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The science of nuclear energy
The science of nuclear energy

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1.2.7 Ideas about radioactivity

This is a photograph with a factory setting in the background and a sign saying ‘CAUTION CONTROLLED AREA. CAUTION: RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL’ in the foreground.
Figure 11

Many bold claims were made in the video about the health benefits of contact with radioactive materials.

In the intervening years the scientific community has learned much about radioactivity, but not all of these ideas are well understood by the wider community.

Activity 2

Consider the following questions:

  • Can you contrast the attitude to radioactivity a hundred years ago to our attitude today?
  • Do you think that people are better informed today?
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