US nuclear relic found in bottle

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A bottle discarded at a waste site in the US contains the oldest sample of bomb-grade plutonium ever made in a nuclear reactor, scientists say.

The sample dates to 1944 and is a relic from the infancy of the US nuclear weapons programme.

A team from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory used nuclear forensic techniques to date the sample and track down its origins

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7918618.stm

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