I have been a faithful fan of Radiolab for past 5 years.
I loved it so much to the point I started listening to episodes released before I became to know Radiolab. As a family member of the victim of nuclear accident, I was extremely offended by multiple comments made during this show.
I truly want a formal apology from the team produced this episode to all patients currently suffering from their complications from nuclear accidents occurred all over the world. I will never do it unless I hear an apology from you.
The Radiocarbon Revolution Since its development by Willard Libby in the 1940s, radiocarbon (14C) dating has become one of the most essential tools in archaeology.
The application of Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) for radiocarbon dating in the late 1970s was also a major achievement.
Compared to conventional radiocarbon techniques such as Libby's solid carbon counting, the gas counting method popular in the mid-1950s, or liquid scintillation (LS) counting, AMS permitted the dating of much smaller sized samples with even greater precision.
By comparing the amount of carbon 14 remaining in a sample with a modern standard, we can determine when the organism died, as for example, when a shellfish was collected or a tree cut down.