Ember of a New World

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My first book is now available to buy!

Ember of a New World Cover

Ember of a New World Cover

I have just released my first book, Ember of a New World!

I’m working on two more books, even now! :)

The book is on sale at a very reasonable price for an eBook of $4.99 at Lulu.com, and soon at Amazon.

Website: http://EmberofaNewWorld.com
Purchase: http://www.lulu.com/shop/tom-watson/ember-of-a-new-world/ebook/product-21954842.html

Ember of a New World is the heroic tale of a young woman’s struggle to survive in the wild world of early Neolithic Europe. Ember journeys from her tribe’s village on the river Rhine across the wilds of prehistoric Europe in search of the Ends of the World. Along the way, she faces raiders, wolves, the North Sea, and her own struggle to find herself in a world where women rarely tread. The setting is 5500 BCE Europe at the dawn of the Neolithic era in what would one day be known as Germany. Every effort has been made to bring historical accuracy to the book, from clothing and tools to language and religion.

[Five Reviewer's Wanted!]
If you are interested in reviewing my book, please contact me. I will choose five reviewers and reimburse them for their purchase of my eBook ($4.99) BEFORE they review my book. My reimbursement has nothing to do with your review (it would be posted on the Lulu site and not to me, anyway). So, you come out even (no profit and no loss).

Note: Only contact me for a review if you have an example of something you have written online which you can provide in a link. It doesn’t have to be amazing, but I am trying to weed out Trolls. :) Please be 18 years or older (no offense to the youth). Tom@EmberofaNewWorld.com

P.S. If nothing more, let your friends know about the website and maybe they might get a copy. It’s less than the cost of a burger and fries.

The Sounds of the Atoms

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I made the recordings and the images seen in the video.

Sounds made using a GS1100A from GammaSpectacular.com, a Radiation Sensors SPA38 from SpectrumTechniques.com, sources from SpectrumTechniques.com (and other places), software from PRA

The gamma energies are detected by the NaI(Tl) detector and converted into pulses of electricity, proportionate to their energy (low energy, low voltage, high energy, high voltage). The spectrometer converted these to sound. The higher the energy, the higher the pitch of the sound.

Sources/detector: SpectrumTechniques.com
Spectrometer: GammaSpectacular.com
Software: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/~marek…
Spectra: http://anti-proton.com/?page_id=663

Radioactive Monazite Tested!

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Monazite, a Rare Earth Minerals rich mineral found in many parts of the world, from India, to Brazil.
This sample contained thorium, which made it radioactive.

Bionerd23 basking in Monazite-rich sands in Brazil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdHHUGwFoJE

My spectrum of the sample: http://anti-proton.com/monazite.png

Radioactive Camera Lens

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This is my new Pentax Asahi Takumar 1:1.4/50mm lens… but it also happens to be radioactive! It contains Thorium 232.

Uranium Glassware Shopping!

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I journey to Fredericksburg VA to find uranium glassware to buy!