Monday, June 02, 2008

Now you may be able to nuke your food while it's still on your counter top

Rice professor Bill Llope, of Rice's Bonner Nuclear Laboratory, has been testing granite counter tops with interesting results - he detected 'alarming' levels of radiation. Tests in the lab show the presence of uranium ore, with traces of other radioactive materials like potassium and thorium. When he researched the literature, he found 20 papers with data from 100 samples. The current market has 1,600 types of granite from 64 countries. He says that although the granite can emit direct radiation as well as Radon gas, the risks are probably slim. However, being a science type, he's going to find out.