What’s non-ionizing radiation?

Non-ionizing radiation, such as radio waves, infrared, microwaves, visible light, and near ultraviolet, does not have enough energy to ionize molecules or atoms. While less harmful than ionizing radiation, it can still cause harm to living organisms. Laser light is the only potentially harmful form of non-ionizing radiation, and following safety procedures can protect against […]

Ionizing vs. non-ionizing radiation: what’s the difference?

All energy is radiation, with two types: ionizing and non-ionizing. Ionizing radiation is more dangerous than non-ionizing radiation, but has medical benefits. Ionization removes electrons from atoms, causing molecular damage and cancer. Non-ionizing radiation can still excite atoms and cause burns. The sun produces both types, with radon gas contributing the largest proportion of ionizing […]

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