Limiting Factor of Nuclear Power<br />Uranium and plutonium do not decay into stable atoms for a long period of time<br />Decay: particles that continue to give off different forms of energy<br />Can happen over a long or short period of time<br />
Nuclear Waste<br />Half-life: time that it takes for nuclear waste to become stable<br />Uranium: 713,000,000 years<br />Plutonium: 24,000 years<br />This is why the government wants to store nuclear waste underground at a place like Yucca Mountain<br />
How much radiation are you exposed to?<br />Add the numbers that apply to you…<br />Radiation from space 26<br />Elevation (636 ft.) 2<br />Radiation from the ground 46<br />If you live in a house made of stone, brick, or concrete add 7<br />Radiation from your body 240<br />Weapons testing 1<br />For every 1,000 miles traveled by air, add 1<br />
How much radiation are you exposed to?<br />If you have porcelain crowns for false teeth, add 0.07<br />If you use gas lanterns when camping, add 0.003<br />If you wear an LCD watch, add 0.006<br />If you use luggage inspection at airports, add 0.002<br />If you watch TV, add 1<br />If you use a video display terminal, add 1<br />If you have a smoke detector, add 0.008<br />If you have a pacemaker, add 100<br />If you have had x-rays, add 40<br />Add together all the numbers that apply to you<br />
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