Radiation Link Crystal Clear

The wealthy who have more crystal glasses, pitchers and chandeliers in their house are less affected by background radiation and therefore have fewer health problems, says Doctor Merkel Van Der Gerber of Trondheim Medical Research Centre.

In a study involving data from over two hundred households, his team demonstrated that those houses with more lead crystal had consistently lower readings of Beta and Gamma radiation. In some cases, those households without crystal could have as much as 700% higher readings than those with.

“It is surprising to me. I would not have thought that such a correlation would be so apparent. We have seen previous studies that look at the air-conditioning units and how those with higher air-flow have more heavy elements, leading to higher levels of background radiation, but simply having the presence of crystal seems to be a significant factor,” he says, adding a warning, “But this is no substitute for clean living. We still advocate dusting regularly to remove dust-borne metals, and to keep air-conditioner use at a minimum.”

The type of crystal is significant, he adds. Higher lead content has a better blocking capacity. Glass with heavy metals like Uranium glass also contribute. The lower radiation reveals a lower rate of radiation related illnesses among the inhabitants.

“You can imagine that your crystal acts like a kind of sponge, soaking up high energy particles and isolating them. As a result of this study, I will certainly be investing in a crystal cabinet not only for looks but for my health as well.”ChesterLogoSmall

Giant Radiators to Cool the Earth

To address concerns of global warming, scientists in Seattle have proposed the construction of ‘Giant Radiators’ that would act like mammoth size heat-sinks, radiating out unwanted heat into space.

A conventional radiator uses convection, conduction and radiation to sink its thermal energy to the surrounding environment, whereas the new structures would rely solely upon radiation.

“The design is as efficient as we can make it. Still there are intrinsic inefficiencies that are physically impossible to overcome. Nevertheless, these can operate day and night, constantly absorbing ambient thermal energy and radiating it into space, reducing the overall temperature of the globe. Over time, we’re confident this would combat global warming,” says Doctor Pike, a member of the team that put together the proposal, “It’s not dissimilar to what astronauts use to maintain the temperature of their suits, only on a much, much larger scale.”

Since the net motion of energy is out into space, away from Earth, the overall temperature of the Earth will reduce. “The current simulations point to a 0.7 degree drop in average global temperature over a five year period,” says Dr Pike, “Physical trials may prove otherwise, of course, still it’s an exciting prospect.”ChesterLogoSmall