Marie Curie and the “Radium Girls”

The nuclear danger, which has kept Japan and the world in terror since Fukushima, was born in 1898 with a discovery by Marie Curie. 19 years later, a few American workers noticed that when they blew their noses their handkerchiefs glowed. Girls who made luminous watches from radium without any safety precautions, and used it for painting their own nails, teeth and faces for fun, became the first victims of the quiet murderer called radioactivity. From their drama arose a lawsuit in which the settlement was insignificant, but which became a world sensation.

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