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

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.

If you buy a copy, please take the time to rate it! I would appreciate your feedback.

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!