The Basics of Radioactivity – The Alpha Particle

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In the Boy Scout Atomic Energy Merit Badge book from 1984, it first states that a Boy Scout should be able to tell the meaning of the following items: alpha-particle,

An Experiment with Radiation and Wheat Grass, part 2

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This is part 2 of my experiment. Part 1 is here. To recap: Experiment name: Will irradiated wheat kernels produce mutated and/or otherwise deformed wheat grass when germinated? Hypothesis: Wheat

Official Sponsor Announcement

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I am pleased to announce that Quarta-Rad and Images Scientific Instruments have graciously provided me new geiger counters to review and test for them.  Thank you so much to these

Cosmic Ionizing Radiation while flying at high altitudes

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My wife and I flew from Bellingham, WA to San Diego, CA today on Allegiant Airlines.  We took a reading at Bellingham International Airport and background radiation was 0.11uSv/hr.  We

Radiation exposure and how not to die from it

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First my friends…Everything is radioactive and radiating us with alpha particles, beta particles, gamma rays and x-rays.  Bananas, rocks, concrete, lightning, the sun, the cosmos, your dog, your spouse, your

Alpha Beta Gamma…Kitchen Table!?

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Please read the entire post below…but if you don’t have the time, you can watch the video first: First off, this latest deluge of radioactive posts is not a joke. 

Ten minutes on a rock in my basement

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This rock (pictured below) varied from 6-25cpm over a ten minute sample. This is a granite-like rock from the Salmon River in Idaho that has hundreds of garnets embedded in

Kelloggs Unicorn Cereal Background Radiation

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In this video I did a quick test and found that Kellogg’s Unicorn cereal clicks the same as my concrete kitchen countertop. Do you want to explore the world of

Background radiation in my kitchen

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In this video you can see the background radiation on my concrete kitchen counter. 19 cpm. Do you want to explore the world of radiation on your own?  It’s easy