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When the proton beam entered Anatoli Burgorski´s skull it measured 200,000 rads,when it exited having collided with the inside of his head,it weighed in at about 300,000 rads.
Over the next few days, skin on the back of his head and on his face just next to his left nostril peeled away to reveal the path the beam had burned through the skin, the skull, and the brain tissue. The inside of his head continued to burn away: all the nerves on the left were gone in two years, paralyzing that side of his face. Still, not only did Bugorski not die, but he remained a normally functioning human being, capable even of continuing in science.
"This is, in effect, an unintended test of proton warfare," he claims. More to the point, he believes, "I am being tested. The human capacity for survival is being tested.
Originally posted by buddhasystem
...To be able to get that close to the actual beam one has to defeat interlocks and other safety mechanisms. I do not doubt that this was the case.
Originally posted by Azador
Just proves you can learn all the booksmarts and be a fancy pants physicist, but not everyone can learn common sense.
Originally posted by full997
One of the parts of the story that piqued my interest the most was the part about the ages of the different sides of his face.
From what i read it would seem that the side of his face that was exposed to the particle beam "hasn't aged in 19 years".
It would seem that inadvertantly he has stopped ageing on one side of his face.
Studies of this man could possibly reveal ways of keeping peoples skin from showing signs of age, well as long as it can be done without the nerve damage.
Originally posted by ziggystar60
This was a very interesting and educational read, I highly recommend taking the time to read all the 9 pages of the feature story. Fascinating to learn about these "science towns".
...created a corona of nuclear contamination dwarfing the devastation of the Chernobyl disaster.