Scientists take baby-step towards better storage, recycling of nuclear fuel

MINING.COM | Researchers have demonstrated that curium can be manipulated to a degree where it may pave the way for new strategies to recycle nuclear fuel and improve the long-term storage of radioactive elements.

Curium is element 96 in the periodic table, one of the heaviest known to date and also one of the last that can be seen with the naked eye.

In a paper published in the journal Nature, a team of scientists from Florida State University, the University at Buffalo and Aachen University explain that the behaviour of curium’s outer electrons can be altered by shortening the distance between it and surrounding lighter atoms. 

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