Lighting Up The Investigative Path With Polonium-210

November 10, 2013 11:22 PM

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Lighting Up The Investigative Path With Polonium-210

With a Swiss forensics investigation pointing to polonium-210 as a possible cause of Yasser Arafat's death, the radioactive element is back in the news.

Confirming whether the Palestinian leader died from an assassination attempt will be difficult, given polonium's short half-life and the fact that Arafat has been dead nine years, science writer Deborah Blum says.

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