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plutonium

(Science: chemical) Plutonium. A naturally radioactive element of the actinide metals series. It has the atomic symbol pu, atomic number 94, and atomic weight 242. Plutonium is used as a nuclear fuel, to produce radioisotopes for research, in radionuclide batteries for pacemakers, and as the agent of fission in nuclear weapons.

Chemical name: Plutonium A solid silvery gray radioactive transuranic element whose atoms can be split when bombarded with neutrons; found in minute quantities in uranium ores but is usually synthesized in nuclear reactors; 13 isotopes are known with the most important being plutonium 239.


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Nuclear Power?

Nuclear fuel (Uranium) is converted into Plutonium - which in turn can be used as fuel or bomb-material. The bomb part is what scares the U.S. into not re-using nuclear fuel. They're afraid the wrong people will get their hands on it. France ...

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by AstusAleator
Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Nuclear Power?
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Bio Project Help

I think you might have trouble finding pure elements, but if not, a very interesting one to use would be plutonium http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomacco

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by mith
Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:23 am
 
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: Bio Project Help
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The Fiber Disease

... to take photos of......shall we? http://www.eh.doe.gov/ohre/roadmap/roadmap/photos/f46.gif oh, that was: Experimental cardiac pacemaker powered by plutonium, ca. 1968 next: http://www.eh.doe.gov/ohre/roadmap/roadmap/photos/f54.gif oh, that was: The first patient to receive boron neutron capture ...

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by London
Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:43 am
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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The Fiber Disease

... history of leaks, spills, accidents and releases into the environment with its radioactive materials. Our community now has elevated levels of plutonium in city parks and tritium (radioactive hydrogen) in our grapes and other agricultural products. Who is to say we won't have to contend with ...

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by London
Wed May 24, 2006 5:53 am
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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The Fiber Disease

... in the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. Uranium extracted from spent nuclear fuels included low levels of transuranics (americium, neptunium, and plutonium), technetium-99, and uranium-236. The gaseous diffusion process concentrates these contaminants in the enriched uranium and decreases the ...

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by elmoscubas
Sun Dec 18, 2005 3:30 am
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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