Carbon-14 is an important tool for studying the past.
As the protons and neutrons separate from the original element, they release large amounts of energy called binding energy, which held the subatomic particles together.
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However, since alpha particles are very big, they don't get too far and are easily blocked by our clothing.
When an element undergoes alpha decay, it releases protons, which turn it into a different element entirely.