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The Rock that Shaped the World

Monday, May 25, 2009

Uranium may just look like yellow dirt, but it's altered the course of human history and shaped the modern world. In his new book Uranium: War, Evergy and the Rock that Shaped the World reporter Tom Zoellner examines the paradox of this powerful element: that the stability of our world rests in a substance that is unstable at its core.

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Tom Zoellner

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Comments [1]

gregb from NJ

One correction: Plutonium is much easier to purify than uranium, and requires about 4x less material to make a bomb of the same devastating power. Its also easier to generate in a power plant- thus plutonium proliferation is a very worrisome trend...

May. 25 2009 01:36 PM

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