Dr Rob Tarzwell guests to tell us the intimate, unpleasant details of radiation. Get your iodine pills and your lead shields prepped for this extra-long episode of Caustic Soda!

For our musical interlude, we honour the Fallout 3 video game by playing some classic Ink Spots “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano.” Listening to the episode in full may get you your Nuclear Science merit badge.

FOOTNOTES
Blue kryptonite is harmful only to Super-Bizarro

LINKS
Personal radiation protection:
http://www.radshield.com/

VIDEO
Fallout 3 trailer (Toren’s favourite video game OF ALL TIME, and it gets a 9.5/10 from Joe! A must-play!)

MOVIE RATINGS
Strange Brew:
Toren: 6.7/10
Joe: 7.5/10
Kevin: ??

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  • banks!

    Blue kryptonite is apparently also lethal to Ultra Man, the evil Superman variant and leader of the Crime Syndicate on Earth 2. That was a recent Justice League animated movie that dropped that bit of trivia.

    Anyway, I was listening to a (different) science podcast and they were discussing Chernobyl. Apparently nature has reclaimed the place. The radiation is still lethal and creatures with longer lifespans want to stay away. However, creatures with shorter lifespans, like deer, have moved back into the area and thrived.

  • Lars

    Great podcast, I didn’t even find anything to nitpick about.
    Since you wanted to know about the Cherenkov radiation:
    It’s correct that it gets produced by the particle moving faster than the speed of light in a medium. That is however not due to the particle being accelerated but due to the speed of light being reduced in a medium.
    (speed of light in medium = vac. speed of light / refractive index of medium)

  • Unspeakable Amorphous Blob

    Gotta love Toren’s laserbeam SFX.

  • Chew

    The plutonium core that killed Louis Slotin also killed Harry Daghlian a year before and so came to be nicknamed “The Demon Core”. It was finally disposed of in the Crossroads Able test.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_core