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Biological Effects

  • Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation
    This module provides information about the following topics: mechanisms of damage, tissue sensitivity, prompt vs. delayed effects, prompt effects table, partial body exposure, delayed effects, process of determining cancer risk, cancer risk estimates, risk perspectives, generic effects, and prenatal radiation exposure.

Commercial Use of Radioactive Materials

  • Radioactive Dentures
    Millions of people wear some type of dentures (false teeth). Some of them, especially the oldest ones, are made out of porcelain that includes a trace of uranium, a radioactive element.
  • Uses of Radioisotopes
    Some of the major uses of radioisotopes in the United States.
  • Uses of Uranium in Dinnerware
    This article examines the commercial use of uranium to achieve the unique red color of a popular dinnerware line.

Farming and Radioactive Risks

Flying and Radiation Risks

  • Radiation Risks for People Who Fly by Dr. Robert J. Barish
    Radiation exposure while flying is an issue most of us never think about. In 1992 the FAA acknowledged that pilots and flight attendants may receive more radiation annually than the average radiation worker - perhaps twice as much. Airlines were directed to educate their crew members about their radiation risk. This is the first book to address this issue.

Food Irradiation



  • How Lasers Work by Davin Flateau
    Article on the Laser Fantasy International web site explaining how laser light is produced, why it's so useful, and some of its most common applications.
  • A New Precision Cutting Tool: The Femtosecond Laser
    A Livermore team has won an R&D 100 Award for applying chirped-pulse amplification in a high-average-power mode for cutting and machining materials. The system was developed for disassembling nuclear weapons components, but it has many other uses as well.
  • Cool Facts About Lasers
    Some basic facts about Lasers and about Laser Cooling from the Cool Fact of the Day Archives.

Pregnancy and Radiation




Ask the Experts - Questions About Radiation