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July 12, 2011

Good Guys and Gamma Rays

Have you ever seen a truck with a yellow, diamond-shaped “RADIOACTIVE” warning posted on it?  This writer has, and she’s never though much of it.

But last week, some cleverer people (who run a crassly-named blog) got suspicious of the trucks. They equipped themselves with a Geiger counter, passed a RADIOACTIVE truck on the road, flipped the counter on, and created a fine piece of citizen journalism. Their (admittedly quick) measurements showed that the vehicle was emitting Gamma rays at thirty-two times normal levels. 

A Google search for “radioactive trucks” returns very little save for this video—it’s uncharted environmental territory, and a reminder that we often don’t know the half of our impact on the planet.

So watch out for these trucks on the road, and be glad that the Internet can give two people with a premonition a voice.

--Mimi Dwyer

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