Sunday, December 11, 2011

Nuclear Noir

Kiss Me Deadly

The ending of Kiss Me Deadly (1955) has been a center of debate among its fans and critics, while the authentic ending is now in place and the alternate one is offered as an extra. As Gabrielle opens the Pandora’s Box, she is exposed to the bright light of the Hell, detonating the ultimate Doomsday device. In physics, that bright (blue) light is actually called Cherenkov radiation, and anyone who sees it too closely will die a horrible death. Intense light, including Cherenkov radiation, is created by critical state of nuclear materials, emitting enormous amount of nuclear radiation, such as alpha, beta and gamma radiations.

Then, in the case of ”Kiss Me Deadly”, how much radiation are we talking about?
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