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Exposure To The Elements Essay

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Most of us would like to believe that we somehow make a difference in someone else’s life. Marie Sklodowska Curie unwittingly succeeded in doing that. She was born in Poland in 1867, but later moved to Paris to further her education. While working on her thesis, she was determined to find out why the uranium ore, pitchblende, was emitting more high energy rays than could be explained by the presence of uranium itself. In 1898, her efforts paid off when she discovered the two new chemical elements polonium and radium. She gave the emissions, of the then unfamiliar form of energy, the term radioactivity. Marie Curie won two Nobel Prizes: one for physics in 1903 and one for chemistry in 1911 ("Marie Curie - Biographical"). She started a chain reaction with her pioneering work in radioactivity; many scientists, like Albert Einstein, followed in her footsteps and started building on her theories and knowledge. As a result, her achievements still radiate into many aspects of our world. I am pursuing to get a Bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science because I am drawn to science myself, so I chose Marie Curie as the person to explore and highlight four ways in which she has changed my world.
To begin with, uranium was used for the creation of the atomic bomb. At the time, people thought it was the greatest scientific invention in history. In 1945, the U.S. detonated an atomic bomb over the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The United States Army Corps of Engineers reports that in both cities combined, an area of 51/2 square miles was devastated and anything still left standing was consumed in the ensuing fires. In total, 105,000 people were killed immediately, and 94,000 were injured (6). The casualties and sustained injuries were caused by exposure to the instant release of enormous heat and intense gamma radiation, and by falling debris from collapsing structures (9/10). Ironically, the original inventor of the atomic bomb, Leo Szilard, filed a request to have his concept of a nuclear chain reaction patented, to protect it from falling into the wrong hands where it could be used in malevolent ways (“Leo Szilard and the Invention of the Atomic Bomb”). The effect of the atomic bomb on me is of course not physical, but on an emotional and intellectual level. Anytime I watch a documentary or read a story about the effects of high level exposure to radiation, I experience a strong sense of horror. What's more, since the U.S. is supposed to be one of the civilized countries, I can’t help but feel a little bit guilty about the fact that an American President gave the order to use nuclear weapons on targets which consisted mostly of civilians.
In addition to the U.S. having used nuclear bombs, we now have the threat of other nations developing weapons of mass destruction. Our country has gone to war with Iraq over this issue, and it had a negative impact on people in many ways. For example, it resulted in a downward spiral for the air...

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