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Fishing out' radioactive elements from nuclear waste

Source: DNA, Date: March , 2017

DNA, Mar, 2017 : According to a recent study arsenic molecules might be used to fish out the most toxic elements from radioactive nuclear waste - a breakthrough that could make the decommissioning industry even safer and more effective. The University of Manchester?s Elizabeth Wildman reported the first examples of thorium with multiple bonds to arsenic to exist under ambient conditions on multi-gram scales where before they had only been prepared on very small scales at temperatures approaching that of interstellar space (3-10 Kelvin). "Nuclear power could potentially produce far less carbon dioxide than fossil fuels, but the long-lived waste it produces is radioactive and needs to be handled appropriately," said Wildman.

 

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