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View Resource ABC's of Nuclear Science

Produced by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the ABC's of Nuclear Science site gives high school students and perhaps even entry level college students a good general overview of nuclear science. Through descriptions and illustrations, students get to explore nuclear structure; radioactivity; alpha, beta, and gamma decay; half-life; reactions; fusion; fission; cosmic rays; and...

View Resource Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center

The Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center was developed by NASA to increase the general public's interest in cosmic and heliospheric science. This expansive site discusses the basics of astrophysics including energetic particles and magnetic fields. Students can learn all about galactic and anomalous cosmic rays as well as solar winds and coronal holes. With the help of its handy astronomical...

View Resource Cosmic Radiation Creates Unfriendly Skies

In this activity students read about the effects of radiation on airline passengers, and discover that during a trip in a jet plane at altitudes of 30,000 feet, cosmic rays and other energetic particles pose a great problem and can lead to significant health risks, especially for airline pilots. Students then apply mathematical concepts to calculate dosages and write a letter to persuade the...

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