Tagged: Radiation

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Soaking Up the Sun: The Chemistry Behind Sunscreen

It’s that time of the year again when longer days and warm sunshine beckon us outdoors. Promising progress of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts has led to the palpable hope that this summer will not be like the last, spent physically isolated...

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Why Do Hot Springs Smell Bad? Hydrogen Sulfide is to Blame

Hot springs are popular throughout the world, especially in colder climates. There’s nothing like soaking your body in steaming hot water surrounded by picturesque views of snow-capped mountains. But hang on. Why is there an odor of rotten eggs coming...

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Alpha, Beta, Gamma: Types of Ionizing Radiation

Radiation is all around us. From radio waves transmitting information to the visible spectrum that gives our world color. Heck, even talking produces radiation in the form of sound. But what about the more dangerous forms of radiation: alpha and...

How To ‘Date’ A Dinosaur Fossil

No, not that kind of dating… Rather, ‘dating’ a dinosaur bone dug out of the ground involves a series of processes that allow us to estimate just how long the thing had stuck around on this Earth. This helps us...