nuke plant, we were told that in the event of a spill, the exposed workers get sent home and get to drink all the free beer they can for a few weeks.


Now, as I type this, I'm wondering why there aren't more nuke accidents?
2012-09-25 04:51:22 AM  
Turpentine squeezins would still be okay, right?
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