Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 12:12 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption If you're modest, think twice before having sex in your van, truck, or RV. Law enforcement uses roving vans with backscatter X-ray technology to peer inside vehicles (the same technology used in airport body scanners). In the Land of the Free, authorities don't request search warrants. More at Forbes here and here. What, you don't want an X-ray bath?
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RE[3]: Radiation?
by Alfman on Fri 2nd Dec 2011 23:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Radiation?"
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

Buzzila,

Are you able to speak authoritatively on the matter? That'd be very cool.

I'm curious how often cellular mutations naturally occur and what, if anything, is the typical outcome of such mutations.

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RE[4]: Radiation?
by Jondice on Sat 3rd Dec 2011 23:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Radiation?"
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2006-09-20

Buzzila has the right of it.

"Mutations" occur very frequently - tens of thousands per cell per day, but a very high frequency of them are repaired. See e.g. Friedberg, et al. DNA Repair and Mutagenesis, p.16.

Knowing this, it is perhaps good to know that the risk of cancer from additional radiation is extremely low, but bad to know that randomly speaking someone could get cancer (in fact it may even be highly likely that some few people get cancer because of the stunts our government is pulling.) I'm sure that is all very acceptable for them, as long as they can claim it is "safe".

Edited 2011-12-03 23:57 UTC

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