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Watches worn by British soldiers during World War 2 gave off heavy doses of radon gas, scientists have discovered.
The time pieces, of which many have been handed though the generations as family heirlooms, give off the cancer-inducing gas due to their dials which are glow in the dark.
The technique to use the radon-based paint to give the handles on the watches a luminescent glow in the dark was commonly used by watchmakers in the 1920s through to the 1960s, but became part of military uniform during the Second World War.
Experts from the University of Northampton and Kingston University state that radon exposure is one of the leading causes of lung cancer.
https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/ ... don-cancer
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