There’s radiation, and then there’s radiation. When a scientist hears the word “radiation”, they think of the electromagnetic spectrum – radio waves, microwaves, infra-red, visible light, ultraviolet light, x-rays and gamma rays. These are all types of electromagnetic radiation. However, thanks to popular culture, when the average person hears the word “radiation” they think of the stuff that causes both giant carnivorous ants and cancer/radiation sickness. This post is going to be about the difference between the two, and why that is.