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"Uranium Breakthrough May Pave the Way for Entirely New Materials"

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Looks yuge, but yuge in a behind the scenes way.

 

Uranium Breakthrough May Pave the Way for Entirely New Materials

 

In Brief Uranium has largely been relegated to nuclear energy and weapons development, but researchers from the University of Manchester think it could do so much more. The scientists discovered that it's capable of new unprecedented reactions.

 


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On the one hand, progress is always great, but one nice thing about Uranium being used mostly for nuclear power/bombs means that when some rogue nation starts stockpiling uranium, the rest of the world knows somethings up. 

 

If uranium turns out to be incredibly useful in lots of ways, then it becomes much easier to hide people using it for bombs etc. 

 

Not saying they should  stop research or anything crazy, but policing nuclear weapon ownership may get more difficult. Hopefully it will use a form of uranium that can't cause nuclear explosions.



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On the one hand, progress is always great, but one nice thing about Uranium being used mostly for nuclear power/bombs means that when some rogue nation starts stockpiling uranium, the rest of the world knows somethings up. 

 

If uranium turns out to be incredibly useful in lots of ways, then it becomes much easier to hide people using it for bombs etc. 

 

Not saying they should  stop research or anything crazy, but policing nuclear weapon ownership may get more difficult. Hopefully it will use a form of uranium that can't cause nuclear explosions.

That would be non-enriched uranium, the kind that occurs in nature and isn't almost impossible to produce except by the governments of advanced industrial nations.


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^ For the most part.


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But it can still cause nuclear explosions, if you enrich it, If everything they're working on works with depleted uranium for example, then that's much harder to enrich right? So a country stockpiling depleted uranium is ​probably ​not a sign that they're starting a nuclear weapons program.

 

You need pretty substantial nuclear facilities to enrich any form of uranium right? So I guess it would still be tough to get it done in secret whatever type the new tech relies on. 


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