Diffusion Cloud Chamber Shows Radon Decay

Submitted by: CrakrJak 6 years ago in Science

Warning: geeky science content--very cool though.
There are 51 comments:
Male 3,076
holy poo berlin here I come!
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Male 3,915
ya know what`s not totally awesome....germans saying "totally awesome"

DEY TUK ER JOBS!
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Male 314
ez totally aszowme
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Male 6,694
Looks neat.
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Female 259
WANT...my cousin in Berlin is gonna steal it and send it to me and Ze Nazis are gonna rule again.
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Male 2,553
...and a few Gamma rays here and there. Score!
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Male 5,314
awesomeness
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Male 2,121
"And it is useful for ?"

Science, bitch. Science.
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Male 915
that is beyond awesome
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Male 593
I`m off to Berlin! Very good display :)
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Male 34
NO we need the shamWOW guy to demonstrate this!!! if only he was super geeky...
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Male 1,404
Next time I find myself in Berlin I will check it out. I applaud the narrator for sharing this video.
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Male 306
And it is useful for ?
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Male 757
we learned about this in physics its really cool
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Male 153
seriously needs a better narrator.
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Male 491
Meh. would be more interesting if they got someone like Billy Maze to narrate it.
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Male 3,425
Wow, what an amazing visual representation of radiation.

Also just a bit of info since nobody here really know what they`re on about:

Alpha radiation is very ionising and very dangerous, although luckily it doesn`t penetrate very far. The only place in the human body that is thin enough to be penetrated is your lungs, so as long as you don`t breathe it in you should be ok. If you do though... :S

Beta radiation is less dangerous, but penetrates further. But as long as you`re not too close to it there`s not a lot to worry about, it won`t get into your body.

Gamma radiation on the other hand is all around us and travels for miles. It can penetrate most things. It`s mostly harmless though, unless you`re exposed to high concentrated amounts it`s nothing to worry about.

So really, unless you`re exposed to high levels of radiation, it`s not something to worry about. It`s not like radioactive materials are extremely common anyway.
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Male 17,512
A primer on Alpha, Beta, Gamma radiation

Radiation Types

As you can see Alpha particles can be rather dangerous, Especially to your skin, Even though they don`t penetrate very far.
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Male 1,364
she has a strange accent.
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Male 9
Oh hang on, I think the radium was actually put in the chamber. In that case, it onto has a half life of 55 seconds which means it loses half of the radiation in that time. Then it takes another 55 seconds to lose half of THAT amount untill eventually it becomes a stable atom and not an ion. Still, if it breaks while it still is an ion, razordragon pretty much sums it up.
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Male 9
"But what do you do if the glass breaks and the radiation gets out?"

The radiation to begin with was background radiation. It`s all around us anyway and has no harming effects on us.
Also, the radioactive elements she put into the container weren`t permanantly in there but if they were, as long as you didn`t swallow any alpha or beta sources, you`d be fine.
If it was a gamma source, you`d better run. Fast.
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Male 336
@ homegrown. Alpha and Beta radiation is nothing to worry about, they have barely any penetration power and do significinatly less damage to cells. It`s gamma rad that you have to worry about.
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Male 321
damn thats trippy
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Male 224
More interesting than TV, least for the first few hours i`d say. But what do you do if the glass breaks and the radiation gets out?
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Male 217
Next step is to make a radioactive snowglobe.
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Male 5,194
>>i think unitednuclear.com sells small diffusion cloud chambers

They do, and you can also build one. They all require dry ice.
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Male 2,293
"That is rad!"

oh my god. Hahahaha
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Male 2,893
I hate her friggin voice but that was award-worthy.
Holy shi.t.
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Male 494
That is...

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Male 1,834
what?
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Male 445
TadnJess - except no xrays are produced and a thin sheet of glass is perfectly adequate to stop alpha particles.
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Male 891
i nerdgasm`d
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Male 147
That cameraman probably got enough X-ray exposure from the radium to give him flipper babies tho...
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Male 4,290
Wednesday, 3:30pm, University of Technology, Berlin. Got it.
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Male 56
I have never been more entertained..... well except for when Gladiator fought....
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Male 770
I want one.
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Male 134
quite cool. technology is amazing.
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Male 1,378
lolwut
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Male 2,056
I had to mute the video about half way through due to the slight drone of the narrator

other than that it was sick
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Male 3,322
Double Alpha Decay! All the WAY!
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Male 339
@hiblargrande:

excellent pun usage there sir, i tip my hat to you
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Male 25,416
i agree the video doesnt to the science justice!
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Male 419
the narrator sucks.
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Female 217
This is one of those things that`s cool on video but mind blowing in person. Like baby animals or double rainbows.
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Male 313
i hope this doesn`t go out on the market for rich raver kandi dbags
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Male 699
a;sldkjf
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Male 772
I saw the title of this post and I thought "Sweet! That sounds awesome!"... I now know I`m a geek :D
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Male 17
I don`t know what it is.. but I want one! Could stare at that for hours..
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Male 59
That is rad!
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Male 119
i think unitednuclear.com sells small diffusion cloud chambers as well as the chemicals to do such stuff.
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Male 17,512
Link: Diffusion Cloud Chamber Shows Radon Decay [Rate Link] - Warning: geeky science content--very cool though.
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