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The reality of radiation
Rep. Brandon Williams
Rep. Byron Donalds
For many Americans, the word “radiation” is often associated with fear of the unknown, yet the medical and scientific reality is that radiation is ever present in nature and is beneficial to human life. The truth behind radiation historically has been distorted and stigmatized—even the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recognizes that “radiation is naturally present in our environment, as it has been since before the birth of this planet.”
To embrace a responsible, low-carbon energy future, the American public should be aware of the beneficial applications of radiation instead of fearing it due to unsubstantiated hysteria generated by opponents of responsible nuclear energy.
Tanmoy Das, R. V. Kolekar, R. K. Gopalakrishnan
Nuclear Technology | Volume 207 | Number 4 | April 2021 | Pages 596-603
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2020.1792754
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The detection and measurement of transuranic activity in ambient air by counting alpha particles is confounded due to the presence of short-lived alpha-emitting isotopes due to radon and thoron. This paper describes an algorithm intended for use in a gross alpha-based continuous air monitor. The algorithm is capable of generating the variation of gross alpha count rate with time from air filter samples using in situ–measured radon progeny data. The required input of atom concentration can be obtained from a simple experimental technique, which is discussed here.