We live in a radioactive world, and we're not just talking about the times when a nuclear plant is melting down and scaring the heck out of us. How much do you know about the ABGs (or alphas, betas and gammas) of nuclear radiation?
Question 1 of 20
What makes something radioactive?
Question 2 of 20
Which of the following events would expose you to the most radiation?
Question 3 of 20
How does radioactive material generate electricity?
Question 4 of 20
Which of the following typically poses the biggest health threat to humans?
Question 5 of 20
Which of the following household items might contain radioactive material?
Question 6 of 20
How do you neutralize the radioactivity of a substance?
Question 7 of 20
What percentage of harmful gamma rays do the hazmat suits worn by nuclear technicians block?
Question 8 of 20
Who was the first person to discover radioactivity?
Question 9 of 20
Where was the first nuclear reactor constructed?
Question 10 of 20
How long can some nuclear-powered submarines go without refueling?
Question 11 of 20
How many nuclear power plants are there worldwide?
Question 12 of 20
What are some of the symptoms of acute radiation syndrome?
Question 13 of 20
What does the United States currently do with high-level nuclear waste generated from nuclear power plants?
Question 14 of 20
What does the term "half-life" mean in reference to radioactive material?
Question 15 of 20
Now that we've discussed the term half-life, take a guess at what the half-life for uranium 238 (U-238) is.
Question 16 of 20
What are nuclear physicists referring to when they mention the "island of stability"?
Question 17 of 20
How do workers at nuclear power plants know when they've received the maximum amount of radiation deemed safe?
Question 18 of 20
Which of the following is NOT a real radioactive element?
Question 19 of 20
Which of the following statements is NOT true?
Question 20 of 20