isotopes

Hunting for rare isotopes: The mysterious radioactive atomic nuclei that will be in tomorrow’s technology

Hunting for rare isotopes: The mysterious radioactive atomic nuclei that will be in tomorrow’s technology

When you hear the term “radioactive” you likely think “bad news,” maybe along the lines of fallout from an atomic bomb. But radioactive materials are actually used in a wide range of beneficial applications. In medicine, they routinely help diagnose and treat disease. Irradiation helps keep a number of foods free from insects and invasive pests. Archaeologists use them to figure out how old an artifact might be. And the list goes on.