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Cosmic Rays: Space Radiation on Earth

Cosmic “rays” are mostly protons, alphas, and heavy ions — that is, atoms with all the electrons stripped off, hurdling at relativistic speeds. We don’t see these on Earth due to the protective qualities of Earth’s geomagnetic field — since these particles are charged, they’re easily influenced by a magnetic field. 345 more words

Fission Fragments

Diamond Batteries That Last For Millennia

Like many industrialized countries, in the period after the Second World War the United Kingdom made significant investments in the field of nuclear reactors. British taxpayers paid for reactors for research, the military, and for nuclear power. 374 more words

Chemistry Hacks

EPA to Test Home Near Landfill for Radioactive Contamination

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency will test for radioactive contamination at a home near a St. Louis County landfill, a Superfund site where illegally buried nuclear waste sits near an underground fire, the EPA’s regional administrator said Tuesday. 474 more words


Lawsuit Claims Radioactive Dust Found in Kitchen Linked to West Lake Landfill

BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOX) – A Bridgeton couple files a lawsuit today claiming tests show radiation found in their home and in their garden is linked to the… 256 more words


MARIE CURIE (1867.11.07)

MARIE CURIE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/7:  Receiving two Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry for her pioneering research in radioactivity, Marie Curie was born on this date in 1867. 

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Radioactive Waste at Secret Nuclear Site in Danger?

While I was busy growing up, the US Army Corps of Engineers was building a nuclear powered research center 800 miles from the North Pole in Greenland. 486 more words