Besides from being a series of popular first-person shooter video games, half-life is an important factor to consider in any applications of radioactivity. It seems quite a weird quantity at first glance; we usually talk about the lifespan of things, rather than half a lifespan. But as you will see, the ‘half-life’ is far more logical, because the lifespan of a radioactive substance is… well, infinite (theoretically).

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Resistance Is Futile

I will bravely assume that any electrical apparatus in your household does not have a 100% energy efficiency, i.e. the useful energy you obtain is less than the energy you put in. It is obviously preferred to have 100% efficiency because not only do you get more out of your money, but it also saves more fossil fuels, a finite resource. Energy inefficiency is an issue that has plagued the civilisation for centuries, and scientists strive to find ways of obtaining maximum efficiency wherever possible.

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The Disease of the Mind

In the summer of 2010, an 80 m tall, 1.65 MW wind turbine was constructed in the small town of Falmouth in Massachusetts, by a private company called Notus Clean Energy. This wind turbine has the capacity to displace 5.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide on average every day, and to date, the turbine has generated over 16 GWh of electricity, enough to provide for 670 homes.

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