XKCD as Science Resource

In a bit of a divergence from system administration I wanted to post about this excellent chart created by the brilliant author of XKCD. For those of you that aren’t familiar, XKCD is a web comic that touches on science and computing topics with a wonderful wit. Some of my favourite graphs include the Map of the Internet and Optimal Tic-Tac-Toe moves.

This latest chart is a map of the relative sizes of different radiation doses, which is relevant with the tragedy of Japan’s recent tsunami and its ageing reactors. It helps to clarify some of inaccuracies (and plain-old scaremongering) in the media right now.

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Radiation Chart

My heart goes out to the people of Japan right now, and it’s an added tragedy that so much focus is given to the reactors when there is so much else that needs to be focused on.


Australian Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal 2011