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The Future of Plutonium

On November 6, 1944, researchers at the Hanford Site in Washington first created weapons-grade plutonium, the radioactive element used less than a year later in the Fat Man, the atomic plutonium implosion-type bomb dropped on Nagasaki,

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The demon core: A scary story of sloppy science from the Manhattan Project

I think we can all agree that the physicists, engineers, and chemists who worked on the Manhattan Project -- which ultimately ended World War II -- were consummate geniuses and paragons of professionalism. Except they weren't. The demon core of plutonium