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Radon Friedrich Ernst Dorn is the scientist who announced the discovery of radon, a noble gas. Frederick is a German chemist from the 19th century that studied radiums decay chain. There were a lot of names for radon before 1923 when it officially became radon, like niton a Latin word which means shining, another name for it was theorem emanation because the gas was discovered in theorem . Radon is a weak yet deadly gas that should never be underestimated.
Radon was discovered in 1900 by a scientist named Friedrich Ernst Dorn but it was not him that did the experiments. It was Robert B. Owens and Ernest Rutherford who did them at McGill University in Montreal. What they were originally doing was measuring the radiation levels of theorem oxide. But they noticed that it contained a radioactive gas that could be radioactive on its own for several minutes. They first called it theorem emanation then the name changed to radon in 1923. Radon till this day is still collected through the decay chain of radium. Radon is a very radioactive gas it is also colorless and odorless at room temperature. A common form of radons decay is alpha decay, alpha decay is not known to be a big radiological hazard since alpha particles that are produced from the process can be easily stopped. But although radon seems almost harmless it is still a gas and can be easily inhaled into living tissue where the body is exposed directly to the radiation. Even though Radon is radioactive its half-life is relatively short which is a good thing if any of it leaks out, radon can also be collected on dust particles and inhaled as well this poses for some concern as to how much radon is present within homes.
Radon is notorious for causing lung cancer every year it is estimated that Radon kills 20,000 people through lung cancer. This happens because of radon’s ability to be inhaled and directly…...

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