People generally associate fear with “nuclear”, “radioactive” and “insects”. It is speculated that a release of radioactive living insects would instill more fear into the general public than a “traditional” style radiological dispersion device (RDD). This paper evaluates the potential threat of an insect-based RDD using experimental data. The results of this project found that insect-based RDDs are an insignificant threat due to the challenges in making insects radioactive enough to pose any danger to humans without killing the insects.
Goddard, Braden; Metwally, Walid; and Ababneh, Ahmad
"Irradiation Experiment for Living Insect-Based Radiological Dispersal Device,"
International Journal of Nuclear Security:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7290/ijns040103
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