cosmic radiation


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cosmic radiation

Ionizing radiation from the sun and other extraterrestrial sources. It has a short wavelength, high velocity, and an exceptional ability to penetrate tissue. It accounts for about one tenth of the yearly total of ionizing radiation exposure for each person. Colloquially, it is known as “cosmic rays.”
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Nir Shaviv, a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, hypothesized in 2002 that as our solar system passes through the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy, variations in cosmic radiation appear to be a causative factor of ice ages on Earth.
6 mSv annual radiation from natural cosmic radiation from space at higher altitudes with thinner atmosphere
ROSY software (Brennan et al., 1999) was used for calculating the enamel sample's age, based on the given [D.sub.A], cosmic radiation dose rate (determined at 251 [+ or -] 15 [micro]Gy/year), U, Th and K content obtained from soil sample analysis and enamel (1.4 mm AG-I thickness and 5 mm dentine thickness) in sample.
Melting ice would have exposed the rocks to more cosmic radiation than if they had remained embedded in the ice sheet, where they are now.
In 1941 we observed the heavens only in visible light, whereas today we record cosmic radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum and are on the threshold of detecting gravitational waves.
That's why, when calculating risk, experts talk about exposures above "background levels." These include radiation doses from environmental radon, as well as cosmic radiation reaching Earth from space.
Airplane travel itself exposes us to more cosmic radiation simply because we're 30,000 or so feet closer to the sun, in a thinner atmosphere.
In other words, the exposure to natural cosmic radiation for a single transcontinental flight is 300 to 400 times greater than going through a security checkpoint.
The detector was placed in a lead protective chamber with 10-12 cm thick walls to absorb the mild component of cosmic radiation. Muons generate light micro flashes in the NaI(Tl) crystal of 6.3x6.3 cm size.
Considering its damaging effect on living organisms, one can reasonably assume that galactic cosmic radiation (CR) can also damage embryos in their early stages of development.
They describe the effect of global climate change, how the emission of strong electromagnetic thermal corpuscular energy preceded fires, how solar wind penetrates the atmosphere, the effect and direction of air masses, the factor of cloudiness, and the effect of cosmic radiation, with discussion of specific cases in Portugal and Central and South Europe.
Today, carbon dioxide from carbon-based fuels impedes cosmic radiation. Our heat sink is rapidly disappearing.