29 November, 2012

Science behind the news: Perfect Poison?

This week the body of former PLO Leader Yasser Arafat was exhumed so that samples could be taken to determine if he was poisoned. The mysterious nature of Arafat's death in 2004 has led to much speculation, particularly among Palestinians, that he was poisoned, presumably by Israel. In July this year an investigation by Aljazeera culminated in a team of Swiss scientists announcing that they had "measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr. Arafat."