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Fear of Japan's nuclear crisis far exceeds actual risks

The Christian Science Monitor -- Fear and hype surround radiation, which has become something of a bogeyman in part because of popular culture. A radioactive spider bit Peter Parker and turned him into Spiderman. Bruce Banner absorbed radiation in a bomb explosion and became The Incredible Hulk. Radiation from nuclear detonations morphed a small lizard into Godzilla.

“It gives you subliminal messages about the capacity of radiation to do harm,” Professor Bushberg says in a telephone interview.

The only public epidemic consists of high rates of cancer in children, who tend to be more sensitive to radiation.

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