How to make plutonium

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY KE VIN DUPZ YK PHOTOGR APHS BY GREG MILLER

The stuff of war – and peace

The in­side of the wet hot cell at Oak Ridge Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory, where sci­en­tists use ni­tric acid and col­umns of sil­ica glass to re­move dan­ger­ously ra­dioac­tive ma­te­rial that ac­crues in nep­tu­nium – plutonium’s pre­cur­sor – dur­ing ship­ping from Idaho Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory.

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