Everyday Sources of Radiation

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The idea of being exposed to sources of everyday radiation conjures up all sorts of mental images, and none of them are positive. At the very best, you'll be thinking about Blinky, the three-eyed fish from "The Simpsons," at worst... who knows. However, all day every day, you are being exposed to radiation. Walking to a friend's house? Radiation. Cooking yourself a snack after school? Radiation. Playing football, sitting and reading, teasing your cat? You guessed it—radiation.

Radiation is all around us no matter what we do. Radiation occurs naturally in the air, earth and water we're constantly in contact with. More radiation comes from various manmade sources—cigarettes, microwave ovens, and even cell phones. Use this playlist to learn more about radiation, and the ways in which it may or may not affect your everyday life.

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