Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Background Radiation Poster

Guest design work by, Mia Frances Kennedy

(Been a bit busy with end of year reports/vivas etc, so this has been neglected for a fair bit. However, here's some awesome artwork to tide you over)
Below is a poster by Mia Kennedy (Blog, Twitter) who is a design student at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She's the talent behind our logo/avatar (the picture, not the text - she's not a fan of the font we used). The poster is part of her work looking at science communication. Let us know what you think. Data is from the WNA and the coloured bits are scaled to accurately represent each source of background radiation (very xkcd).


If you wish to re-use it please contact Mia via her blog. Alternatively, drop us an email at nuclear.hitchhiker@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch.


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  2. What a lovely picture, quick question. How much of the radon gas is released from uranium mining?

    1. Basically none as far as the general public is concerned. Radon exposure is from the soil where you live and work. It's dependent on local geology (and building construction too), so it varies a great deal.

  3. I believe Kirk Sorkenson commented that burning up coal (I believe, might be gas, not entirely sure) produces a big amount of radon. Is there a source for that?