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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 10:18 PM
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Safe nuclear dump discovered
Safe nuclear dump discovered

Russian geologists have discovered a new mineral which absorbs radiation from liquid nuclear waste. They are now striving to chemically clone it, in the hope it may help solve the problem of radioactive waste disposal.

The Khibinsky Mountains in the Arctic Circle are home to one of the worlds richest mineral quarries. About 10 per cent of all new minerals are discovered there and the new one, Ivanukite, was no exception.

The new mineral was tested and named at the Kola Science Institute.

The geologist who discovered it, Viktor Yakovenchuk, says its capable of absorbing radioactive substances like caesium and rubidium from water-based solutions, and storing them inside.

And radioactive water would be completely safe after coming into contact with Ivanukite.

Its nature that is showing us a way to solve the problem of preserving those radioactive isotopes, Yakovenchuk believes.

http://russiatoday.ru/scitech/news/23383
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napoleon_in_rags Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 11:55 PM
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1. Really interesting, thanks.
I've been thinking about whether or not nuclear power is part of a sane solution to our problems lately. If they could deal with the waste that would solve a big part of the problem.
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