Posts Tagged: radiation

Remembering Stephen Hawking

Remembering Stephen Hawking

On Wednesday 14th March, the scientific community lost one of the key figures in popularising science. Stephen Hawking, cosmologist and professor at University of Cambridge, actively made science accessible to non-scientists by writing books such as “A Brief History of Time” and “The Universe in a Nutshell“. These books not only inspired many young people… Read more

Radiation Recovery and Amino Acids

Radiation Recovery and Amino Acids

Many patients with various cancer diagnoses use radiation therapy as a typical course of action to decrease tumor size. However, it has been shown previously that the radiation treatment negatively impacts digestion. Radiation destroys villi-producing cells within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which produce finger-like projections of the small intestine that absorb electrolytes, nutrients, and water. The destruction… Read more

Exploring Ultraviolet

Exploring Ultraviolet

The Sun emits ultraviolet (UV) light of wavelengths from all across the UV spectrum (400-10 nm). Thankfully, the ionizing UV radiation is almost always absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, more specifically, the Ozone layer, and can not reach the surface of the Earth; most UV radiation that comes to the surface of the earth is… Read more

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Explained

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Explained

In March 2011, the Fukushima disaster shocked the international community and prompted a global panic. Since then, the topics of nuclear energy and nuclear safety has been extensively debated. Many critics call for an immediate termination of the use of nuclear energy. This discussion on the Fukushima disaster is the third and final part of… Read more

Nuclear Medicine: Radioimmunotherapy

Nuclear Medicine: Radioimmunotherapy

This post is Part 2 of a three-part series on radiation. The most well known use of nuclear technology in medicine is the cancer treatment, chemotherapy. However there are many other practical applications of nuclear medicine that can be used to treat other diseases. In the year 1934, Frederic Joliot-Curie and Irene Joliot-Curie discovered artificial… Read more

Understanding Radiation

Understanding Radiation

“The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.” -David Bohm, a theoretical physicist of the 20th century On February 23, 1941, American chemist Glenn T. Seaborg and his colleagues identified plutonium as a new element at the University of California, Berkeley. However, in 1986, near the end of the Anti-Nuclear Movement, the… Read more