Background radiation mainly comes from natural sources, which include cosmic rays, soil and rocks and living things, according to the BBC. Artificial radiation originates mainly from types of medical examinations like X-... More » Science Physics Optics & Waves

The spectrum of electromagnetic radiation is comprised of waves or particles that carry different amounts of energy. The visible spectrum is what humans and most animals see. The least energetic range of electromagnetic ... More » Science Physics Magnetism

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