Re: Radioactive decay and long-term preservation

Amara Graps (
Sun, 24 Oct 1999 11:02:39 +0100

Spike Jones ( Sat, 23 Oct 1999 writes:

>Robert, I was on a camping trip during the radioactivity-impact-
>>on-protoplasm-due-to-nearby-exploding-star discussion that went on the
>week >before Extro4. Ill hafta dig thru the archives

You may find this essay helpful:

Will a Nearby Supernova Endanger Life on Earth? by Michael Richmond

His essay considers the following emission from a nearby supernova

  1. optical and near-optical light
  2. X-rays from the explosion itself
  3. X-rays from the supernova remnant
  4. gamma rays
  5. neutrinos
  6. energetic particles

Hope that helps,


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