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- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Radiation lesson
- From: James Folsom <jamesfolsom at home_com>
- Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 13:49:12 -0500
- References: <200110290848.f9T8m3M11169 at actwin_com>
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Sorry to bring this up again. But I think I can clarify the situation
for everyone, once and for all.
The technology to be used for pasteurizing mail will be provided by a
company called SureBeam. They will provide it through their parent
The technology is the same technology found in your TV, Monitor,
electron microscope. It is simply an electron gun. Unfortuanately I
have been unable to determine what range of acceleration voltages would
be used. The surebeam device is designed to penetrate the final
packaging of the product. Surebeam provides a device that is integrated
into the process line. This is different from gamma irradiation which
requires a specialized facility.
The electron beams can be used to generate a focused beam of x-rays as
well. So there is the option of using X-rays instead of electrons.
The process used by the postoffice will destroy photos and credit cards.
Also Baccillus anthracis spores are resistant to many killing
processes. I believe the Xray radiation needed to kill the spores will
almost certaintly be lethal to all higher lifeforms. Though I am sure we
won't have long before we know if it kills aquarium plants. This could
signal the end of slipping plants across state lines by mail unnoticed.