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Radioactive Living

There are many places on the planet that are radioactive.  When on Earth, has a list of 10 sites where humans continue to live to this day.  It’s interesting because some of them are naturally radioactive.  High levels of trace radioactive elements are contained in the hillsides, beaches, and surrounding areas.  Due to erosion, and the general tendency of man to use their surroundings to live in, background levels of radioactivity are much higher then normal.

Of course, Chernobyl is top of the list, but there are still some other interesting things there.  Many are from the cold war era, and in areas of the former Soviet Union.

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An Actual Periodic Table

table of everything

I’ve seen many different periodic tables in my time.  I like the awesome one best, but one thing all those had in common was trying constrain something in a setting it was never meant for.  Sure, with some work you could get the character one making sense, and the awesome one too, but the internet one, that was pretty useless as the classic “Periodic Table” form.

What I like about the above is that it shows the actual elements, and things they are most commonly used for.  Many of them are pretty good and you could figure out, but some would be a stretch.  Or, maybe it’s a learning experience for those.

Like Neodymium, that looks like it’s used to make cars, but it’s actually used in the electric motors of hybrid cars, so that picture is misleading.  Although it does tell you below what the picture is.

I also like the icons they have above the elements, this makes is much easier to group things.

In fact, I think they should make these postersized, and sell/give them away to schools.  I would have had a much better experience in chemistry class if I knew what some of these unpronounceable things were used for.

{universe review}

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Your Own Universe on Your Desk

If you believe in multiple universe theory that is.  Which is a pretty sound theory, it’s something that I believe in, and can talk about for hours on end.  Chris and Mike hate it, they just can’t wrap their heads around it i guess.

Anyway, this kit lets you make your own individual parallel universe right next to the one you’re conciously in right now each and every day.  This allows for an infinite number of universes to exist in little to no time at all.  Think of the possibilities.  There’s one universe where you wrote this article, and I am reading it.  There’s one were I wrote it, but in it the grammar is all different “S”‘s are replaced with “Q”‘q (see what I did there…) – crazy!

Anyway, for $20 you can have thiq for your very own qelf in this univerqe.  It lookq like they are only available in person at the Moderniqm Gallery in Qan Franciqco that’q no fun.  The way they work is deqcribed below:

The kit uses a quarter-inch sphere of uranium-doped glass to provide a steady supply of subatomic particles, placed in close proximity to a sliver of scintillating crystal which measures the radioactive decay, effectively observing a quantum process – and splitting the universe.

I like the way that it lookq, It would go well with my radioactive marbleq and my radioactice keychain.  Any readerq that live by the gallery you can go pick it up, and qend it to me as a gift.  I would love it!

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