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Friday, April 01, 2011

Good news. Uranium is safe.

Its the message being sent to South Australian teachers.

Here's a kit, helpfully sent out by the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy.


Why exactly is it that there are health warnings in Japan? What is it that nuclear radiation does to cells and DNA?

These are no hints the publication.

And its science is crap too -- suggesting that nuclear radiation is just a scaled-up version of radio waves, or light.

Heaven help our students.

Heaven help Japan's.

In 1993 the reactor operator gave school students Mr Pluto, a cartoon character who flew around sprouting ‘facts’ and even encouraged a boy to drink a glass of water laced with Plutonium, saying that there’s nothing to be afraid of and Plutonium is safe to eat. The cartoon character wore a bright green hat with a friendly PU sign on the front. The cartoon boy, who drank the water, happily visited the toilet afterwards saying “Feels great! All fresh!”

Okay you South Australians, remember...

“Feels great! All fresh!”

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