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What Are Some Cool Projects With Radioactivity?

#1

Hello does anybody have any suggestions for projects that have radioactivity in them. Something like small fusion reactors, tritium clocks ect.

Post any suggestion you have!

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#2

What materials do you have access to? What country are you in?

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#3

Asking for friend. Sweden, idk let’s say anything for now and I’ll filter myself.

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#4

This guy blazed a trail

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#5

radiation is not really something suited for backyard project…

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#6

Only background radiation monitoring (for whatever reason one would do that).

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#7

Asked wife (PhD Partical Physics) Said most of the lab type stuff is pretty boring.

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#8

A small safe fusion reactor would be cool. Till Big Oil makes you dissapear…

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#9

Best bang for the buck, in my humble… a cloud chamber! It lets you “see” nuclear radiation in action, at least, the bigger particles.

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#10

That is actually a good idea.

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#11

My favorite are when the odd cosmic ray hits the chamber and leaves a much longer trail. That is evidence they pack a lot more energy than any alpha or beta decay from a terrestrial source.

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#12

radiation isn’t generally something appropriate for patio venture…

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#13

u could take xray pictures of dead animals food.

fission or fusion will get u in trouble in virtually any country afaik

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#14

Yeah, even if you are a Boy Scout

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#15

if you can get your hands on enough smoke detectors you could make a reactor

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#16

Google “Gieger Counter fun”
A ton of stuff comes up

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#17

Here’s an idea: a true random number generator based on radioactive decay. You could start by using a smoke detector and a Geiger counter or maybe a scintillator.

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#18

Re-heating dinner… :smiley:

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#19

Hooking a geiger-mueller tube to an arduino could do that, the software and electronics are a project though.

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#20

There’s enough random background rads to do this without messing with the sample inside a smoke detector. Although tiny, Americium is one of the hottest radiation sources commonly available. Being tiny also makes it dangerous, since it’s easy to misplace when removed from the detector.

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