January is National Radon Action Month

I added NaCl and NaHCO3 to my Christmas cookies. I plan to clean my floors with a little CH3COOH. I'll take C9H8O4 if I end up with a headache tonight. I wear a ring with a chunk of C on it. I have a bit of Fe2O3.nH2O on my car. And, of course, I wouldn't be able to fully wake up in the morning without showering in H2O.

How easy was it for you to read the paragraph above? That probably depends on your familiarity with elements and chemical compounds (or your ability to do a really quick Google search!).

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a gaseous radioactive element having the symbol Rn and the atomic number 86. Exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is a health hazard with a simple solution - read more in "A Citizen's Guide to Radon". Of course, radon has some beneficial medical and scientific uses.

Find out more about radon and other elements by exploring the Periodic Table.

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 9:00am
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