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Split Over the Atom

Binyamin Rose

Experts in atomic energy and international relations have been splitting hairs over the recently announced framework agreement that the international community says will halt Iran’s quest to manufacture nuclear weapons. What are the most pressing questions about the deal, its background, and the fine print?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WHAT IS URANIUM AND HOW IS IT MOST COMMONLY USED? Uranium is element #92 out of the 118 elements in the periodic table. It is found in minute quantities in most rocks and is common in the earth’s crust and seawater. German chemistMartinKlaproth is generally credited with discovering uranium in 1789 but its radioactive properties were only detected over a century later (1896) by French physicistAntoineHenriBecquerel, who eventually shared a 1903 Nobel Prize in physics withMarie andPierreCurie for their research on radioactivity. Processed for the benefit of humanity, as theCuries had intended, uranium products ushered in the era of nuclear medicine, including noninvasive scans on vital organs and cancer screening.

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