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Illustration of the relative abilities of three different types of ionizing radiation to penetrate solid matter.
Typical alpha particles (α) are stopped by a sheet of paper, while beta particles (β) are stopped by an aluminum plate.
Radiation is often categorized as either ionizing or non-ionizing depending on the energy of the radiated particles.
Ionizing radiation carries more than 10 e V, which is enough to ionize atoms and molecules, and break chemical bonds.
Animals and plants have a known proportion of Carbon-14 (a radioisotope of Carbon) in their tissues.