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Who’s next?

  First we got the bomb and that was good, ‘cause we love peace and brotherhood. Then Russia got the bomb, but that’s OK ‘cause the balance of power’s maintained that way. Who’s next?    From the song “Who’s Next” by musician, satirist, and mathematician Tom Lehrer   An early American nuclear submarine, the USS Scorpion, […]

Back to the basics: producing fissile materials

Fissile materials have been in the news a lot in recent years – Iran’s uranium enrichment program, North Korea’s continuing nuclear weapons program, the on-going nuclear security summit, and so forth. Given all of this attention this seems like a good time to talk about what fissile materials are and how they’re produced – and […]