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.