Breaking expectation, an educational tool

Posted on 12th Nov 2017 00:00:00 in Education

I have been teaching (radiation) physics since 2010, which started out in 2005 as student assist and helping my fellow students. Over the years I’ve not only taught students but also professionals which is a very varied target audience. Even though both groups have a completely different INSTEEK to physics they have one thing in common. They like to be surprised.

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Smartphone radiation photography

Posted on 24th Oct 2017 00:00:00 in Radiation

In my original post of Smartphones as Dosimeters I mentioned that I would follow it up with a post about how smartphones detect radiation. It is actually quite simple.

 

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Radiation risks

Posted on 8th Oct 2017 00:00:00 in Radiation

To supplement my earlier post about radiation misconception I want to write about the possible  dangers of radiation. In doing so I hope to reassure anyone who is uneasy regarding any type of exposure, or at least help. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

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Radiation misconceptions

Posted on 8th Oct 2017 00:00:00 in Radiation

People often have a gut feeling regarding the dangers of radiation. This gut feeling often originates from the depiction of radiation in (social) media, which is often wrong. An important part of this radiophobia is the lack of knowledge and therefore the inability to distinguish between different types of radiation. Let’s tackle some of these misconceptions:

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Cell phone microwave

Posted on 26th Sep 2017 00:00:00 in Radiation

Some time ago a colleague asked me about the dangers of smartphone radiation. He was of course pointing to the fact that cell phone radiation could possibly cause cancer. As we talked I explained that the absorption of radiation in the body causes the body to heat up...at which point our conversation derailed.

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Chernobyl holiday

Posted on 14th Sep 2017 00:00:00 in Radiation

So, I went on holiday to Chernobyl a few years back…it was amazing!

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Banana calculator

Posted on 13th Sep 2017 00:00:00 in Radiation , Web design

I made a simple script which translates a selection of radiation exposures to a estimated amount of bananas. Even though the result is quite basic it was fun to build!

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My first drone

Posted on 6th Sep 2017 00:00:00 in Drones

About two years ago I got hooked on freestyle drone flying after watching some Charpu and Skitzo clips on Youtube. I decided to buy a Hubsan X4 to see if flying was anything for me at all…it was awesome!

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Smartphones as dosimeters

Posted on 6th Sep 2017 00:00:00 in Radiation

So I decided to do my master thesis on the validity and reliability of smartphones as dosimeters. The results were quite surprising me!

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Radioactive bananas

Posted on 5th Sep 2017 00:00:00 in Radiation

I sometimes like to use bananas put a perspective on the dose received from scatter radiation. This novel approach often triggers interest in people and emphasizes the negligibility of the dose we are talking about.

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I'm a webdev!

Posted on 4th Sep 2017 00:00:00 in Web design

After working on the blog for several weeks I am finally able to place posts. In some way this makes me a web-developer...although this is a gross overstatement. 

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