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Questions tagged [radioactivity]

Questions about the radioactive decay of nuclei, the radiation emitted in the process of such decay, and the effects thereof on the world. Compare [weak-force] and [nuclear-power].

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A world where nuclear fission does not produce radioactivity [closed]

I think the title explains it, but I am interested in how a world might differ from our own if fission had no radioactivity associated with the fuel, process, or waste/byproducts. The obvious answers ...
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All the Radioactive Metals Inside Earth's Core--How Would They Affect Convection?

In relation to a recent question of mine, this alternate Earth still has its core consisting of 84% iron, but the other 16% contains the greatest concentrations of all known species of heavy metals (...
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Is there anyway life could survive a nuclear apocalypse realistically?

The only such media I've seen is Fallout, which is obviously highly fantastical. I mean, they mutant animals and irradiated zombies running around! But realistically, is there anyway that life could ...
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What could make a planet more radioactive at night?

In the story of my video game, I want a group of colonists to land at dawn on an alien planet and have to terraform or build protective structures before sundown (several earth days). I want the ...
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Can a radioactive moon affect life on a planet?

This question is meant as a reality check on this answer to The land grows evil and corrupted ... but why? Radioactive moon in a nearly geosynchronous orbit. It slowly kills or alters all life ...
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High energy density radioactive materials not commonly found on earth

What materials would be significantly better than currently commonly used radioactive materials (Uranium/Plutonium) for energy generation? I am looking for some material which could've been brought (...
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Using Polonium in a WMD

A gram of vaporized polonium can kill more than a million people and thus is the most potent poison known to Man. Having read this article, my crazy dictator immediately assembled the most experienced ...
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Radioactive weapon feasibility study

I had an idea about a weapon which kills people using radioactivity bursts: Weapon function: It kills a specific person with radioactivity. It should be as selective as possible. Some wider range is ...
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Could a creature evolve to have a biological Geiger Counter?

I was thinking of a situation in which a creature lives in a region in which the levels of radioactivity varies from harmless to lethal from place to place and time to time. It takes millions of ...
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Would all living things be preserved by radiation in the aftermath of a cobalt bomb's detonation?

I don't know where else to ask this, but I have seem similar questions on this part of Stack Exchange. Basically, this is a serious curiosity. In other words: I want to know what would happen to ...
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Can intelligent species evolve to consume and emit ionizing radiation?

Is it possible to have a multi-cellular complex organism capable of emitting ionizing radiation and I am not talking about banana I meant intelligent lifeforms that can develop tools also on top of ...
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How can a person without Geiger counter and modern education in physics learn the concept of radioactivity?

Imagine there are two regions, one of which has a significantly higher level of radiation. Think of Pripyat (higher level of radiation) and its surroundings (lower levels). How can a person without ...
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World after extreme nuclear radiactivity and mass reproduction

For whatever reason earth has been contaminated with extreme amounts of nuclear radioactivity that cause dna changes as much as that would be possible, countries from all over the world come to an ...
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Could there be life on a planet with high radioactive activity?

I make no assumptions to the nature of this planet. There are high chances it does not have an atmosphere or a lithosphere. But in a planet that shows a high level of radioactive activity, would it be ...