Friday, February 16, 2007

Friday Science Lesson

Which symbol do you think best represents the dangers of radiation?

This one:

Or this one:

The first symbol, the standard trefoil, has been in use since the late 1940's (see its history here).

The second symbol was launched yesterday by the International Atomic Energy Agency as a way "to help reduce needless deaths and serious injuries from accidental exposure to large radioactive sources. It will serve as a supplementary warning to the trefoil, which has no intuitive meaning and little recognition beyond those educated in its significance." Read more about it here.

Note that the United States has no obligation to follow this standard unless directed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Book of Ratings
has an interesting take on warning symbols. They have yet to comment on the new radiation warning sign.

So, what do you think? I tend to prefer this one:

Happy Friday, everyone!! Have a great weekend!!


Turnbaby said...


I loves me some Homer I do!

Dana said...

Hm...why can't it be a hot picture of Taylor with the warning, "Will make things melt!"

Maryfly said...

ROFL @ Dana! miss you sweet pea where you been??!! hugs!

Travis said...

When I worked for a major hospital, they had the radioactive warning signs posted in certain areas. Along with the sign, they had to post a written warning because no one knew what the symbol meant.

A danger or warning sign should be intuitive. It may not show what the danger is, but at least peeps understand that there is a danger ahead.

Wait...where the hell did Serious Trav come from???

Dana said...

Hey ya, Mary! Been around...and being skeered of Serious Trav...

Piacere said...

Turn: Homer is DA BOMB (get it?????)MUAHHHHHH!!!! HSGR!

Dana: That would be too HOT too post here!!!

Miss Fly: Sunny FLA, rollin' with the homies...HSGR to you, too!!

Trav: DAY-UM!!! You're skeering me, Trav!!!