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  • n  a radioactive transuranic metallic element; produced by bombarding plutonium with helium nuclei

  • The alpha particles entered the curium nuclei and some of them stayed there, turning the curium into Element 98.
  • Fields and his colleague Arnold Friedman decided that the best bet would be to bombard curium with carbon ions in a cyclotron.
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  • What Fire and Leakage At WIPP Means For Nuclear Waste Disposal
    Lasrick (2629253) writes "An underground fire and a separate plutonium leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has left the US with no repository for transuranic (TRU) waste--that is, radioactive elements heavier than uranium on the periodic chart, such as plutonium, americium, curium and neptunium. WIPP is a bedded salt formation in New Mexico, chosen because of its presumed long-term ...
    March 24, 2014 - Slashdot

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