What is antimatter and how is it used?

Answered by Jagoda Urban-KlaehnIdaho American Nuclear Society (ANS) Board MemberRadiation & Positron SpectroscopyIsotope Production & Co-AssayIdaho National Laboratory Antimatter might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s more fact than fiction. Antimatter is a mirror reflection of matter that was originally created in the Big Bang, in the very beginning of the…

Why don’t microwave ovens get moldy?

Asked by Kirk Hings of Idaho Falls Answered by Nathan Taylor, Eastern Idaho Public Health, REHS Environmental Health Supervisor Mold needs three things to grow: A food source, water, and oxygen. The most common forms of mold we see are found on bread, cheese, or any other food that has been left too long in…

I just found out I have pretty high levels of radon in my basement. What are the effects of radon? Where does it come from?

Question Answered by Arthur Rood, President K-Spar Inc. Radon-222 is a tasteless, odorless gas formed by the decay of radium-226. Radium-226 is a naturally occurring radioactive element that is present in most soils and masonry building materials in small quantities. Typical radium-226 concentrations in soil range from 0.5 to 2 picocuries per gram, but in…

How does fermenting food work to preserve it?

Question answered by Miles Knowles MBA Sustainability from Bard College and studied resilience in food systems. The historical purpose of fermentation was preserving fresh food in a time before refrigeration, although the health benefits of lactic acid fermentation have sparked a new generation of home fermentation enthusiasts. Lactic acid fermentation, or lacto-fermentation, is an anaerobic…