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Date: 08/14/10 03:02 PM

52 Responses to Diffusion Cloud Chamber Shows Radon Decay

  1. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2010 at 10:00 am
    Link: Diffusion Cloud Chamber Shows Radon Decay - Warning: geeky science content--very cool though.
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    AlienExpress Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:11 pm
    i think unitednuclear.com sells small diffusion cloud chambers as well as the chemicals to do such stuff.
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    hiblagrande Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    That is rad!
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    JamesButlin Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    I don`t know what it is.. but I want one! Could stare at that for hours..
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    Gortrok Male 18-29
    773 posts
    August 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    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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    Ace_Mazta Male 13-17
    699 posts
    August 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    a;sldkjf
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    WRNKLDTITFUZ Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm
    i hope this doesn`t go out on the market for rich raver kandi dbags
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    SnapsForMe Female 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    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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    thefireguy22 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm
    the narrator sucks.
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    jkfld Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    This video is an excellent way to visualize how radon gives you lung cancer. It punches holes in the structure of your DNA with those little cannonball shots. All it takes is a single alpha particle to take out the right chunk of code. If the cell isn`t mortally wounded, if the error isn`t corrected, and if the cell is still physically able to, it`ll replicate. If all goes well with its progeny, you get a tumor.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm
    i agree the video doesnt to the science justice!
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    alexander_xx Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm
    @hiblargrande:

    excellent pun usage there sir, i tip my hat to you
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm
    Double Alpha Decay! All the WAY!
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    August 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm
    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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    darkgear6 Male 70 & Over
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    August 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    lolwut
  16. Profile photo of Kratos-Zan
    Kratos-Zan Male 18-29
    134 posts
    August 14, 2010 at 6:12 pm
    quite cool. technology is amazing.
  17. Profile photo of inversegrav
    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm
    I want one.
  18. Profile photo of RockWell
    RockWell Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm
    I have never been more entertained..... well except for when Gladiator fought....
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 6:53 pm
    Wednesday, 3:30pm, University of Technology, Berlin. Got it.
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    TadnJess Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm
    That cameraman probably got enough X-ray exposure from the radium to give him flipper babies tho...
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    duckinfuh Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    i nerdgasm`d
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    Wibble4321 Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    TadnJess - except no xrays are produced and a thin sheet of glass is perfectly adequate to stop alpha particles.
  23. Profile photo of ROK9
    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm
    what?
  24. Profile photo of MrHyde
    MrHyde Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm
    That is...

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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm
    I hate her friggin voice but that was award-worthy.
    Holy shi.t.
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    SPrinkZ Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    "That is rad!"

    oh my god. Hahahaha
  27. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm
    >>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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    hairyshyt Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2010 at 12:24 am
    Next step is to make a radioactive snowglobe.
  29. Profile photo of Homegrown71
    Homegrown71 Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 1:05 am
    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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    DRxSATANx Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 1:36 am
    damn thats trippy
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    razordragon Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 2:09 am
    @ 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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    Joshalos Male 13-17
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    August 15, 2010 at 2:16 am
    "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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    Joshalos Male 13-17
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    August 15, 2010 at 2:22 am
    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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    alpensepp Male 70 & Over
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    August 15, 2010 at 2:59 am
    she has a strange accent.
  35. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 15, 2010 at 3:51 am
    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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    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 5:20 am
    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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    sawdusty Male 40-49
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    August 15, 2010 at 6:07 am
    Meh. would be more interesting if they got someone like Billy Maze to narrate it.
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    wyngit Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 6:48 am
    seriously needs a better narrator.
  39. Profile photo of shappy
    shappy Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 8:50 am
    we learned about this in physics its really cool
  40. Profile photo of martinikene
    martinikene Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 9:23 am
    And it is useful for ?
  41. Profile photo of Neagle
    Neagle Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2010 at 9:32 am
    Next time I find myself in Berlin I will check it out. I applaud the narrator for sharing this video.
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    geekphr34k Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 9:52 am
    NO we need the shamWOW guy to demonstrate this!!! if only he was super geeky...
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    Bioshocker Male 13-17
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    August 15, 2010 at 10:53 am
    I`m off to Berlin! Very good display :)
  44. Profile photo of oxyl
    oxyl Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2010 at 11:00 am
    that is beyond awesome
  45. Profile photo of danthew
    danthew Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    "And it is useful for ?"

    Science, bitch. Science.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    awesomeness
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm
    ...and a few Gamma rays here and there. Score!
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    mollyscary Female 13-17
    259 posts
    August 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm
    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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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    August 16, 2010 at 7:23 am
    Looks neat.
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    jib Male 18-29
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    August 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm
    ez totally aszowme
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    August 17, 2010 at 8:47 am
    ya know what`s not totally awesome....germans saying "totally awesome"

    DEY TUK ER JOBS!
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    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 3:45 am
    holy poo berlin here I come!

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